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Publishing Workshops

Publishing Improvement Pipeline for Emerging Scholars (PIPES) Workshop

The PIPES workshop assists Emerging Scholars by providing them feedback and tools to improve the quality of written work, particularly journal submissions as well as increase their participation in the review process. Workshops will be organized to provide access to and mentorship from ASA Members within the publishing sphere, including journal editors, book publishers, and popular formats such as op-eds. The PIPES workshop is generally held in odd years. To create broader engagement and mentorship, the PIPES workshop is collaboratively organized between the Emerging Scholars Network, the African Studies Review editors, and History in Africa editors and includes members of the greater ASA community. It is an expansion of the PEASS Workshops which began in 2017.

ASR Pipeline for Emerging African Studies Scholars (PEASS) Workshops (2017-2019)

The African Studies Review (ASR) convened Pipeline for Emerging African Studies Scholars (PEASS) Workshops in collaboration with the African Studies Association (USA) to stimulate, solicit, and further develop high quality journal submissions from emerging scholars of African studies under the mentorship of established African studies scholars of various ranks. PEASS participants were primarily post-doctoral researchers, newly minted PhDs with works-in-progress currently underway, or soon-to-submit PhD students. Emerging scholars had an opportunity to work closely with scholars to re-work a pre-circulated draft article.

The broader goals of PEASS Workshops were to:
  • Increase submissions from emerging scholars to top-rated journals, especially ASR;
  • Improve quality of submissions from emerging scholars;
  • Improve access to ASR for emerging scholars;
  • Improve networking and collaboration opportunities among likeminded scholars;
  • Increase participation of emerging scholars in review process.

African Studies Review often held two workshops each year, one on the continent and one immediately preceding the ASA Annual Meeting in the US.

In 2019, African Studies Review held the following workshops:
  • October 23, 2019, Nairobi, Kenya

  • November 20, 2019, Boston, Massachusetts

In 2018, African Studies Review held the following workshops:
  • November 28, 2018, Atlanta, Georgia

  • May 28, 2018, Johannesburg, South Africa