Africa is the premier journal devoted to the study of African societies and culture. Editorial policy encourages an ethnographic and interdisciplinary approach, involving humanities, social sciences, and environmental studies. We publish theoretically informed ethnographies and studies of social relations 'on the ground' which are sensitive to local cultural forms.
Africa aims to give increased attention to African production of knowledge, highlighting the work of local African thinkers and writers, emerging social and cultural trends.
Each issue contains six or seven major articles, arranged thematically, extensive review essays and substantial book reviews. Special issues are published annually.
Local intellectuals strand - call for papers
The aim of this strand of the journal is to introduce and analyse texts – whether oral, manuscript or print – produced by authors outside the literary or academic mainstream. Read more and view the call for papers >>
Article submissions in French and Portuguese
Articles may be submitted to the journal in French or Portuguese to africa(AT)internationalafricaninstitute.org.
Karin Barber's 'Editorial' published in Africa 78.3 on the policies, directions and activities of the journal is available here.
© International African Institute. First published 2008 in Africa. Journal of the International African Institute (Vol. 78:3).
Submissions and guidelines for contributors. For full details on submitting articles to the journal and for details on book reviews, see here.
Special issue submissions
Africa welcomes proposals for special issues of the journal. One special issue is published annually, usually the first issue in the volume. Special issues include eight or nine papers plus an Introduction from the guest editor(s). Special issue proposals are reviewed quarterly by the journal Editors, and are additionally reviewed by assigned members of the Editorial Advisory Board.
Cut-off dates for editorial review of special issues are as follows: 1 March, 1 June, 1 September, 1 December in any given year. Once a proposal has been received, guest editors can expect to receive feedback on the proposal within c.3 months of submission.
Guest editors are encouraged to submit a concise proposal of c.1,000-1,500 words setting out the theme/rationale for the special issue and to submit abstracts for all papers under consideration.
Guest editors are further encouraged to refer to the journal's general editorial guidelines and instructions for contributors available at https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/africa/information/instructions-contributors
Article submissions in French and Portuguese
Articles may be submitted to the journal in French or Portuguese to africa(AT)internationalafricaninstitute.org. If accepted for review, such papers will be peer-reviewed in English. In the event of acceptance we will seek to publish the paper in an English translation in the print + online version of the journal, and in the original language in the online only version of journal. The aim is to make such francophone and lusophone research that would be of interest to Africa’s readership accessible in English. Article submissions are welcome from both established and younger scholars. Submissions must not be previously published, in English or any other language. The IAI has limited funds for the translation of one or two articles per year. Once a paper has been accepted, we can also consider drawing on other research or institutional funds that may be available to the author.
Editors and Editorial Advisory Board
Wale Adebanwi, University of Oxford
Deborah James, London School of Economics, University of London
Benjamin Soares, University of Florida (Gainesville)
Laura Mann, London School of Economics
Local Intellectuals Editor
Karin Barber, University of Birmingham
Editorial Advisory Board
Kojo Amanor, Julie Archambault, Leslie Bank, Thomas J. Bassett, Heike Becker, Joost Beuving, Filip De Boeck, Maxim Bolt, Keith Breckenridge, Gregor Dobler, Harri Englund, Richard Fardon, Jude Fokwang, Laurent Fourchard, Eric Gable, Peter Geschiere, Jane Guyer, Danny Hoffman, Elizabeth Hull, Nancy Rose Hunt, Sharon Hutchinson, Marloes Janson, Ferdinand de Jong, Brian Larkin, Murray Last, Carola Lentz, Adeline Masquelier, Mike McGovern, Birgit Meyer, Hélène Neveu-Kringelbach, Insa Nolte, Mwenda Ntarangwi, G. Ugo Nwokeji, Ebenezer Obadare, George Otieno Ogola, Luis Nicolau Parés, Derek Peterson, David Pratten, Katrien Pype, Noah Salomon, Ramon Sarro, AbdouMaliq Simone, Jonny Steinberg, Mats Utas, Susan Reynolds Whyte.
For further information on the editorial board see journals.cambridge.org/action/displayMoreInfo?jid=AFR&type=eb
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