Africa News from the Centre of African Studies, University of London,
September 2014 (Issue 2)
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Click the links below to see news about events & seminars at SOAS and other UK universities, as well as several calls for papers in conferences in the UK & abroad. At the bottom you will find listings for funding, job opportunities, and journals and book series on Africa.

 News from CAS | CAS Events | SOAS Events Events & Seminars in the UK | Art & Music

Conferences in the UK & Abroad Funding & Prizes 
Jobs | Journals and Book Series
News from CAS
CAS Annual Review 2014-2015, Issue 5

If you attended the ASAUK biennial conference at the University of Sussex you may have picked up a copy of our newly published Annual Review. Inside, there is information and articles about our activities, events, collaborations, awards and the research of the Centre members who are drawn from across the University of London and beyond. You will also find information about our upcoming events for the academic year 2014-2015. You can view and download the Annual Review at ISSUU, request a hard copy by emailing your address to or receive a copy at one of our events.

Mo Ibrahim Scholars arriving in September

Our incoming MSc scholars in 2014 are:
  • Barkha Mossae (Mauritius), MSc Environment, Politics and Development
  • Fensuah Nehemiah (Liberia), MSc Development Economics
  • Thabani Mutambasere (Zimbabwe), MSc Development Studies
And our PhD award has been given to:
Mohammed Mossallem (Egypt) 
‘Odious Obligations? Debt and Bilateral Trade Agreements for Countries in Transition’
Supervisor: Professor Jane Harrigan

Leventis Fellows arriving in October

Our Leventis Fellows for 2014 will be arriving at the beginning of October. Each scholar will deliver a seminar at SOAS, and at the Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA), University of Birmingham (download the full 'Africa Talks' programme here)

Dr Titus Olusegun Stephen
Structure, Function and Text of
Ìrègún music in Yagbaland, Kogi State, Nigeria
Seminar: Monday 17th November 2014
Room 4429, SOAS

Dr Babajide Ololajulo
Oil and Rural Infrastructure Development: Discourses, Methodologies, and Outcomes of Intervention in Oil Communities of Nigeria.

Seminar: Monday 27th October  2014
Room 4429, SOAS
CAS Events
Owusu-Ankomah in Conversation

Monday 22nd September, 5.15pm, Room 4429, SOAS
In conjuction with his exhibition at October Gallery, Owusu-Ankomah will discuss his work and contemporary African art with Chris Spring (curator, Sainsbury African Galleries, British Museum) 
Register on Eventbrite

'Towards a Temptation Hypothesis' - Religion and Masculinities in Africa Keynote Lecture

Friday 26th September, 5pm - 6.30pm, MAL 417, Birkbeck College
Prof Brad Weiss (College of William & Mary) will deliver the keynote lecture for the 'Religion and Masculinities in Africa' conference.

Find out more & register

50 Years of 'Arrow of God', 100 Years of Nigeria: A Celebration and an Inquest

Saturday 4th October, DLT, SOAS
The organisers of the Igbo Conference in association with CAS will host in the 'Arrow of God' Symposium, which marks the 50th anniversary of the  publication of Chinua Achebe’s novel, Arrow of God which Achebe described as 'the novel which I am most likely to be caught sitting down to read again.' The symposium will create a space to reflect on the position of Arrow of God in the African literary corpus, the socio-historical significance of its publication in the year of Nigeria's 50th anniversary (1964) and the trajectories that can be drawn between Arrow of God and contemporary African history.

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The Memory of the Crowd: Exploring the Potential of Digital Media Platforms to Re-imagine a National Narrative in Kenya

Monday 13th October, 5.15pm, 4429, SOAS
Sam Hopkins is a site-specific and media artist with acclaimed critical, public projects in Nairobi, Kenya such as Slum-TV. In this presentation and discussion with Annie Coombes, he shares his current research project 'The Memory of the Crowd', which looks at the role of collective memory in the making of plural national narratives.

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Large hydropower projects in Southern Africa: a social history

Wednesday 22nd October, 5pm, Room 349 Senate House
A talk with Allen Isaacman on two of the most ambitious infrastructural projects in the history of colonial Africa: the Cahora Bassa dam (Mozambique) and the Kariba dam (on the Zimbabwe-Zambia border). Both dams still provide electricity for mining and industrial sectors in the region. The talk contrasts the conflicts over the long-term benefits and impacts of development projects. 

