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Apply to the Metropolitics Summer Writing Program


In this remote writing workshop, to be held during June 2021, graduate students interested in publishing accessible scholarship on cities and urban politics will learn, with the editorial board of Metropolitics and in small groups with individual and peer mentorship, the ins and outs of academic publishing aimed at a public audience.

The goal is for each student to produce a 1,500‑word piece, based on recent scholarship (such as a term paper, doctoral research paper, master’s thesis, or memo) for serious consideration in Metropolitics.

The program is organized and run by the Metropolitics editorial board and funded by the University of Toronto School of Cities and Graduate Studies at the University of Toronto Missisauga.


Metropolitics is an editorially peer-reviewed online journal that publishes concise academic essays and papers aimed at an international audience.

The journal’s mission is public scholarship: short-form work about cities and urban politics, based on original research, on a time frame that allows researchers to contribute contemporaneously to public debate and make their scholarly work more relevant to a broad readership.

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This workshop will give rising scholars in urban studies fields (geography, urban sociology, planning, urban history, urban anthropology, political science) a chance to work with established scholars to produce a publishable short-form article based on original research and of interest to a contemporary audience.

It will feature two plenary sessions bracketing six hours of small-group discussion during which each junior scholar’s work will receive review and editorial attention by peers and faculty mentors.

By the end of the workshop, each student will have produced a 1,500‑word piece, based on recent scholarship (such as a term paper, doctoral research paper, master’s thesis, or memo) to be considered for publication in Metropolitics.

All participants will receive a $200 stipend.

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May 7 Applications due (see Apply)
May 21 Acceptance e-mails sent out
June 1 Draft papers (1,500–3,000 words) due
June 21–25 Workshop on Zoom
• Monday (21st) Opening event at lunchtime
• Tuesday (22nd) Workshop (2 hours in AM)
• Wednesday (23rd) Workshop (2 hours in AM)
• Thursday (24th) Workshop (2 hours in AM)
• Friday (25th) Closing event at lunchtime

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DEADLINE: Friday, May 7, 2021

Please send an email (no attachments) with the following information to Laura Wolf-Powers (aw2416 [at] hunter [dot] cuny [dot] edu):

1. Name, email, program and degree, graduation date (actual or projected).

2. Two or three sentences on why you would like to participate in the program.

3. Two or three sentences on how your work fits within Metropolitics’ mission.

4. A short abstract (150 words) of the piece that you propose to revise for publication, based on recent scholarship (such as a term paper, doctoral research paper, master’s thesis, or memo). If you are accepted, you will submit a full draft (1,500–3,000 words) of this paper by June 1.

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If you have questions, please contact Hilary Botein, Editorial Director at Metropolitics, at: hilary [dot] botein [at] baruch [dot] cuny [dot] edu

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