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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.


African Arguments
Africa UprisingThree new titles are published in the African Arguments series in 2015. Morten Jerven’s new book Africa – Why Economists Get it Wrong, Africa’s New Oil by Celeste Hicks, and Africa Uprising: popular protest and political change by Adam Branch and Zachariah Mampilly.

ECAS2015ECAS 2015
The 6th European Conference on African Studies is being held at the at the Sorbonne and at the École pratique des hautes études (EPHE) in Paris, 8-10 July 2015.

The IAI is convening or sponsoring the following panels:
Publish or Perish in African Studies: new ways to valorize research
Dissident Genders and Sexualities: comparative and theoretical perspectives from Africa
We are further sponsoring a Round Table at the conference on ‘Ethics as Ideals of Practice’ chaired by Michael Lambek.

The biennial Lugard Lecture will be held during ECAS and given by Ousmane Kane.

Africa Bibliography wins 2014 Conover Porter Award
We are delighted that the IAI's Africa Bibliography has been recognised through this prestigious award, which was presented to the Bibliography compiler, Terry Barringer, during the 2014 US African Studies Association conference. The Conover-Porter Award is presented every two years by the Africana Librarians Council of the African Studies Association. The award recognises outstanding achievement in Africana bibliography and reference tools among works published in the preceding two years. View further details and a list of previous winners.

ASAUKIAI at ASAUK 2014, University of Sussex
The IAI sponsored two panels on African newspaper print cultures and arranged a series of five panels on publishing in Africa and African studies.
For reviews and write-ups see the Africa in Words blog

Library Series Publicity FlyerInternational African Library
New series editors Leslie Bank (Fort Hare) and Adeline Masquelier (Tulane) have joined the series editors of the IAI’s flagship monograph series.

Africa ‘local intellectuals’
A new article is published in this strand of the journal by Joel Cabrita: ‘An introduction to the letters of Isaiah Moteka: the correspondence of a twentieth-century South African Zionist minister’, Africa 84(2) (May 2014). You view all articles published in the ‘Local Intellectuals’ strand of the journal to date and freely accessible.

Africa Bibliography – complete archive available
Compiling bibliographical records since 1984, the IAI’s Africa Bibliography has been digitised. Records from 1984 to the current volume are available via the online database at

Africa journal – full archive available
For over eight decades Africa has been publishing the work of eminent Africanists: from Malinowski, Evans-Pritchard and Radcliffe-Brown through Mary Douglas, Robin Horton and Johannes Fabian, to Achille Mbembe, Birgit Meyer and Kojo Amanor. The entire archive from 1928 is now available digitally on the journal's website see

New publications

The Politics of Heritage in Africa: economies, histories, and infrastructures
Edited by Derek R. Peterson, Kodzo Gavua and Ciraj Rassool

Heritage work has had a uniquely wide currency in Africa's politics. Secure within the pages of books, encoded in legal statutes, encased in glass display cases and enacted in the panoply of court ritual, the artefacts produced by the heritage domain have become a resource for government administration, a library for traditionalists and a marketable source of value for cultural entrepreneurs. The Politics of Heritage in Africa draws together disparate fields of study - history, archaeology, linguistics, the performing arts and cinema - to show how the lifeways of the past were made into capital, a store of authentic knowledge that political and cultural entrepreneurs could draw from. This book shows African heritage to be a mode of political organisation, a means by which the relics of the past are shored up, reconstructed and revalued as commodities, as tradition, as morality or as patrimony.

Published for the International African Institute by Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107094857, c.320pp, February 2015.