Journal of African Cultural Studies
Aims and scope
The Journal of African Cultural Studies publishes leading scholarship on African culture from inside and outside Africa, with a special commitment to Africa-based authors and to African languages. Our editorial policy encourages an interdisciplinary approach, involving humanities, and qualitative social sciences including environmental sciences. The journal focuses on dimensions of African culture, performance arts, visual arts, music, cinema, the role of the media, the relationship between culture and power, as well as issues within such fields as popular culture in Africa, sociolinguistic topics of cultural interest, and culture and gender. We welcome in particular articles that show evidence of understanding life on the ground, and that demonstrate local knowledge and linguistic competence. We do not publish articles that offer mostly textual analyses of cultural products like novels and films, nor articles that are mostly historical or those based primarily on secondary (such as digital and library) sources.
The journal has evolved from the journal African Languages and Cultures, founded in 1988 in the Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. From 2019, it is published in association with the International African Institute, London.
Journal of African Cultural Studies publishes original research articles. The journal also publishes an occasional Contemporary Conversations section, in which authors respond to current issues. The section has included reviews, interviews and invited response or position papers. We welcome proposals for future Contemporary Conversations themes.
Editorial on the past and future of JACS
This editorial announces a new phase in the life of the Journal of African Cultural Studies, and introduces the revised editorial and management structure as well as the journal’s new affiliation with the International African Institute.
Since its inception, the journal has undergone a number of name changes and has been published by a range of publishers. Its publication histories, and the formats and platforms through which it has been published, usefully track the shifts in institutional histories and the trends in teaching and researching African Languages and Cultures at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), from where a journal focusing on African Languages and Cultures has been edited (with some interruptions), since 1960. The latest phase in the life of the evolving journal, starting with this first issue of 2019, shows evidence of greater internationalisation, and of the increased involvement and leadership by Africa-based scholars, alongside colleagues from the UK, Europe, North America and China. Read the full editorial here.
Instructions for contributors
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Carli Coetzee, IAI, UK
Editor at Large, Africa
Grace Ahingula Musila, Wits University, South Africa
Moradewun Adejunmobi, UC Davis, USA
Karin Barber, University of Birmingham, UK
Gus Casely-Hayford, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, USA
Ying Cheng, PKU, Beijing, China
Lindiwe Dovey, SOAS, University of London, UK
Rotimi Fasan, Osun State University, Nigeria
Carmela Garritano, Texas A&M, USA
Chege Githiora, SOAS, University of London, UK
Alessandro Jedlowski, FNRS, Belgium
Rebecca Jones, Birmingham University, UK
David Kerr, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Stephanie Kitchen, Managing Editor, IAI
Stephanie Newell, Yale, USA
Joseph Oduro-Frimpong. Ashesi University, Ghana
Duncan Omanga, Moi University, Kenya
Katrien Pype, KU Leuven University, Belgium
Ilana Webster-Kogen, SOAS, University of London
James Yeku, Saskatchewan University, Canada,
Helen Yitah, University of Ghana, Ghana