Find out more

Africa Business Group Meeting:
Cutting Edge Community Based Tourism in East Africa

Monday 3rd November, 5.30pm, KLT, SOAS
This meeting will build on the already extensive university and business links in the tourism sphere between SOAS and the tourism authorities in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somaliland. The purpose is to encourage particular forms of community based tourism in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somaliland and to welcome diaspora groups in the UK from the three African countries to join the discussion. 
With Prof Tom Selwyn (SOAS)

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The African Roots of the New World Banjo with Daniel Laemouahuma Jatta

Monday 1st December, 5.15pm, Room 4429
with Dr Lucy Duran (Lecturer in African Music) and Dr Toby Green (Lecturer in Lusophone African History and Culture, KCL). In partnership with The Institute of Historical Research.

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SOAS Events
Another Man's War - The Story of a Burma Boy in Britain's Forgotten African Army

Tuesday, 16th September 2014,  7pm -9pm, Khalili Lecture Theatre,SOAS, University of London, hosted by the Royal African Society

In ‘Another Man's War’, veteran foreign correspondent Barnaby Phillips delivers the gripping, unforgettable story of a Burma Boy in the Second World War and the legacy of the British Empire in Africa and Asia.

Find out more
Events and Seminars in the UK

The African Studies Centre organises a lively programme of seminars, workshops and international conferences. At least three research seminars on Africa meet each week during Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity Terms:

Annual events include:

Podcasts of past seminars and events hosted by the African Studies Centre are available both on the Oxford University Podcasts Website and on iTuneU.

Cambridge Centre of African Studies Seminars
View  full listings 

A Symposium on ‘West African Art in Context’
20th September 2014, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
Organised by the Nigerian Field Society and the Cambridge African Archaeology Group

Find out more


Leeds Centre of African Studies Seminars
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London School of Economics
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King's College London
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Birkbeck College
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Africa Talks - Autumn Term Programme
Department of African Studies and Anthropology (DASA), University of Birmingham

Download the full 'Africa Talks' programme here
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Aid under the microscope: Scrutinising DFID's performance

Speaker: Graham Ward CBE, Chief Commissioner, Independent Commission for Aid Impact
Thursday 18th September, 6pm, Africa Research Institute, 55 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3QL
Twitter: #scrutinisingDFID
Find out more 
Art, Music & Film
Owusu-Ankomah: Microcron Begins

Private View: Wednesday 17th September 2014, 6pm-8pm, October Gallery, London

Find out more

Event: Gallery Talk
Saturday, 20th September, 3pm. Admission Free. 
To accompany his new solo exhibition, MICROCRON BEGINS, Owusu-Ankomah will talk to Director of Special Projects, Gerard Houghton, about his creative process and his interest in the adinkra symbols, used by the Akan-speaking peoples of Ghana.
Reserve a place

Event: Owusu-Ankomah in Conversation with Chris Spring (curator, Sainsbury African Galleries, British Museum) 
Monday 22nd September, 5.15pm, Room 4429, SOAS
Register on Eventbrite

The 12th London African Music Festival

Friday 19th to Sunday 28th September 2014, Various venues across London
Find out more 

Sahara Soul

with Aziza Brahim (Western Sahara), Tartit (Mali), Nabil Baly Othmani (Algeria), Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritania) and more
Saturday 27th September 27 September
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Exhibition: Rotimi Fani-Kayode (1955-1989)

18th September – 1st November
Tiwani Contemporary
Find out more


The new feature documentary - Finding Fela is the story of Fela Anikulapo Kuti's life, music, and political importance. Fela Kuti created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s.

The film will be in UK & Irish cinemas from September 5th. On 4th September there will be a special preview at the BFI Southbank followed by a Q&A with Fela’s manager and long-time collaborator, Rikki Stein.

Find screenings and further info
Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Snapping Cities Photo Competition

Snapping Cities is an opportunity for photographers of all abilities and ages, to capture through their own lenses, urban life in Africa. The Mo Ibrahim Foundation (MIF) is seeking images that capture inspiring ways of tackling urban challenges in African cities. This may be modern innovation or a basic adaptation of day-to-day life. The theme is open to your personal interpretation but we’re looking for beautiful, inspiring and original photographs.

