African Popular Culture
African Popular Culture Book Series: International African Institute and Zed Books
The “African Popular Culture” book series from the International African Institute and Zed Books invites proposals for monographs (suitable edited books will also be considered) on topics related to African popular culture. We welcome proposals on topics related to all dimensions of African culture (in particular contemporary cultural forms), 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 are particularly interested in research that shows evidence of understanding life on the ground, and that demonstrates local knowledge and linguistic competence.
Managing Editor: Stephanie Kitchen
The International African Institute, London, is a learned society and publisher of the journal Africa since 1928. From 2019, it is also the home of the Journal of African Cultural Studies.
Zed Books is a leading independent publisher based in London with a strong record of publishing international and radical books and scholarship including on Africa.
Suitable proposals for new books in the series are welcomed by the series editors and Institute. A more detailed proposal submission form can be provided on request. A proposal should include sections on at least the following: rationale for the book project, contribution of the proposed manuscript, note on readership/audience (to be as specific as possible, including examples of courses on which the book may be used); summary of the contents and draft table of contents, chapter outlines, ideally a sample chapter to give the series editors a sense of your research and writing; statement about how you see the book as fitting into this series in particular; note on length (our usual guideline is for books in this series to be 60-90,000 words inclusive of notes and references), and time scale for full manuscript submission.
Proposals can be sent to Stephanie Kitchen, managing editor, sk111(AT)soas.ac.uk. For further information, editorial queries or more detailed submission guidelines, please also contact sk111(AT)soas.ac.uk