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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.
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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.
Bushmeat: Culture, Economy and Conservation in Central Africa
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Based on extensive interviews and a comprehensive review of secondary literature, Bushmeat presents a startling account of one of the Anthropocene’s catastrophes in the making. Join us as we launch this much-awaited launch and panel discussion with author Theodore Trefon and special guests.
Africa Bibliography, Research and Documentation - Volume 1 - November
From the editorial by Terry A. Barringer: "This first issue contains a fine mixture of articles, from senior scholars and practitioners who have published with ARD in the past to young professionals just embarking on their careers. A number are drawn from SCOLMA’s last annual conference, ‘Publishing, Collecting and Accessing African-language Materials’, held online in June 2021. There is a particularly strong focus on African languages and publishing, longstanding interests of the IAI. SCOLMA plans for annual conferences are ongoing and we hope these will be a rich source of articles in years to come."
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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.
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Arguments book series now published with Hurst
From 2021, the African Arguments book series is being published with Hurst. For further details, see Hurst Publishers.
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 >>
Culture, Economy and Conservation in Central Africa
A detailed investigation of the environmental, social and economic consequences of wild meat consumption in the Congo Basin. In much of Central Africa, eating wildlife is seen as a normal, desirable and common-sense practice. Almost all wild animals, from the largest mammals to the smallest invertebrates, are hunted, traded and consumed, providing vital income and nutrition for millions of people. But as demand for bushmeat grows, animal populations are being decimated, directly impacting biodiversity, local economies and public health. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Bushmeat explores questions ranging from deforestation and conservation strategies to infectious diseases, urban street food and law enforcement. It explains how the popularity of wild meat consumption has spread from rural areas into major cities, fuelled by rapid urbanisation, poorly defined regulations, and developing trade networks-whether small-scale and informal, or commercial and politically connected. While unsustainable hunting practices pose clear problems for wildlife conservation, they also increase the risk of rural food insecurity and of new infectious diseases emerging-as HIV, Ebola and Covid-19 have shown. But cultural attachment to wild meat, and its dietary importance for many communities, make the ‘bushmeat crisis’ difficult to solve. Based on extensive interviews and a comprehensive review of secondary literature, Bushmeat presents a startling account of one of the Anthropocene’s catastrophes in the making.
Published for the International African Institute by Hurst Publishers
ISBN: 9781787388147, 256 pp, October 2022 9781787388147
Trade Makes States: Governing the Greater Somali Economy
Tobias Hagmann, Finn Stepputat
A detailed investigation of the links between state-building and commodity exchange across the Somali-inhabited territories of East Africa. Trade Makes States highlights how trade and the circulation of goods are central to Somali societies, economies and politics. Drawing on multi-site research from across East Africa’s Somali-inhabited economic space–which includes areas of Kenya, Djibouti, Uganda and Ethiopia–this volume highlights the interconnection between trade and state-building after state collapse. It scrutinises the ‘politics of circulation’ between competing public administrations, which seek to generate revenue and to control infrastructures along major trade corridors. The contributors to this volume draw attention to the ingenuities of transnational Somali markets, which often appear to be self-governed. Their dynamism and everyday administration by a host of actors provide important insights into contemporary state formation on the margins of global supply-chain capitalism.
Published for the International African Institute by Hurst Publishers
ISBN: 9781787387058, 312pp, June 2022