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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.


ECAS7IAI/AFRICA at ECAS 2017: IAI sponsored Lugard Lecture
Elísio Macamo: Urbane Scholarship: Studying Africa, Understanding the World (Lugard Lecture)
The audio recording of this lecture is available at:

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 >>

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