Publications by members in 2011

Ginette Ba-Curry (2011), In Search of Maba: A 19th Century Epic from Senegambia, West Africa. Phoenix Press International, 196 pages, 978-1937444006, £12.00.

C. Brad Faught (2011), Into Africa: The Imperial Life of Margery Perham. I. B. Tauris, 288 pages, 978-1848854901, £35.

Kempe Ronald Hope, Sr. (2011), The Political Economy of Development in Kenya. Continuum Books, 282 pages, 978-1441191212, $130; available from

Robert Home (2011), Essays in African Land Law. Pretoria University Law Press, 207 pages, 978-1-920538-00-2, funded by the World Bank’s ‘Rule of Law in Africa’, free to download at

Robert Home (2011), Local Case Studies in African Land Law. Pretoria University Law Press, 207 pages, 978-1-920538-01-9, free at

Funmi Olonisakin and Awino Okech (eds) (2011), Women and Security Governance in Africa. Pambazuka Press, 184 pages; 978-1906387891, £16.95.

Emma Mawsdley and Gerard McCann (eds) (2011), India in Africa: Changing Geographies of Power. Pambazuka Press, paperback: 978-1-906387-65-5 £16.95; pdf: 978-1-906387-66-2, £13.95.

Africa, journal of the International African institute

Africa, journal of the International African institute and Edinburgh University Press are pleased to announce that the journal is available (print and online access) by arrangement with the ASAUK and the Royal African Society at a special discounted rate of 20 to members of both organisations. For further information and to subscribe, contact: journals(at)

Africa, journal of the International African institute, is delighted to announce a new thematic strand highlighting the work of local African thinkers and writers, especially those who are not part of mainstream academic or political life and whose work is often unpublished, or published in obscure or ephemeral outlets.

We are pleased to offer online access to the full content of both Africa and Africa Bibliography at until the end of February. Articles in the first issue in the African intellectuals strand (Africa 78.3) will be available freely online until the end of 2009.

Teachers, clerks, clergy, businessmen, town councillors and a host of others have engaged for over a century in the production of knowledge about African culture, producing an array of work, from local histories and philosophy, to memoirs and poetry, in English and African languages. This fascinating seam of local intellectual production is becoming an increasing focus of attention by historians, anthropologists and literary scholars. But much of it falls quickly into obscurity or remains inaccessible to scholars outside the immediate context of production.

Africa 78.3 launches the new African intellectuals strand with articles based around life-history interviews with Ghanaian development workers and with elderly Tanzanian villagers, and extracts from the war-time memoirs of a Gold Coast clerk, J.G.Mullen. The complete text of Mullen’s early 20th century memoir, extracted from the Gold Coast Leader and edited by Stephanie Newell, is available as “supplementary material” in the online version of the journal.

The practice of publishing, on-line, a range of complete texts of otherwise inaccessible local documents will continue in future issues. Texts can be recent or historic, print or manuscript, oral or written, and will always be accompanied by a scholarly essay to contextualise them.

Africa Editor, Karin Barber’s editorial on the African local intellectuals strand and the editorial direction of Africa can also be viewed freely online.

Africa remains the main UK-based, international journal publishing on the whole of Africa, and in all disciplines of the humanities, social sciences and environmental sciences, while retaining its historic core orientation to ethnographically rich, historically informed knowledge of life on the ground in Africa.

Visit the Africa website to find out more, subscribe or register to receive table of contents alerts.

Future issues include: Africa Special Issue 79/1, February 2009 This special issue of Africa focuses on the study of knowledge in Africa. From the perspective of Africa as a self-confident, forward-looking centre of knowledge-production, the authors engage with knowledge in practice. Grounded in ethnographic fieldwork, the collection illustrates the exercise of ‘expertise’, and explores the criteria by which expert knowledge is judged and the social processes of its validation.