Find out more
Ghana Place Names - call for contributions

The aim of this project is “to find the meanings and origins of as many place names in Ghana as possible”. A dedicated website with introductory material and an extensive database is maintained at with 1825 records with sourced or suggested etymologies. All records also have geographic & administrative location data with links to both cartographic and satellite images. Students and researchers may find toponymic information relevant to subjects such as language use, historical events, social customs, religious beliefs, occupations, and migration & settlement patterns. Contributions from workers with local knowledge would be most welcome.
Conferences in the UK & Abroad

Governance In Africa and Youth Action Interactive Day, Accra, Ghana

CAS and  JT Live Radio are holding a day of interactive workshops that look at the theme ‘governance and youth’ in Accra, Ghana, this Saturday 20th September. JT Live Radio will be creating a radio series on governance-related topics and encourage local organisations to contribute. The day forms part of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation ‘Governance For Development “Youth Engagement” Initiative.’

The aim of the day is for youth groups and organisations to engage in conversations about governance, and the interactive workshops will include an opportunity for members of your organisation to receive information and resources on governance-related topics (including Climate Change, Human Rights, HIV/AIDs, Politics, Media, African Cities, Education and Health etc) and furthermore, the day will provide an opportunity for networking with other social organisations.
Venue: Jamestown Community Theatre Centre, Jamestown 

Please share the information with your networks, and register here
South Africa’s democracy at 20: Diagnosis and prognosis 
7th November 2014, The South African Association of Political Studies (SAAPS)
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CFP: African Archaeology Research Day 2014
University of Bristol, 21st – 22nd November 2014, SS Great Britain

Deadline: Tuesday 30th September 2014
Find out more

Postcolonial Governmentality Workshop 
25-26th September 2014, University of Bristol
Find out more

Exploring Diasporas through the Arts 
1st November 2014, Oxford Diasporas Programme, Old Fire Station, Oxford
Exploring Diaspora through the Arts, supported by the Oxford Diasporas Programme and hosted by The Old Fire Station, aims to bring together artists, scholars, students and the general public to explore aesthetic manifestations and representations of diasporas, and reflect on what the arts contribute to diaspora studies. It also seeks to provide a platform for established and newly emerging artists to share, showcase, and sell their work. 
Find out more

Call for submissions:  Edgar Graham Book Prize 
From the Department of Development Studies at SOAS, awarded for a work of original scholarship on development in Asia and Africa.
Deadline: 1st Oct 2014
Download more information
Documenting Africa: Creating Fact or Fiction through the Lens 
8th – 9th November, University of Westminster
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CFP: Congo Research Network 3rd Conference
African Studies Centre at the University of Cambridge, UK
11th & 12th June 2015
Download the call


Africa on the Move: Third ASAI Conference 
Interdisciplinary Centre for African Studies of the University of Macerata, 17th – 20th September 2014
Find out more
CFP: ECAS 6: ‘Collective Mobilisations in Africa: Contestation, Resistance, Revolt’
8th-10th July 2015
Find out more


CFP: Africa Conference at the University of Texas- Development, Urban Space, and Human Rights
3rd-5th April 2015, The University of Texas at Austin
Deadline: 30th November 2014
Find out more 
Funding Opportunities & Prizes

