The forums are reoccurring segments dedicated to unraveling and engaging important intellectual questions in the field of West African history. In addition to the four forums listed below, JWAH invites scholars to pitch new ideas by sending an email to


Essays that showcase current thinking about new directions in scholarship.

Thinking Digitally

Essays that engage new digital media and technologies as tools for historical research and for documenting West African realities, especially probing how historical practice, presentation, and analysis can be translated in digital terms.


Essays that engage in debate with the past and present history of West Africa on topics as significant and varied as LGBTI rights and discrimination; health, healing, and disease; wealth; and security.

The Teaching Scholar

Essays that throw teaching pedagogies into conversation with scholarship.

If you have material you would like to submit to one of the forums, you can do so online by following the link below: