Call for Applications: May 2019 Writing Workshop: “Sharing Stories from Jamestown and the Creation of Mercantile Accra”


We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2019 African Architecture writing workshops. These workshops are offered for postgraduate students looking to develop their academic writing skills in the areas of architecture, urbanism and related disciplines.

This year there are two workshops. The first offered will take place in May 2019:

“Sharing Stories from Jamestown and the Creation of Mercantile Accra” Writing Workshop

Monday, May 13 – Sunday, May 19, 2019

This workshop explores the colonial and mercantile architecture of Jamestown, the British settlement area of colonial Accra and located in Ga Mashie. This writing workshop is linked to the May 17 exhibition organized by Professor Iain Jackson (University of Liverpool) and Joe Osae-Addo and Allotey Bruce-Konuah (ArchiAfrika and Jamestown Cafe), which will showcase archival and historical images and maps of Accra’s rich architectural heritage and urban history, focusing on various warehouses, stores, factories and offices in the Jamestown area.

The writing workshop will provide the opportunity to review background research materials, explore the exhibition, get support in research and writing methods, and to write a critical review of the exhibition and/or dig further into specific sites featured in the exhibition.

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This workshop is targeted specifically at undergraduate seniors and postgraduate (masters and PhD) students living in or near to Accra, who can travel to the workshop daily for the duration of the week (Monday, May 13  –  Sunday, May 19). We are particularly interested in hearing from students with a specific interest in developing their critical writing skills in relation West African buildings in urban settings and  those who would be interested in producing a critical exhibition review.

Participation Requirements:

For each workshop, participants must commit to the following:

— Attendance for the entire duration of the workshop, including the May 17 exhibition event;

— In advance of workshop, participants must familiarize themselves with reading materials which will be shared before the start of the workshop;

— Working with workshop leads and within workshop teams to identify, research, and write an academically rigorous research piece;

— Readiness to work with workshop leads and external reviewers in editing process of their pieces to produce a well-researched writeup within the specified time frame. This will require each participant’s engagement particularly after the completion of the workshop meeting. Research articles will be posted online to and participants will have the opportunity to further develop their work for consideration for addition to an  academic journal publication.

Additional Information:

— This workshop is open to up to 10 students to participate. 

— Selected workshop participants will be given a GHS 20 daily transport stipend to get them to the workshop location.

— Travel to sites and daily lunches will be reviewed and covered by the workshop organizers.

To apply, please email: Victoria Okoye at by May 1, 2019 with the following three items:

— A statement of purpose indicating your specific interest in the workshop related to your experience, skillset, and academic qualifications;

— A two-page writing sample demonstrating your writing ability (this can be a previously completed piece of writing or you could choose a topic related to urban life which you have observed recently and write a short piece). On no account should the writing sample exceed the two specified pages;

An academic CV or resume listing relevant professional and academic experiences.


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