Journals, Publications, and Blogs

Journals and Publications

Africa Today
Voice of the Continent

African Affairs
African Affairs is published on behalf of the Royal African Society. It publishes articles on recent political, social and economic developments in sub-Saharan countries. Also included are historical studies that illuminate current events in the continent.

Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
The Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies is the leading interdisciplinary journal on Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. It carries unparalleled coverage of the languages, cultures and civilizations of these regions from ancient times to the present. Publishing articles, review articles, notes and communications of the highest academic standard, it also features an extensive and influential reviews section and an annual index.

Canadian Journal of African Studies
CJAS/RCEA is a multidisciplinary journal publishing articles in the areas of anthropology, political economy, history, geography, and development. Some of the articles also take an interdisciplinary approach. In addition to "Research Articles," the journal includes a section called "Debates and Commentaries/débats et commentaires" that presents divergent viewpoints on current issues. Another section called “Research Note/note de recherche" permits contributors to discuss the latest writing, opinion, and research sources on African issues. A book review and review essay section provides critiques of recent books and reports on Africa in general and on individual countries.

International Journal of African Historical Studies
The International Journal of African Historical Studies publishes peer reviewed articles on all aspects of African history. The journal was established in 1968 as African Historical Studies

Journal of African History
The Journal of African History publishes articles and book reviews ranging widely over the African past, from the late Stone Age to the present. Historical approaches to the precolonial, colonial, and post-colonial periods are all welcome. The thematic range is equally broad, covering social, economic, political, cultural, and intellectual history. Recent articles have explored diverse themes including: labor and class, gender and sexuality, health and medicine, ethnicity and race, migration and diaspora, nationalism and state politics, religion and ritual, technology and the environment, and power and resistance.

Journal of Southern African Studies
The Journal of Southern African Studies is an international publication for work of high academic quality on issues of interest and concern in the region of Southern Africa. It aims at generating fresh scholarly inquiry and rigorous exposition in the many different disciplines of the social sciences and humanities, and periodically organizes and supports conferences to this end, sometimes in the region. It seeks to encourage inter-disciplinary analysis, strong comparative perspectives and research that reflects new theoretical or methodological approaches. The region covered embraces South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Angola and Mozambique; and occasionally, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar and Mauritius.

Transition was founded in 1961 in Uganda by the late Rajat Neogy and quickly established itself as a leading forum for intellectual debate. This series carries on a tradition of the original’s tough-minded, far-reaching criticism, both cultural and political. Transition is a unique forum for fresh perspectives on global issues, literature and art, cultures and people, with an emphasis on Africa and the diaspora.

African Studies Quarterly
ASQ is an interdisciplinary, fully refereed, online journal dedicated to publishing the finest scholarship relating to the African continent.

African Studies Review
The African Studies Review is the principal academic and scholarly journal of the African Studies Association. The ASR appears three times per year in April, September, and December, and is mailed to members of the Association as one of the many benefits of membership.

Pambazuka News is produced by a pan-African community of some 300 citizens and organizations - academics, policy makers, social activists, women's organizations, civil society organizations, writers, artists, poets, bloggers, and commentators who together produce insightful, sharp and thoughtful analyses and make it one of the largest and most innovative and influential web forums for social justice in Africa.

Blogs & Commentary

Other Sources

100 Open Lectures All About Africa
As the world becomes an increasingly interconnected and truly global marketplace, it becomes ever more important to learn and understand the history, culture and economic roles of nations around the world. Africa is no exception, and this collection of lectures, many from renowned scholars, researchers and innovators, will help you better understand the many varied regions of Africa and the continents changing role in the world marketplace.

The Story of Africa
The Story of Africa tells the history of the continent from an African perspective. Africa's top historians take a fresh look at the events and characters that have shaped the continent from the origins of humankind to the end of South African apartheid. See the rise and fall of empires and kingdoms, experience the power of religion, the injustices of slavery, and chart the expansion of trade between Africa and other continents. Hear what it was like to live under colonialism, follow the struggle against it, and celebrate the achievement of independence.

Cooperative Africana Microform Project (CAMP)
The Cooperative Africana Microform Project (CAMP), founded in 1963, is a joint effort by research libraries throughout the world and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL) to promote the preservation of publications and archives concerning the nearly fifty nations of Sub-Saharan Africa and to make these materials in microform available to researchers.

The history of Africa as a whole
An excellent resource page on African history for some background and context of various issues.

H-Africa Discussion Network
A source of contemporary debates about Africa