Call for Papers: Northeast African Studies, Special Issue (Deadline: 15 March)

Northeast African Studies (NEAS) is a biannual interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research in the social sciences and the humanities on the Horn of Africa and its neighbours. The region covers primarily Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, and Somalia/Somaliland.

The editors at NEAS are currently welcoming submissions from a range of academic disciplines including literature, the arts, history, anthropology, political science, sociology, religion, and environmental studies.

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At this time they are calling for proposals for special issues to appear in 2021 and 2022. A special issue can include anywhere between four and ten single articles focusing on a specific theme.

Possible issue themes include, but are not limited to:
-Women, gender, history, and politics in Northeast Africa
-Biographical trajectories between microhistory and global history in the Red Sea/Gulf of Aden
-Connected histories of Northeast Africa and South Asia
-Pilgrimage and Northeast Africa/Red Sea area: local, regional, global (Mecca, Jerusalem, local sites)
-Jews in Northeast Africa and the Red Sea region (travelers, traders, entrepreneurs)
-Imperial trajectories in/and Northeast Africa in the early modern and modern eras
-West Africa – Northeast Africa Trans-Saharan connections (trade, pilgrims, Sufi networks)
-Islamic education and the transmission of Islamic knowledge in Northeast Africa
-New sources for the study of Islam and Muslims in the Horn of Africa
-Islam and colonialism in Northeast Africa
-Commodity chains and translocal histories (coffee, textiles, marine products)
-The Red Sea region as a source of ‘religious commodities’: frankincense, mother-of-pearl, coffee
-Histories of Red Sea marine products and industries (pearls, mother-of-pearl, trochus, sea cucumbers, salt)
-New visual cultures in Northeast Africa
-Intellectual networks, scholarly traditions, knowledge production and transmission
-Cartographic Northeast Africa: maps, spaces, histories, politics
-Harari history, religion, culture
-Slavery and the slave trades in Northeast Africa/the Red Sea area
-Representations of the Horn of Africa in literature and film
-Diasporic communities in Northeast Africa (South Asians, Arabs, Armenians, Greeks)
-Entangled histories of Northeast Africa and Yemen
-Illicit mobilities/circulations

The editors invite proposal papers of 300-400 words. Please submit your ideas to NEAS editor, Jonathan Miran  at by March 15, 2020

For more information about the journal, please visit the website:

Northeast African Studies is published by Michigan State University Press @UofMPress




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