Childhood in Africa: An Interdisciplinary Journal

This is a new online peer-reviewed journal launched by Ohio University’s Institute for the African Child. “The journal is about bringing an Africanist perspective into childhood studies,” said Andria Sherrow, assistant director of the Institute for the African Child and managing editor of the journal. The semi-annual publication is intentionally interdisciplinary; academic researchers as well as NGOs are encouraged to submit manuscripts. Collaborations between on-the-ground organizations and academic researchers are encouraged. It is an open access journal, meaning there is no fee to submit or to subscribe. All content is available online, including searchable PDFs of individual articles. The journal’s copyright license allows for full reprints of articles as long as the author is credited. To access the journal directly:

African Journal of Economic and Management Studies (AJEMS)

This is a new peer-reviewed journal published by Emerald Group Publishing Limited. AJEMS aims to advance both theoretical and empirical research, inform policies and practices, and improve understanding of how economic and business decisions shape the lives of Africans. AJEMS is a multidisciplinary journal and welcomes papers from all the major disciplines in economics, business and management studies including (but not limited to): management; marketing; strategy; finance and investment; organizational management; international trade; business economics; entrepreneurship; and economic development AJEMS aims to places management and leadership at the centre-stage of business and organizational research in Africa and emphasizes an understanding of how theories and models support management practices. The journal offers its readers with insights into how African executives practice management. It therefore carries a section that stimulates practitioner-based dialogue. For more information, including details of how to submit papers for possible inclusion in AJEMS, see the website:

The British Library’s Archival Sound Recordings 2 Project

As part of the Archival Sound Recordings 2 Project, the British Library has digitised approximately 970 recordings from our collection of the Decca West Africa yellow label series. Our aim with this collection is to provide free universal access to these recordings for the sole purposes of teaching, learning and research through audio streaming via our website.  The collection includes music recorded in Benin, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Ghana between circa 1948-1961 and encompasses a wide range of genres including Konkomo, Highlife, Rhumba and Calypso. We are in the process of conducting rights research for these recordings, and would appreciate input or assistance from anyone who has been in contact with the musicians involved, or those who are familiar with the Decca West African yellow label series through their research. If you feel you can be of assistance, or for further information about the project, please contact Ellen Hebden: ellen.hebden(AT)

Lagos Historical Review

Dr Funke Adeboye of the Department of History and Strategic Studies, University of Lagos is the new editor of the Lagos Historical Review. The journal can be viewed here. All correspondence relating to the journal should now be directed to Dr Adeboye: funks29adeboye(AT)

Ife Journal of Sociology and Anthropology (IJSA)

IJSA is a bi-annual publication of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. The journal is set to provide an international forum for the dissemination of scholarly works on issues relating to the African environment, Sociology, Anthropology, Social Problems, Politics, Change and Development, Globalisation, Economics, Psychology, Public Policy, Management Studies, and other related disciplines concerned with the shaping of human behaviour; and the structure of institutions and customs in the African continent. IJSA welcomes scholarly contributions from both African scholars, and scholars elsewhere working on African issues and concerns. Manuscripts could be any of the following: original research, review articles, short reports, and book reviews. Manuscripts can be submitted any time in the year to the Editor, Professor M. A. O. Aluko: niyialuko(AT) and ijsanig(AT)

The Nigerian Journal of Philosophy

Papers intended for publication should be in the areas of the history of philosophy and ideas, African philosophy and other branches of philosophy. Proposals to the Editor, University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria: thenigerianjournalofphilosophy(AT)

The Africa Book Centre has moved

…to Preston Park Business Centre, 36 Robertson Road, Brighton BN1 5NL; telephone: +44 (0)1273 560 474; fax: +44 (0)1273 500 650; orders(AT)

Africa: the Journal of the International African Institute: Special Discount for ASAUK members

Edinburgh University Press and the International African Institute would like to offer members of the ASAUK and Royal African Society the opportunity to subscribe to Africa at a discounted rate from 2008 onwards.  To subscribe at the discounted rate of £41.25 (regular subscription: £65), phone 0131-650-4218 or marketing(AT)

African Development Affairs

African Development Affairs (ADA) is a new quarterly inter-disciplinary journal that aims to contribute to policy-making both inside and outside Africa, by exploring the development options for Africa from an Africa-centric perspective, through peer-reviewed articles of the highest academic standard, contributing to debate on solutions to the historic and complex social struggles confronting Africans. Proposals, articles and opinion pieces to the editor, Desmond Davies: ddavies(AT)

The Journal of Eastern African Studies

The Journal of Eastern African Studies is a new international publication of the British Institute in Eastern Africa, published three times per year in both print and online formats. 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. The Editors welcome submissions from all academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including archaeology, anthropology, cultural studies, development studies, economics, environmental studies, geography, history, international relations, literatures and languages, political economy, politics, social policy and sociology. Subscription is £280 (online)/£295 (online and print) institutional, £57 individual. For submissions, contact: jeas(AT)