The African Studies Review published the State of the Art overview essays from 1980 to 1994. Supported by the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies, these important scholarly discourses continue to be some of the most renowned in African studies. Essays, such as Jane Guyer’s “Household and Family” (1981), Valentin Mudimbe’s “African Gnosis” (1985), and Karin Barber’s “Popular Arts in Africa,” (1987) not only defined emerging fields but also paved the way for exciting new scholarly endeavors.
The African Studies Review is embarking on a reimagining of this landmark intellectual project with a new series entitled African Studies Keywords. Informed by Raymond Williams’ attention to “meanings and contexts,” and fueled by the recent flourish of critical attention to terminology, notably Critical Terms for the Study of Africa (2018), edited by Gaurav Desai and Adeline Masquelier, we invite proposals for individual critical scholarly essays that explore themes, topics, and ideas of interest to the ASA membership and Africanists globally reflecting emerging trends in Africanist research, local, global, and indigenous terminologies, including words in African languages. Essays that engage disciplines and interdisciplinary fields perceived as underrepresented in the journal or on the annual meeting program are particularly welcome. We are especially interested in showcasing Africa-based scholarship and co-authored and collaborative proposals.
Interested authors and co-authors should prepare a proposal, in any language, comprising a title, a 500-word abstract outlining the significance of the keyword, and a short, annotated bibliography covering recent key scholarship. Eight proposals will be selected by a sub-committee of the African Studies Review Editorial Review Board for inclusion in a two-panel sequence as part of the Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association in Boston in November 2019. Proposals may be submitted by email to the ASR Managing Editor, Kathryn Salucka [kathryn[at]africanstudies.org] by February 20, 2019. Selected authors will be contacted by March 1, 2019. Full draft papers are due by July 1, 2019.