General Ongoing Call for Papers

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). 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. See what we have available for review on our Books for Review page. Please contact our book review editor at hodamtten@scu.edu for more information.

Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of West African History should be submitted online at http://ojs.msupress.msu.edu/index.php/JWAH. In order to submit an article, you will have to create an account. The site will guide you through this process.

Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS, Journal of West African History, Volume 3, Issue 2 (October 2017): Special Issue: Women and Gender in West Africa.

The study of women and gender in African history has yielded new analytical frameworks as well as an impressive body of original research. Scholarship on women and gender in West Africa’s past has made key contributions to the study of the region as well as to theoretical conceptions of the role of women and gender. To this end, the Journal of West African History (JWAH), invites scholars to submit papers for a special issue on Women and Gender in West Africa broadly conceived. Papers may address, but are not limited to any one of the following themes: the role of women in state-building, West African women and the economy, women and socio-economic development, gender and colonialism, sex and sexuality, histories of production and consumption, domesticity and the gender division of labor, women and nationalism, intellectual and cultural histories, slavery and the slave trade, West Africa and the Diaspora.

Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://ojs.msupress.msu.edu/index.php/JWAH. The deadline for the receipt of papers is January 2016. All articles will undergo a double blind peer review, and those accepted for publication will appear in a special issue of JWAH, volume 3, issue 1, scheduled for publication in October 2017.

CALL FOR PAPERS, Journal of West African History, Volume 5, Issue 1 (March 2019): Special Issue: 60th Anniversary of Ghana and Nigeria Independence.

2017 and 2020 will mark the 60th anniversaries of independence from British colonial rule in Ghana (1957) and Nigeria (1960). In honor of these momentous occasions, the Journal for West African History (JWAH), published by Michigan State University Press, invites scholars to submit papers that commemorate the 60th anniversaries of the independence of Ghana or Nigeria. We are particularly interested in papers that speak to the aspirations, achievements, setbacks, and problems associated with independence and its aftermath.

Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://ojs.msupress.msu.edu/index.php/JWAH. The deadline for the receipt of papers is December 1, 2017. All articles will undergo a double blind peer review, and those accepted for publication will appear in a special issue of JWAH, volume 5, issue 1, scheduled for publication in March 2019.

CALL FOR PAPERS, Journal of West African History, Volume 6, Issue 1 (March 2020) Special Issue: on “French West Africa: 60 Years After the Breakup of the Malian Federation.

In 1958, after General De Gaulle became President, he divided French West African and Equatorial African colonies into 13 separate states. In each colony a referendum was held. A oui vote meant continued association with France in the Community, and a non vote, meant complete and immediate independence. Guinea was the only country to vote, non; and as a result, became immediately independent. On April 4, 1959, the short-lived Malian Federation, a union between the autonomous territories of the Sudanese Republic and Senegal, was founded. However, the Federation would, by June 20, 1960, achieve compete independence. The year, 2018, marks the 60th anniversary of French Guinea’s “non” vote on General de Gaulle’s referendum. Likewise, the year, 2020, marks the 60th anniversary of the complete independence of the territories of French West Africa and the dissolution of the short-lived Mali Federation. In honor of these momentous occasions, the Journal of West African (JWAH), published by Michigan State University Press, invites scholars to submit papers that commemorate the 60th anniversaries of the independence of the former colonies of French West Africa. We are particularly interested in papers that speak to the aspirations, achievements, setbacks, and problems associated with independence and its aftermath.

Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://ojs.msupress.msu.edu/index.php/JWAH. The deadline for the submission of papers is December 1, 2018. All articles will undergo a double blind peer review, and those accepted for publication will appear in a special issue of JWAH, volume 6, issue 1, scheduled for publication in March 2020.