Call for Papers: Journal of West African History


Journal of West African History, Volume 5, Issue 2 (October 2019): Special Issue: 60th Anniversary of Ghana and Nigeria Independence

Founding Editor-in-chief: Nwando Achebe

Associate Editors (Manuscripts): Assan Sarr and Ibra Sene

Associate Editor (Book Reviews): Harry Odamtten

2017 and 2020 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. Please see submission guidelines for detailed expectations.  Manuscripts should be submitted online at The deadline for the receipt of papers is April 30, 2018. 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 2, scheduled for publication in October 2019.

The Journal of West African History (JWAH) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed research journal that publishes 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 fills 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 appear in every issue. And the publication is in both English and French; an abstract in both languages is provided.


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