SOAS Scholarships & Fellowships

Governance for Development in Africa Initiative (GDiA) at SOAS
  • PhD Scholarships
  • MSc Scholarships
  • Residential School in Africa (next school to be announced)
Applications now open for academic year 2015/2016 
Leventis Nigerian Post-Doctoral Fellowship at SOAS 
The Centre of African Studies of the University of London invites applications from Nigerian academics to take part in a scheme of collaborative research funded by the Leventis Foundation.
Applications now open for academic year 2015/2016. Next deadline to apply: 31 March 2015
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Studentships  for MRes Politics with Language, MSc Research for International Development, MA Anthropological Research Methods, MA Anthropological Research Methods and Nepali
The Canon Collins Scholarships at SOAS – open to Masters students from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship for students from African Commonwealth countries applying for: MSc Development Studies, LLM in Law, Development and Governance, MSc Development Economics, MA Social Anthropology of Development, MA Music and Development
The Culture of Resistance Scholarships for Masters students in the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, from the following African countries: Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Ferguson Scholarships for African taught Masters students in African Studies, International Studies and Diplomacy & Social Anthropology of Development
Santander Taught Master’s Scholarships for African students from Ghana 
SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Arts & Humanities  - (for any full-time taught masters programme in the Faculty of Arts & Humanities) 
SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Language & Cultures (for the full-time MA Postcolonial Studies, MA Cultural Studies, MA Comparative Literature, MA Linguistics, MA Applied Linguistics & Language Pedagogy, MA Language, Documentation and Description, MA Translation Theory and Practice (Asian and African Languages) 
SOAS Master's Scholarships - Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (for any full-time master's programmes in the Department of Development Studies, Economics, Law, Politics, International Studies and Financial & Management Studies, in the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy and in the the Centre for Gender Studies)
William Ross Murray Scholarship for an LLM student from a developing country

External scholarships

British Institute in Eastern Africa Graduate Attachment Scheme for recent graduates with an interest in further studies in Africa 
Chevening Scholarships are the UK government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK. The Scholarships are an important element in Britain’s public diplomacy effort and bring young professionals, who have already displayed outstanding leadership talents, to study in the UK. The objective of the Chevening programme is to support foreign policy priorities and achieve FCO objectives by creating lasting positive relationships with future leaders, influencers and decision-makers.
British Council
  • The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international programme under which member governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. The CSFP was established at the first Commonwealth education conference in 1959, and over 26,000 individuals have benefited. CSC offers Masters and PhD scholarships as well as Fellowships and distance learning scholarships
  • Mansion House Scholarships for training and work experience in the United Kingdom's financial services industry, open to postgraduate Nigerian students.

Other Universities

University of Sheffield West African Merit Scholarships for students from Benin, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea or Guinea Bissau
University of Bath Steve Huckvale Scholarships for students in Africa – taught masters students from Africa who are intending to study Engineering or Management
Bournemouth University UKEAS Nigeria Scholarship for Nigerian nationals on full-time postgraduate courses
Postdoctoral Fellowships in ERC Project
‘Apartheid—The Global Itinerary: South African Cultural Formations in Transnational Circulation 1948-1990’
Post-Doctoral Fellowships
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NEW: Colin Murray Award for Postdoctoral Research in Southern Africa

Award of up to £2,500 to support original ‘engaged field research’ on a topic relevant to the diverse interests and work of the late Colin Murray (longstanding Editorial Board member and former editor and chair of the Journal of Southern African Studies)
Deadline: 30th September 2014.
Download further information and application form or contact Dr Colin Stoneman

NEW: FUNDING: British Academy Funding Opportunities 2014-2015 
The 2014-15 Round of the British Academy’s Mid Career Fellowships scheme has now opened.
The deadline for applicants to this scheme is 5pm on 17th September 2014, with the approver deadline at 5pm on 18th September 2014.
Find out more
New Professorships relating to Urban and African Studies (University of Basel)
The University of Basel is introducing a new master studies programme in Urban and Landscape Studies and advertises three new positions, two of which relate explicitly to African Studies. Deadline: TODAY 15th September

Communications and Engagement Manager

Africa-Europe Development Platform
Download the application details in English
Download the application details in French
Deadline:  Friday 26th SeptemberSeeking Future

African Cross Cultural Trainers
29th September – 1st October
Intercultural Training department at Kwintessential
Find out more

Journals and Book Series on Africa
Adonis &Abbey Publishers Ltd, P.O. Box 43418, London, SE11 4XZ:
1. African Renaissance: a bi-monthly, multidisciplinary international journal published since 2004, has launched a book programme. Under the programme, the journal, which is a cross between an academic publication and any higher-end policy oriented report, will publish every year 5-6 books based on contributions to the journal. The book programme has already started (see some of the titles in “Forthcoming Titles below). Usually an editor is appointed to edit each volume, and the editor asks authors of selected contributions to update/expand/beef up/revise their contributions -as the case may be.  For previous issues of African Renaissance, see:
2. African Journal of Business of Economic Research, a peer-reviewed academic journal, which made its debut in January 2006. The journal is published three times a year. Also 1-2 books are to be published each year from the contributions to the journal. For details of the current edition, please see:
3. Review of Nigerian Affairs is a quarterly, multidisciplinary online journal, which is a cross between an academic publication and any quality, policy-oriented features magazine. The journal brings together different perspectives on current issues in Nigerian politics, economy and society.
4. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (AJSTID) 
AJSTID is a multi-disciplinary and refereed international journal with a special focus on science, technology, and innovation in developing economies, with a special reference to Africa. It has been established on the basis of the recognized role of innovation in the development of economies and on the relative absence of research in the area, particularly in the case of Africa. AJSTID seeks to encourage research along three broad streams. This first is the role of science, technology and innovation in the process of industrial growth and development. The second stream concerns the broader area of socio-economic development. The third invites work exploring the inclusion of innovation and knowledge in cross border integration processes particularly in Africa. AJSTID will solicit submissions on both these research streams at various levels: firms, sectors/ industries/clusters, regions and countries.
5. African Performance Review is a triennial  journal of the African Theatre Association (AfTA) dedicated to publishing, disseminating and encouraging high quality research and information on theatres and performance in Africa and the African Diaspora. 
African Affairs, Journal of the Royal African Society
African Affairs is published on behalf of the Royal African Society. It publishes articles on recent political, social and economic developments in sub-Saharan countries. Also included are historical studies that illuminate current events in the continent. Each issue of African Affairs contains a substantial section of book reviews, with occasional review articles. There is also an invaluable list of recently published books, and a listing of articles on Africa that have appeared in non-Africanist journals.
Africa Confidential
Africa Confidential is one of the longest-established specialist publications on Africa, with a considerable reputation for being first with the in depth news on significant political, economic and security developments across the continent. Our track record owes much to our comprehensive network of local correspondents and the connections that we’ve built up throughout Africa since we started publishing back in 1960.
Africa-Asia Confidential
Africa-Asia Confidential was first published in November 2007, by the same group that owns Africa ConfidentialAsempa Limited of Cambridge. The newsletter was founded in response to the growing political and economic relations between Africa and Asia – and by the need to understand the implications for Africa. Using the resources that Africa Confidential has accrued in 50 years of covering the continent, Africa-Asia Confidential is also developing a new network of correspondents to supply the same kind of detailed and exclusive information for which Africa Confidential has won its reputation. 
African Journal of Political Science
The AJPS is published by the African Association of Political Science (AAPS), with the aim of providing a platform for African perspectives on issues of politics, economy and society in Africa. It is published 2 times a year - in June and December, and targeted at the social science community, policy-makers, and university students. Contributions are in either English or French. With effect from the year 2000, it will be published in Arabic by the Institute of African Research and Studies, Cairo University, Egypt.
African Studies Journals, Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group:
1. African and Black Diaspora
This is the first academic journal that directly addresses the needs of scholars working in the important field of African Diaspora studies. It advances the analytical and interrogative discourses that constitute this distinctive interdisciplinary study of the deterritorialised and transnational nature of the African and Black Diaspora. The journal publishes research articles, commentaries and book reviews. All articles will be peer-reviewed. Authors interested in contributing should contact one of the three Editors. A special issue Navigating African Diaspora: Crossing, Belonging and Presence, is in preparation.
2. African Identities, 2 Issues per year, Print ISSN: 1369-6815, Online ISSN: 1469-9346
With an emphasis on gender, class, nation, marginalisation, "otherness" and difference, the journal explores how African identities, either by force of expediency or contingency, create layered terrains of (ex)change, decentre dominant meanings, paradigms and certainties. For more information visit:
3. African Studies, 2 Issues per year, Print ISSN: 0002-0184, Online ISSN: 1469-2872
Rooted in a long tradition of scholarship, African Studies provides an inter-disciplinary forum for conceptual and empirical writing relevant to Africa, and that contributes to international dialogue and debate. For more information visit:
4. Development Southern Africa
Development Southern Africa offers a platform for expressing views and encouraging debate among development specialists, policy decision makers, scholars and students in the wider professional fraternity and especially in southern Africa. The journal publishes articles that reflect innovative thinking on key development challenges and policy issues facing South Africa and other countries in the southern African region.
5. Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies
ENAJS is the premier international peer-reviewed journal for the critical analysis of journalism scholarship, education and practice in all its facets in Africa. The purpose of the journal is to foster a better understanding of journalism, media studies, and mass communication as research areas in the comparative context of Africa and the Global South, and to build links between these academic fields and the media professions. The journal's focus is on Africa, but its academic interest and scope is transnational.
