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The International African Institute (IAI), hosted at SOAS University of London, 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 Journal of African Cultural Studies the annual Africa Bibliography, Research and Documentation, the International African Library series, the African Arguments series, and the Urban Africa Book Series.
The IAI is not able to invite external applications for funding. However, from time to time the Trustees allocate specific sums on application to the Institute’s journal editors to contribute towards the participation of scholars, usually based in Africa, in events such as conference panels or workshops, and other activities associated with the Institute’s journals. Distribution of these allocated funds to specific individuals is at the discretion of the Institute's editorial team.
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O Instituto Internacional Africano (IAI), sediado na SOAS Universidade de Londres, visa promover o estudo académico da história, sociedades e culturas da África. O instituto realiza os seus objetivos principalmente através da publicação académica. Leia mais sobre nós.
O IAI publica a prestigiosa e há muito estabelecida revista África, o Journal of African Cultural Studies, o anuário Africa Bibliography, Research and Documentation, a série International African Library, e as séries African Arguments e Urban Africa .
O IAI não tem condições de convidar candidaturas externas para financiamento. No entanto, de tempos em tempos, os administradores atribuem montantes específicos, a pedido dos editores da revista do Instituto, para contribuir para a participação de académicos, geralmente residentes em África, em eventos como painéis de conferências ou workshops, e outras actividades associadas às revistas do Instituto. A distribuição destes fundos atribuídos a indivíduos específicos fica ao critério da equipa editorial do Instituto.
Un grand nombre de nos pages web sont disponibles en anglais, en français et en portugais. Vous pouvez accéder aux options de langues à partir d’un menu déroulant situé dans la partie supérieure de l’écran.
L’Institut africain international (IAI), hébergé à l’École des études orientales et africaines (SOAS) de l’Université de Londres, vise à promouvoir l’étude savante de l’histoire, des sociétés et des cultures d’Afrique. L’IAI poursuit ses objectifs principalement par la publication de revues savantes. Pour en savoir plus, cliquez sur ce lien : L’IAI.
L’IAI publie la revue de renommée établie Africa, la revue Journal of African Cultural Studies, la bibliographie annuelle Africa Bibliography, Research and Documentation, la série International African Library, la série African Arguments et la série Urban Africa Book Series.
L’IAI n’est pas en mesure d’inviter à présenter des demandes externes de financement. En revanche, le Conseil d’administration de l’IAI attribue parfois des sommes spécifiques, sur demande faite aux rédacteurs des revues de l’Institut, pour contribuer à la participation de chercheurs (généralement basés en Afrique) à des événements tels que panels de conférences ou ateliers, et autres activités associées aux revues de l’Institut. La distribution des fonds alloués à des personnes spécifiques est à la discrétion de l’équipe éditoriale de l’Institut.
African Digital Research Repositories & Database of African
To gain a better sense of the existing institutional repository landscape in Africa, the International African Institute (IAI) has collated and published on its website a list of all known institutional repositories, which can be found at internationalafricaninstitute.org/repositories.
You can also view the pamphlet
Debating Ideas is a new section that aims to reflect the values and editorial ethos of the African Arguments book series, publishing writing from within the African continent and beyond. It will offer debates and engagements, contexts and controversies, and reviews and responses flowing from the African Arguments books. Edited and managed by the International African Institute. Host: SOAS University of London. Sponsored by the World Peace Foundation. Go to the Debating ideas web page >>
Lifeworlds in Crisis: Making Refugees in the Chad–Sudan Borderlands
The continuing Darfur War has caused mass displacement since 2003, with hundreds of thousands driven from their homes and many forced into refugee camps in western Sudan and neighbouring Chad. Building on twenty years of research in the region, Andrea Behrends tracks the repercussions of this conflict—sometimes referred to as the ‘first genocide of the twenty-first century’—for those living through it: those who stayed put, those who fled from rural areas to towns, those who moved to refugee camps, and those who fought. Telling the story of everyday survival on the Chad–Sudan border, an area central to state politics in the larger region, her account sheds light on how people create belonging, exchange knowledge, develop new practices and build futures in the face of extreme uncertainty.
Departing from the focus on large-scale humanitarian and military interventions associated with ‘states of emergency’, Behrends highlights the forms of cooperation and mutual knowledge production that emerge on the ground in these lifeworlds in crisis. She combines meticulous ethnographic description with theoretically grounded arguments to offer a pioneering study of how individuals have anticipated, survived and adapted to recurring crises and war in one of the world’s most economically marginalised regions.
Published for the International African Institute by Hurst Publishers
ISBN: 9781911723226, 392pp, January 2024
Africa’s Global Infrastructures: South–South Transformations in Practice
Jana Hönke, Eric Cezne and Yifan Yang
The boom in South–South relations since the early 2000s has seen a flurry of investment in African infrastructure from emerging markets across the Global South. While the extent to which these projects spur growth is constantly debated, few studies have addressed their impact on ground-level political and socio-economic practices in Africa—or their consequences for transnational governance more broadly.
Through the lens of infrastructure, this book investigates the developmental ideas, processes and techniques that have travelled to and emerged from Africa as a result of Global South–led projects. How have they been adapted, transformed and contested by local actors? How does this shape business–society relations? And how has this challenged the Western-dominated global order? The contributors zoom in on large-scale Chinese-, Brazilian- and Indian-funded ventures—dams, ports, roads and mines—across countries including Kenya, Mozambique and the DRC. These ‘frontier zones’, bringing together politicians and practitioners, campaign groups and communities from Africa and elsewhere, offer a unique insight into the global workings of our contemporary world.
Taking a bottom-up approach, Africa’s Global Infrastructures explores the longer-term significance and implications of these pluralistic socio-economic interactions, for the continent and beyond.
Published for the International African Institute by Hurst Publishers
ISBN: 9781805260226, 328pp, November 2023