Announcing new journal and Call for Papers

Annonce D’Une Nouvelle Revue et Appel à Contributions

The Journal of West African History (JWAH) is a new interdisciplinary peer-reviewed research journal that will publish the highest quality articles on West African history. Located at the cutting edge of new scholarship on the social, cultural, economic, and political history of West Africa, JWAH will fill a representational gap by providing a forum for serious scholarship and debate on women and gender, sexuality, slavery, oral history, popular and public culture, and religion. The editorial board encourages authors to explore a wide range of topical, theoretical, methodological, and empirical perspectives in new and exciting ways. The journal is committed to rigorous thinking and analysis; is international in scope; and offers a critical intervention about knowledge production. Scholarly reviews of current books in the field will appear in every issue. And the publication will be in both English and French; an abstract in both languages will be provided. Michigan State University Press publishes the JWAH in collaboration with the MSU African Studies Center, and the History Department.

The debut issue of JWAH will appear in Spring 2015. To this end, the editorial board invites scholars to submit original article-length manuscripts (not exceeding 10,000 words including endnotes, 35 pages in length) accompanied by an abstract that summarizes the argument and significance of the work (not exceeding 150 words). These articles will be considered alongside submissions from senior scholars such as Trevor Getz, Ifi Amadiume, Jacob Olupona, David Robinson, Beverly Mack, Obioma Nnaemeka, Jan Jansen, Jonathan Reynolds, Michel Doortmont, Simon Ottenberg, Elisha Renne, Ralph Austen, Rudolf Gaudio, Douglas Chambers, David Skinner, Merrick Posnansky, Moses Ochonu, James Genova, and Sabine Jell-Bahlsen, to name but a few. Please see submission guidelines for detailed expectations. Review essays (not exceeding 1,000 words) should engage the interpretation, meaning, or importance of an author’s argument for a wider scholarly audience. Please contact our book review editor at for more information.

Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of West African History should be submitted online at In order to submit an article, you will have to create an account. The site will guide you through this process.

We recognize that access to the internet is not universal; therefore we will accommodate those who are unable to submit their manuscripts electronically. Please contact the editorial staff at: JWAH, 141B & 141C Old Horticulture, 506 E. Circle Drive, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI  48824; Phone: (517)884-4593, Fax: (517)884-4594, or and for further instructions. The editor-in-chief can be reached directly at

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