Call for Applications: Countering Asymmetries in Knowledge Production on Africa Writing Workshop 2019

Call for Applications: Countering Asymmetries in Knowledge Production on Africa Writing Workshop 2019

Deadline: June 25, 2019

Call for applications is open for the Countering Asymmetries in Knowledge Production on Africa Writing Workshop 2019, taking place from September 9-13 , 2019 at the University of Ghana, Accra.

Asymmetries in knowledge production in African Studies are well-known and are reflected in the underrepresentation of African scholars in academic journals. This 5-day writing workshop aims to counter such asymmetries and to contribute to endogenous knowledge production in the humanities and social sciences by scholars based in West Africa (ECOWAS member countries). It will combine theoretical discussions on issues of ‘decolonizing knowledge’ with practical support to African early career scholars on research and publishing.

Programme Details

The 5-day programme will be organised as a writing retreat, with daily seminars and writing sessions. The seminars will include discussions on the decolonisation of knowledge production within African Studies, as well as practical guidance on academic writing and publishing in international journals, and on drafting research grant applications. The daily writing sessions will be supported by academic mentors and a disciplinary peer group, with coverage of humanities and social sciences.


  • Through a grant from the British Academy, financial support is available to successful applicants to cover travel expenses to Ghana from within West Africa, along with accommodation and subsistence costs for the duration of the workshop.


  • Open to early career researchers who are within 5 years of the award of a doctorate at September 1, 2019. They will also consider final year doctoral candidates;
  • Applicants should be affiliated at a recognised university in the ECOWAS region (Economic Community of West African States);
  • Female African scholars are particularly encouraged to apply, given their underrepresentation in academia.


Applications will be assessed and selected through a strictly merit-based procedure. The main selection criteria are the excellence, relevance and originality of the draft research paper, and the fit of the research with interdisciplinary African Studies in the humanities and social sciences.


The application should include the following:

  • A personal statement (1-page maximum) outlining reasons for wishing to attend the writing workshop and the benefits to be gained;
  • A draft research paper (8,000-10,000 words in English) that contains original data and preliminary data analysis, and which is aimed at journal submission;
  • A full CV

Applications to be submitted by email to [email protected] by the submission deadline of June 25, 2019. Any enquires should be directed to [email protected]

For more information, visit Countering Asymmetries in Knowledge Production on Africa Writing Workshop.