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.
AFRICA - Impact Factor
We were delighted to learn that for 2014, Africa’s published Thomson Reuters Impact Factor (IF) is 1.036, up from 0.745 in 2013. Our highest IF to date, this ranks Africa as the 2nd Africanist journal, 6/65 in the Area Studies category, and 32/83 in the Anthropology category.
The IAI is pleased to announce the publication of six reissued titles with Routledge. These books were previously published by the IAI/Kegan Paul, then Routledge. The Routledge Revivals series aims to keep hard-to-find backlist titles in print and to distribute them electronically as ebooks.
Six books have been published in this series as print (hardback) and ebooks reissues:
- Meyer Fortes and E.E. Evans-Pritchard (eds), African Political Systems
- A.R. Radcliffe-Brown and Daryll Forde (eds), African Systems of Kinship and Marriage
- Isaac Schapera and John Comaroff, The Tswana
- Graham Furniss and P. Jaggar (eds), Studies in Hausa
- Mary Kropp Dakubu, The Languages of Ghana
- D. Westermann and Ida Ward, Practical Phonetics for Students of African Languages
Spotlight on International African Institute
Book Aid International has published a blog piece about the IAI book donation programme.
Short response from Book Aid
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 kgamieldien(AT)cambridge.org for more details) or read extracts from the book here.
Three 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.
The 6th European Conference on African Studies was held at the at the Sorbonne and at the École pratique des hautes études (EPHE) in Paris, 8-10 July 2015.
The IAI convened the following panels:
Publish or Perish in African Studies: new ways to valorize research
Dissident Genders and Sexualities: comparative and theoretical perspectives from Africa
Round Table ‘Ethics as Ideals of Practice’
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.
IAI 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
International 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 Terri Ochiagha: 'There was a college: introducing The Umuahian: a golden jubilee publication, edited by Chinua Achebe', Africa 85(2) (May 2015). You can view all articles published to date in the ‘Local Intellectuals’ strand of the journal, which are 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 cambridge.org/login.do.
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 journals.cambridge.org/afr