6. Ethnic and Racial Studies
Race, ethnicity and nationalism are at the heart of many of the major social and political issues in the present global environment. New antagonisms have emerged which require a rethinking of traditional theoretical and empirical perspectives. Ethnic and Racial Studies, published ten times a year, is the leading journal for the analysis of these issues throughout the world. The journal provides an interdisciplinary academic forum for the presentation of research and theoretical analysis, drawing on sociology, social policy, anthropology, political science, economics, geography, international relations, history, social psychology and cultural studies.
7. Journal of African Cultural Studies
The Journal of African Cultural Studies is an international journal providing a forum for perceptions of African culture from inside and outside Africa, with a special commitment to African scholarship. It focuses on dimensions of African culture including African literatures both oral and written, performance arts, visual arts, music, the role of the media, the relationship between culture and power, as well as issues within such fields as popular culture in Africa, sociolinguistic topics of cultural interest, and culture and gender.
8. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
This journal publishes the results of first-class research on all forms of migration and its consequences, together with articles on ethnic conflict, discrimination, racism, nationalism, citizenship and policies of integration. Submissions: For details on how to submit a paper to Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies go to
9. Journal of Contemporary African Studies
The Journal of Contemporary African Studies (published four times a year, in January, April, July and October) is an interdisciplinary journal seeking to promote a scholarly understanding of developments and change throughout the African continent, as well as the location of Africa within the global political economy. Its scope extends across the social sciences, as well as encouraging articles relating to the social dimensions of the wider humanities, sciences and the environment. It welcomes contributions reviewing general trends in the academic literature, as well as those offering careful analyses of developments at national, regional and continental level. It also publishes special issues and welcomes proposals for new topics.
10. Journal of Southern African Studies
JSAS is an international publication for work of high academic quality on issues of interest and concern in the region of Southern Africa. It aims at generating fresh scholarly enquiry and rigorous exposition in the many different disciplines of the social sciences and humanities, and periodically organises and supports conferences to this end, sometimes in the region. It seeks to encourage inter-disciplinary analysis, strong comparative perspectives and research that reflects new theoretical or methodological approaches. An active advisory board and an editor based in the region demonstrate our close ties with scholars there and our commitment to promoting research in the region.
11. Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies
Published since 1974, Politikon is the official journal of the South African Association of Political Studies. It focuses primarily on South African politics, but not exclusively so. Over the years the journal has published articles by some of the world's leading political scientists, including Arend Lijphart, Samuel Huntington, and Philippe Schmitter. It has also featured important contributions from South Africa's leading political philosophers, political scientists and international relations experts. It has proved an influential journal, particularly in debates over the merits of South Africa's constitutional reforms (in 1983 and 1994). In the last few years special issues have focused on women and politics in South Africa, and the South African election of 1999. Recent articles have looked at the negotiated transition from apartheid to democracy, aspects of identity politics in post-apartheid South Africa and issues of democratic consolidation.
12. Review of African Political Economy
ROAPE is a refereed journal committed to encouraging high quality research and fostering excellence in the understanding of African political economy. Published quarterly by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group for the ROAPE international collective it has since 1974 provided radical analysis of trends, issues and social processes in Africa, adopting a broadly materialist interpretation of change. It has paid particular attention to the political economy of inequality, exploitation and oppression and struggles against them, whether driven by global forces or local ones such as class, race, community and gender. It sustains a critical analysis of the nature of power and the state in Africa in the context of capitalist globalisation.
13. Journal of Eastern African Studies
The Journal of Eastern African Studies is the international publication of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, published three times each year. It aims to promote fresh scholarly enquiry on the region from within the humanities and the social sciences, and to encourage work that communicates across disciplinary boundaries. It seeks to foster inter-disciplinary analysis, strong comparative perspectives, and research employing the most significant theoretical or methodological approaches for the region.
14.  South African Journal of International Affairs
The SAJIA is an outward-looking International Relations journal. While taking a South African and African perspective, articles are comparative, and address issues of global importance. Published since 1993, SAJIA has become a leading South African journal publishing original and review articles on international relations involving and affecting Africa. The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) is an independent, non-governmental organisation focusing on South Africa's and Africa's international relations. SAIIA provides cutting edge analysis and promotes balanced dialogue, thus contributing to effective policy making on issues critical to Africa and its engagement in a dynamic global context.
15. The Journal of North African Studies
The Journal of North African Studies is a forum for scholars of and from the region. Its contents cover both country-based and regional themes, which range from historical topics to sociological, anthropological, economic, diplomatic and other issues. It is the first academic journal in English to analyse the historic and current affairs of what has become an important and coherent region of the Mediterranean basin, which is also linked to the Middle East and Africa.

