Call for participation

Progressive Social forces, Gender and the Agrarian Questions


Agrarian South Network and Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy ( hosted by the African Institute for Agrarian Studies (AIAS).


January 18 to 22, 2016.


Harare , Zimbabwe

How does it work?

The summer school is a five days full time plenary event where participants are encouraged to present, listen and debate about their struggles, work, research and advocacy connected to the present processes of rural and agrarian transformations in South.

The aim of the school is to bring together the diverse experiences of movements, NGO’s, policy makers and academics in order to strengthen our capacities of understanding the current conjuncture.

How to participate?

In 2016 AGS Summer School reaches the 8th Edition aiming to improve the participation of academics, activists and policy makers from the all over the word by anticipating the call for submissions and application in order to allow potential participants to better plan their agendas and contributions.

As the title indicates the 2016 edition addresses two major issues: Progressive Social Forces and their roles in the local, regional, continental and global agrarian questions; and Gender Relations in the Changing Agrarian Political Economies in the South. The participants elected both themes during the 2015 edition.

There are three major forms of participation: presenting papers, reporting intervention and struggles, and as a participant with no presentation.

The key issues are designed to occupy three of the four indoor days of the Programme (one of the days is usually dedicated to a field trip). The remaining day will be open, as a General Issues session, for themes and presenters whose work do not fit into the themes to present their reflections on critical and pressing debates on contemporary rural, land and agrarian issues.

As the Gender Relation theme will be dedicated to debate a Special Issue of the Agrarian South Journal ( to which the call for submission is already closed, we would be glad to receive proposals for the Progressive Rural Social Forces (a detailed call for papers is here) and for the General Issues sessions.

How to present?

To present a paper you must submit a title and a short abstract (10 lines), suggesting in which session should your work be allocated (Progressive Rural Social Forces or General Issues).

To present reports of policies, interventions and struggles you only need to provide a title that describes the general content of the presentation.


Paper proposals – 01/october/2015

Reports – 01/October/2015

All prospective participants regardless of being presenters or not must confirm their participation by 01/November/2015.


The lingua franca of the school is English but we strongly encourage the engagement of non English-speaking participants. As most of us from the South don’t have the English as our mother language, we have been able to provide a friendly environment where presentations in Spanish, French and Portuguese can be easily translated by another participant.

Financial support:

The AGS Network encourages potential participants to raise their own funds. In order to promote generational, demographical and gender diversity the organisation will look for funds (always limited) to support applicants with no funding options.

Contacts, questions and submissions:

Marcelo Rosa

Walter Chambati

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