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The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) SAIS China Africa Research Initiative (SAIS-CARI) announces a call for papers for a Conference on China, Africa, and Agricultural Investment, May 16 and 17, 2014.
Call for Papers
The SAIS China Africa Research Initiative
(SAIS-CARI) will hold an inaugural public conference on May 16, 2014 and private research workshop on
May 17, 2014, in Washington, DC at Johns Hopkins University’s School of
Advanced International Studies (SAIS). The theme will be Researching China’s Agricultural Investment in Africa: ‘Land Grabs’ or ‘Friendship Farms’? The
goal will be a deeper, comparative understanding of the motives and experiences
of Chinese investors; the network of relationships: investors, governments in
China (national and provincial) and in Africa, intermediaries and brokers; and
the impact of their investments.
We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for
this conference and workshop and a Small Grant competition, with funding from
the Smith Richardson Foundation. Proposals can be submitted at any time but are due by February 14, 2014.
Papers are welcome on the following topics:
histories and/or narratives of Chinese agricultural investors’ experience
- Studies of
the business model behind China’s agro-technology demonstration centers.
and social impact of Chinese agricultural investments
and/or financial analysis of specific investments
- Studies of
failed investments that specify what happened and why
between Chinese investments and those by other investors
between Chinese investments in Africa and in other regions
The list is for suggestion only; other topics
are also welcome. All papers must be based
on fieldwork and focus on case studies of specific investments or projects.
Applicants are welcome to discuss their proposed research with the conference
organizers before making a proposal. Comparisons between Chinese and other
investors would be particularly welcome, or comparisons between Chinese
agricultural investments in Africa and in other regions (including China).
Prospective authors should submit a two page
proposal to SAIS-CARI@jhu.edu by February 14, 2014. Proposals should include a 300 word abstract of
the paper, a brief description of the research project and methodology, and a
short biography of the author. A limited amount of travel support will be
available for selected researchers to attend the conference. Authors should indicate
whether they need travel support in order to participate.
In addition, approximately five small grants of
$3000 will be awarded for researchers (including advanced masters and Ph.D. students) to (a) conduct an
initial, scoping visit to a Chinese agricultural investment project in Africa,
or (b) pay a return visit to such a project in order to update research carried
out previously. Visits should be concluded prior to the conference, although
exceptions may be made. Applicants should apply separately for the small grant,
providing a one page statement of the specific purpose for which it will be
used, and any prior research conducted on this topic. Researchers will be
expected to report their findings at the conference.
Application Deadline: February 14, 2014
Notification: February 21, 2014
Deadline for Papers: April 15, 2014
Papers can be in English, French, Portuguese or
Chinese, but applications and presentations must be made in English.