International African Institute
1. Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Africa is the premier journal devoted to the study of African societies and culture. Editorial policy encourages an interdisciplinary approach, involving humanities, social sciences, and environmental sciences. For further details see
2. Africa Bibliography
Africa Bibliography has became available as a searchable online database from February 2011. The online bibliography has been developed by the IAI together with Cambridge University Press. Six volumes from 2004/5 to 2009/10 (current volume) were being published initially. It is anticipated that back volumes from 1984 will be added in due course during 2011 and 2012. Subsequent new annual volumes will be published in both online and print formats. For further details see
3. International African Library series
For updates on new volumes visit:

4. African Arguments the Book Series

African Arguments is a series of short books about Africa today. Aimed at the growing number of students and general readers who want to know more about the continent, these books intend to highlight many of the longer-term strategic as well as immediate political issues confronting the African continent. The series is a collaboration between Zed Books, The Royal African Society, The International Africa InstituteThe Social Science Research Council and Justice Africa.
Pambazuka News is produced by a pan-African community of some 2,600 citizens and organisations - academics, policy makers, social activists, women's organisations, civil society organisations, writers, artists, poets, bloggers, and commentators who together produce insightful, sharp and thoughtful analyses and make it one of the largest and most innovative and influential web forums for social justice in Africa. Pambazuka News also publishes podcasts, videocasts and book. To view online, go to
Postamble is a postgraduate journal of the Faculty of Humanities located in the Centre for African Studies and published bi-annually online. Postamble is committed to featuring original post graduate student work of a high academic standard which is of value to the promotion of multi-disciplinary study of Africa within the university environment. Postamble is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes general, as well as thematically focussed special issues. For more information visit:
The Africa Report:
A monthly Journal, The Africa Report has established itself as the international publication of reference dedicated to African affairs. It is the guide used by decision makers to anticipate economic and political changes in Africa and relied upon for the expertise of an independent editorial team in its surveys, sector reports and country focus published in each issue. Its recognised high-quality coverage of the African business environment is combined with the widest pan-African and international circulation.
AEGIS/Brill Book Series: Call for proposal
With the AEGIS Series (published by Brill) AEGIS provides a venue for the publication of works drawn from the lively and expanding community of scholars with interests in Africa and its Diaspora. The AEGIS Series aims to publish books within the broad fields of study within the humanities and social sciences that would bring new approaches or innovative perspectives to the topics discussed. Titles comprise works that could also reflect established debate within African Studies if they provide new insights. Both individually-authored works and edited collections on focused themes will be considered. The first volume (Is violence inevitable in Africa?) appeared in 2005. The AEGIS series will publish two books a year. Potential authors should first submit a proposal using the guidelines found at
Africa in Development Series (Peter Lang International Academic Publishers)
While African Development remains a preoccupation, policy craftsmen and a multiplicity of domestic and international actors have been engaged in the quest for solutions to the myriad problems associated with poverty and underdevelopment.
This series is designed to encourage innovative thinking on a broad range of development issues. Thus its remit extends to all fields of intellectual inquiry with the aim to highlight the advantages of interdisciplinary perspective.
The series welcome proposals from collected papers as well as monographs from recent PhDs no less than from established scholars.
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Centre of African Studies, SOAS, University of London
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