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.
Wale Adebanwi, University of Oxford, UK
Maxim Bolt, University of Birmingham
Benjamin Soares, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
Elizabeth Hull - Reviews Editor, AFRICA
Department of Anthropology School of Oriental and African Studies,
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Local Intellectuals Editor
Karin Barber, University of Birmingham, UK
Editorial Advisory Board
Kojo Amanor, University of Ghana, Ghana
Julie Archambault, Concordia University, Canada
Leslie Bank, Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa
Thomas J. Bassett, University of Illinois , USA
Heike Becker, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Joost Beuving, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Filip De Boeck, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
Maxim Bolt, University of Birmingham, UK
Keith Breckenridge, WISER, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
Gregor Dobler, Institut für Ethnologie, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
Harri Englund, University of Cambridge, UK
Richard Fardon, SOAS, University of London, UK
Jude Fokwang, Regis University, Denver, CO, USA
Laurent Fourchard, Centre de Recherche internationale (CERI), Sciences po Paris, France
Eric Gable, University of Mary Washington, USA
Peter Geschiere, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Jane Guyer, The Johns Hopkins University, USA
Daniel J. Hoffman, University of Washington, USA
Nancy Rose Hunt, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
Sharon E. Hutchinson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Marloes Janson, SOAS, University of London, UK
Deborah James, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Ferdinand de Jong, University of East Anglia, UK
Hélène Neveu Kringelbach, UCL, University of London, UK
Brian Larkin, Barnard College, USA
Murray Last, University College London, UK
Carola Lentz, University of Mainz, Germany
Laura Mann, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Adeline Masquelier, Tulane University, USA
Mike McGovern, University of Michigan, USA
Birgit Meyer, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Insa Nolte, University of Birmingham, UK
Mwenda Ntarangwi, Indiana Wesleyan University, USA
G. Ugo Nwokeji, UC Berkeley, USA
Ebenezer Obadare, University of Kansas, USA
George Otieno Ogola, University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), UK
Luis Nicolau Parés, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil
Derek Peterson, University of Michigan, USA
David Pratten, University of Oxford, UK
Katrien Pype, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
Susan Reynolds Whyte, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Noah Salomon, Carleton College, USA
Ramon Sarro, University of Oxford, UK
AbdouMaliq Simone, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
Jonny Steinberg, University of Oxford, UK
Mats Utas, Uppsala University, Sweden
Stephanie Kitchen, International African Institute, UK
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