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The International African Institute (IAI) aims to promote the scholarly study of Africa's history, societies and cultures. The institute realizes its aims primarily by means of scholarly publishing. Read more about us.

The IAI publishes the long established and prestigious journal, Africa, the annual Africa Bibliography, the International African Library series, the African Arguments series; and the Readings in… series, for use in tertiary level teaching of African studies.


Kris Berwouts Congo's Violent Peace
African Arguments launch, 3 July Details at: All welcome.

The IAI is sponsoring and convening the following panels at the ECAS 2017 conference.

IAI sponsored Lugard Lecture
Elísio Macamo: Urbane Scholarship: Studying Africa, Understanding the World (Lugard Lecture)

International African Library series - call for proposals
The Institute and series editors welcome new proposals for this series. Please see further details at The International African Library page.


HarperAfrican Arguments - Getting Somalia Wrong? now available in Somali
Mary Harper's Getting Somalia Wrong? Faith, war and hope in a shattered state is now available in a Somali translation as a free download. See details at:


Ethnographic Survey of Africa
We are proud to be re-issuing this landmark series in association with Routledge. The series, originally published between 1950 and 1977, collected information on the peoples of Africa, using all available sources: archives, memoirs and reports as well as ethnographic research. Access the series at Routledge >>

AFRICA – new co-editors

SoaresBenjamin Soares, Professor of Religion and African Studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville and Professor of the Anthropology of Islam in Africa at the University of Amsterdam, joins the IAI's journal AFRICA as co-editor from January 2017. Benjamin, an anthropologist, is a scholar of Islam and Muslim societies. He is the author of Islam and the Prayer Economy: History and Authority in a Malian Town (Edinburgh University Press for the IAI & University of Michigan Press, 2005), co-editor of New Media and Religious Transformations in Africa with Rosalind Hackett (Indiana University Press, 2015), and co-editor of Muslim Youth and the 9/11 Generation with Adeline Masquelier (University of New Mexico Press & SAR Press, 2016).

WaleThe IAI/AFRICA are also delighted to announce that Wale Adebanwi, Associate Professor in African American and African Studies at the University of California-Davis, has joined the journal as co-editor from January 2016. He previously served on the journal's editorial board from 2012. Wale is an anthropologist and political scientist. He is the author of Yoruba Elites and Ethnic Politics in Nigeria: Obafemi Awolowo and Corporate Agency (Cambridge, 2014); Authority Stealing: Anti-Corruption War and Democratic Politics in Post-Military Nigeria (CAP, 2012); and editor or co-editor of five other books. His latest work, Nation as Grand Narrative: The Nigerian Press and the Politics of Meaning was published by the University of Rochester Press in May 2016. Email .

BoltMaxim Bolt wins BSA/BBC ethnography award
We are delighted that Maxim Bolt's book Zimbabwe's Migrants and South Africa's Border Farms: the roots of impermanence has won the 2016 British Sociological Association/BBC Thinking Allowed Ethnography Award. See