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Call for papers - Book project: "Selected themes in African studies"

February 18, 2013


We are compiling a series entitled “Selected themes in African Studies”. This book is composed of two volumes. We invite all scholars working on African contemporary issues to contribute to the upcoming volume 1, 2013. This book aims at bringing the debate about different themes and issue areas in Africa and African Studies to show how this would translate into novel analytical frameworks, conceptual approaches, and empirical accounts. The areas of enquiry encompass disciplines and cognate that relates to the human and social sciences. The sub-themes include but not limited to African Philosophy; International Relations, African (International) Political Economy; Gender Studies; Geography, Economic History and Development Studies; Peace, Conflict and Strategic Studies; Policy and Development Studies; Education management, Public Administration and Political studies. 

Book project: “Selected Themes in African Studies”

Volume’s Rationale: An increasing number of scholars have started seeing Africa as striking, in regional studies. They acknowledge the interconnectedness of a myriad of problems and prospects for Africa as a relevant part of global discourse with an ever-increasing importance of research and information for the agenda and practice of African Studies. The realities of underdevelopment and development, regional and international security, statehood, gender and human right questions, geography and environmental pressures, policy development and public administration, global governance, peace and conflict relatedness, education and health issues are strongly interweaved together and continue to challenge various existing conceptual approaches. This book aims at bringing the debate about Africa to the general discourse broadly construed as African Studies, showing how this would translate into
novel analytical frameworks, conceptual approaches, and empirical accounts. Interest in African issues have grown remarkably in major world institutions as students generally want to know more about the continent, beyond the usual ‘myths and tales by moonlight of a dark continent’. It is well understood now that Africa in an essential part of the world as we know it today and therefore an empirically African based literature is needful. Indeed Institutes and centers of African Studies are being established in North America, Europe and elsewhere, but there is hardly an attempt to develop volumes that encompass myriads of issue areas that are central to Africa’s social problems and progress. While several handbooks about African studies exist, this volume offers a state-of-the-art review of various issue areas, methodical, and theoretical ways in which African Studies matter and as an important microcosm in the general understanding and study of global issues that text the essence of objectivity while dealing with problems that confront humanity today.

Conceptually and empirically, each contribution illustrates the relevance and consequences in
African Studies and should address the following general points:

1. Discussion of relevant theoretical debates and new interdisciplinary perspectives 
2. The interplay/interrelation/co-constitution of African issues and challenges and its global relevance
3. The repercussions of change and continuity in African issues

Main parts and sub-themes of the book: African Philosophy; International Relations, African History, African (International) Political Economy; Gender Studies; Geography, Economic History and Development Studies; Peace, Conflict and Strategic Studies; Policy and Development Studies; Education management, Public Administration and Political studies.

LENGTH: The length of the individual chapters should not exceed 6500 words

ABSTRACT: The abstract should not be longer than 250 words.

- Deadline for abstracts: February 28th, 2012
- Deadline full paper submission: April 30th, 2013
- Final drafts with revisions: by June 30th, 2013
- Proof-reading: August 2013
- Publication date: November 2013
- Possible Publishers: Oxford, Springer, Palgrave, Rutledge, Lexington publishers
Contributors are asked to submit their contributions to: and copy

ASUELIME Lucky, Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South
YARO Joseph, Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography and Resource Development,
University of Ghana, Ghana

Lucky Asuelime
Lecturer: International and Public Affairs
School of Social Sciences
Howard College Campus
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Durban 4001
South Africa
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