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Call to Submission – 1st Annual Pambazuka Samir Amin Award

Pambazuka News is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the first annual Pambazuka Samir Amin Award. This award, launched to mark Samir Amin’s 80th birthday in 2011, pays tribute to the extraordinary contribution Samir Amin has made to our understanding of the exploitation of the peoples of Africa and the global South.
Entrants are required to submit an essay showing original thinking and of no longer than 10,000 words on the subject of ‘Accumulation by dispossession: the African experience’. Essays may be geographically focused on one or more countries, or about the continent as a whole; they may address the topic thematically (for example, focused on the mining sector, or agriculture, etc) or historically. Submissions are limited to one per person.

Submissions are open to citizens of African countries who on the closing date are under the age of 35 years.

A panel of leading African intellectuals from across the continent will select up to five contributors to receive this year’s award. The chosen essays will be published as a book by Pambazuka Press, and summaries will appear in Pambazuka News.

The award-winners will be invited to a ceremony (to be held in either Dakar or Nairobi) where they will present their papers and meet Professor Amin and representatives of the award panel. The winners will receive a selection of Professor Amin’s publications personally signed by him; they will also be interviewed by the media. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. Awardees may also be offered fellowships to enable them to spend periods at selected research or academic institutions in Africa; full details will be announced later.

Please submit your essay, written in clear English or French, using any common word-processing software, together with a summary of no longer than 500 words, and a copy of your CV. Please follow the author guidelines (.doc and .pdf) and the Pambazuka News style guide (.doc and .pdf) or write to to obtain copies.

Essays should be submitted by 6pm GMT on 30 April 2011 and sent to: The results will be announced in September 2011.


2 comments on “Call to Submission – 1st Annual Pambazuka Samir Amin Award

  1. Florence Njau
    March 28, 2011


    Kindly send me the guidelines. I am interested in participating. I have a blog – and one of my categories is dedicated to my thoughts about Africa and development.

    Thank you


  2. Storymoja Africa
    March 28, 2011

    Please follow the links indicated in the post. This is a third party message not one directly from Storymoja.


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