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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.


asaukThe biennial African Studies Association (UK) conference takes place at the University of Cambridge, 7-9 September 2016. See full details at:

The following sessions have been arranged by the IAI and its journal AFRICA:

Wednesday 7th September: 14.00-15.30
The legacy of J.D.Y. Peel's work for the study of Nigeria (1 of 2)
Robinson - JCR
Roundtable discussion with Karin Barber, Wale Adebanwi, Funso Afolayan, Richard Fardon, and Insa Nolte

Wednesday 7th September: 16.00-17.30
Part 2: The Three Circles: Christianity, Islam, and Traditional Religion in Comparison and Interaction. J.D.Y. Peel's Contribution to the Study of Religion in Africa (2 of 2)
Robinson - JCR
Speakers including David Maxwell, Ben Soares, Amidu Sanni, Marloes Janson, and Birgit Meyer

Thursday 8th September: 9.00-10.30
The un/doing of national belonging in African public rituals and performances, symposium sponsored by AFRICA, journal of the International African Institute
Allison Richard Building – Polis 138
Chair - Carola Lentz (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz)
Discussant: Konstanze N'Guessan (Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz)

The Middle Class in Africa: Comparative Perspectives and Lived Experiences (sponsored by Africa, Journal of the International African Institute)
Conveners: Deborah James (LSE), Claire Mercer (LSE), Charlotte Lemanksi (University of Cambridge)


  • 8th September 15.30-17.00: Robinson College - Linnett Room: Re-defining 'middle-class' in Africa
  • 9th September 09.00-10.30: Robinson College - Linnett Room: Middle-class practices of consumption in Africa 18
  • 9th September 11.00-12.30: Robinson College - Linnett Room: Middle-class spatial practices and property ownership
  • 9th September 13.30-15.00: Robinson College - Linnett Room: Middle-class performativity in Africa

African Books and Knowledge Production Stream (convened by Stephanie Kitchen, International African Institute)

  • 8th September 15.30-17.00: Robinson - Music Room: Common Knowledge: Round table on academic publication forums for Africanist research
  • 9th September 09.00-10.30: Robinson - Music Room: The economies of knowledge production in African studies
  • 9th September 11.00-12.30: Robinson - Music Room: Book publishing in Africa: where to now? (In association with the African Books Collective)
  • 9th September 13.30-15.00: Robinson - Music Room: Repositories and Digitisation

JansonAmaury Talbot prize
Marloes Janson's monograph Islam, Youth and Modernity in the Gambia: The Tablighi Jama’at, published in the International African Library series, has been announced as the co-winner of the 2014 round of this prize, recently awarded by the Royal Anthropological Institute.

BoltMaxim Bolt wins BSA/BBC ethnography award
We are delighted that Maxim Bolt's book Zimbabwe's Migrants and South Africa's Border Farms: the roots of impermanence has won the 2016 British Sociological Association/BBC Thinking Allowed Ethnography Award. See

TrefonTheodore Trefon, book published, 9 May 2016
Trefon's new book Congo's Environmental Paradox has been published in the African Arguments series.

WaleAFRICA – new co-editor
The IAI/AFRICA are delighted to announce that Wale Adebanwi, Associate Professor in African American and African Studies at the University of California-Davis, has joined the journal as co-editor from January 2016. He previously served on the journal's editorial board from 2012. Wale is an anthropologist and political scientist. He is the author of Yoruba Elites and Ethnic Politics in Nigeria: Obafemi Awolowo and Corporate Agency (Cambridge, 2014); Authority Stealing: Anti-Corruption War and Democratic Politics in Post-Military Nigeria (CAP, 2012); and editor or co-editor of five other books. His latest work, Nation as Grand Narrative: The Nigerian Press and the Politics of Meaning will be published by the University of Rochester Press in May 2016. Email .

The Politics of Heritage in Africa
This landmark volume edited by Derek R. Peterson, Kodzo Gavua and Ciraj Rassool is now published in all territories, including in a discounted paperback edition for the African continent (contact for more details) or read extracts from the book here.

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.

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