Urban Africa Book Series
Call for proposals
The URBAN AFRICA Book Series , published by UCL Press and the International African Institute, provides a platform for critical, in-depth analysis of key contemporary issues affecting urban environments across the African continent. View flyer
The International African Institute (IAI) and UCL Press welcome proposals for the new jointly published Urban Africa Book Series.
The Urban Africa Book Series is unique in providing critical, in-depth analysis of key contemporary issues affecting urban environments across the continent. It will provide a wide-ranging and rigorous analysis of the urbanisation processes shaping African urban contexts, and also provide African perspectives on the nature of global urbanisation. It has a particularly strong interest in publishing work by scholars based in African contexts, and ensuring publications are widely accessible to African students and researchers, notably via Open Access publication. It will seek to work in close collaboration with African based networks and centres of urban scholarship to publish the best of African urban research. The series aims:
- To publish a series with a distinctive African-centred approach compared to conventional urban studies lists and journals. The series will showcase leading scholars in African urban studies.
- To provide a high-profile platform to urban scholars from the African continent currently under-represented in urban studies.
- To bring the best work in African urban studies from the Northern academy and across the global South to African studies audiences, and to make these widely accessible to Africa-based scholars.
Proposals and manuscripts will be reviewed by at least two members of the editorial board and/or external reviewers. Criteria will include the following:
- (i) what does a proposal/manuscript contain that is telling us something new about urban Africa empirically?
- (ii) proposals need to emphasise ‘the urban’ and contribute African perspectives to urban studies more generally.
- Jennifer Robinson, UCL University of London
- Jeffrey Paller, University of San Francisco, California
The International African Institute hosted at SOAS University of London is an institution engaged in the production and dissemination of African research and knowledge production, notably via its publication programme. It is the publisher of the journal Africa since 1928.
Established in 2015, UCL Press is the UK’s first full Open Access university press, with particular strengths in anthropology, architecture and the build environment, and urban studies.
To request the formal proposal submission form or with any initial enquiries please write to: Stephanie Kitchen, Managing Editor, International African Institute, sk111(at)soas.ac.uk