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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.


ECAS publishing panel
Stephanie Kitchen, managing editor at the IAI, co-convened a panel on publishing in African studies at ECAS 6. Read her article published by ASC Leiden.

The New Middle Class in the Global South
The IAI/AFRICA is among a number of institutions supporting this 2-day workshop being held at WISER, Wits University, 21-22 September 2015. Downloads: programme PDF, poster PDF or pamphletPDF. See also

AFRICA - Impact Factor
We were delighted to learn that for 2014, Africa’s published Thomson Reuters Impact Factor (IF) is 1.036, up from 0.745 in 2013. Our highest IF to date, this ranks Africa as the 2nd Africanist journal, 6/65 in the Area Studies category, and 32/83 in the Anthropology category.

Routledge Revivals
The IAI is pleased to announce the publication of six reissued titles with Routledge. These books were previously published by the IAI/Kegan Paul, then Routledge. The Routledge Revivals series aims to keep hard-to-find backlist titles in print and to distribute them electronically as ebooks.

weasteran African Political Systems Studies in Hausa

Six books have been published in this series as print (hardback) and ebooks reissues:

Book AidSpotlight on International African Institute
Book Aid International has published a blog piece about the IAI book donation programme.
Short response from Book Aid PDF

The Politics of Heritage in Africa
This landmark volume edited by Derek R. Peterson, Kodzo Gavua and Ciraj Rassool is now published in all territories, including in a discounted paperback edition for the African continent (contact for more details) or read extracts from the book here.

Africa UprisingAfrican Arguments
Three new titles are published in the African Arguments series in 2015. Morten Jerven’s new book Africa – Why Economists Get it Wrong, Africa’s New Oil by Celeste Hicks, and Africa Uprising: popular protest and political change by Adam Branch and Zachariah Mampilly.

ECAS2015ECAS 2015
The 6th European Conference on African Studies was held at the at the Sorbonne and at the École pratique des hautes études (EPHE) in Paris, 8-10 July 2015.

The IAI convened the following panels:
Publish or Perish in African Studies: new ways to valorize research
Dissident Genders and Sexualities: comparative and theoretical perspectives from Africa
Round Table ‘Ethics as Ideals of Practice’

The biennial Lugard Lecture was given by Ousmane Kane.

Africa ‘local intellectuals’
A new article is published in this strand of the journal by Terri Ochiagha: 'There was a college: introducing The Umuahian: a golden jubilee publication, edited by Chinua Achebe', Africa 85(2) (May 2015). You can view all articles published to date in the ‘Local Intellectuals’ strand of the journal, which are freely accessible.

Africa Bibliography – complete archive available
Compiling bibliographical records since 1984, the IAI’s Africa Bibliography has been digitised. Records from 1984 to the current volume are available via the online database at

Africa journal – full archive available
For over eight decades Africa has been publishing the work of eminent Africanists: from Malinowski, Evans-Pritchard and Radcliffe-Brown through Mary Douglas, Robin Horton and Johannes Fabian, to Achille Mbembe, Birgit Meyer and Kojo Amanor. The entire archive from 1928 is now available digitally on the journal's website see