Journal of Contemporary African Studies (JCAS)

The Journal of Contemporary African Studies (JCAS) is an interdisciplinary journal in the human sciences which seeks to promote a scholarly understanding of developments and change in Africa.

The journal focuses primarily on African and Third World Politics; African Studies; Area Studies; International Politics and Politics & International Relations. It is peer reviewed and has an international subscription.

JCAS is published four times a year (in January, April, July and October) by Routledge, Taylor& Francis Ltd in the United Kingdom. The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) retains sole responsibility for the selection of material, editing and editorial policy of the journal. Copyright in the title and content and ownership is vested in the Institute.

The journal caters to an ever growing audience, and has produced the following special issues so far:

  • Undoing Independence: Regionalism and the Reincorporation of Transkei into South Africa, edited by Andrew Donaldson, Julia Segar and Roger Southall (Vol. 11, No. 2, 1992)
  • The Politics of Identity, edited by Pat MacAllister and John Sharp (Vol. 15, No. 1, 1997)
  • South Africa in Transition (Vol. 16, No. 1, 1998);
  • Livelihood, Linkages and Policy Parodoxes, guest edited by Leslie Bank and Deborah Bryceson (Vol. 19, No. 1, 2001);
  • Limits to Liberation in Southern Africa, guest edited by Henning Melber (Vol.21, No. 2, 2003);
  • The War on Terror in the Sahara, guest edited by Ann McDougall (Vol. 25, No. 1, 2007);
  • Security in West Africa, guest edited by Paul Williams and Jurgen Haacke (Vol. 26, No. 2, 2008);
  • Political Economies of Displacement in Southern Africa, guest edited by Amanda Hammar and Graeme Rogers (Vol. 26, No. 4, 2008);
  • Kenya’s Uncertain Democracy: The Electoral Crisis of 2008, edited by Peter Kagwanja and Roger Southall (Vol. 27, No. 3, 2009);
  • Somalia: State Collapse, Terrorism and Piracy, guest edited by Brian Hesse (Vol. 3, No. 28, 2010);
  • Nigeria at Fifty, guest edited by Ebenezer Obadare and Wale Adebwanwi (Vol. 28, No. 4, 2010);
  • China’s Rise in Africa: Beyond the Headlines, guest edited by Dominik Kopinski, Andrzej Polus and Ian Taylor (Vol. 29, No. 2, 2011);
  • Heritage Management and Tourism in Africa, guest edited by Rosabelle Boswell and David O’Kane (Vol. 29, No. 4, 2011); and
  • Progress in Zimbabwe, guest edited by David Moore (Vol. 30, No. 1, 2012)
  • Mining and Urbanisation in Africa, guest edited by Deborah Bryceson and Danny MacKinnon (Vol 30, No. 4, 2012)
  • Social Movements and Political Change in Africa, guest edited by Tom Lodge, Rachel Ibreck and Ciara McCorley (Vol 31, No 2, 2013).

Editorial correspondence, including manuscripts for submission, should be sent to:

Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Rhodes University, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa.

Contributions may also be submitted electronically to:

Editorial board 

Chief Editor:

Prof. Nthabiseng Motsemme - Associate Professor, University of Johannesburg, South Africa



Kirk Helliker - Unit of Zimbabwean Studies, Rhodes University, South Africa

David Fryer – Department of Economics and Economic History, Rhodes University, South Africa

Vito Laterza – Department of Global Development and Planning, University of Agder, Norway

Siphokazi Magadla – Political and International Studies, Rhodes University, South Africa

Zethu Matebeni – Research Chair in Sexualities, Genders and Queer Studies, University of Fort Hare, South Africa

Sally Matthews – Department of Politics and International Studies, Rhodes University, South Africa

Paul Maylam – Department of History, Rhodes University, South Africa

Uchenna Okeja – Department of Philosophy, Rhodes University, South Africa

Lyn Ossome – Political Studies Department, University of theWitwatersrand, South Africa

Amma Panin – CORE/LIDAM, University of Louvain, Belgium

Ramola Ramtohul – Department of Social Studies, University of Mauritius, Mauritius

Natasha Shivji – African Studies Centre, Cambridge University, United Kingdom

Samaila Suleiman – Department of History, Bayero University, Nigeria

Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso – Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Babcock University, Nigeria


Kolawole Omomowo, Department of Social Sciences, University of Namibia, Namibia


Oka Obono, Demography and Population Studies Unit, Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria


Detlev Krige, Department of Anthropology, Archaeology and Development Studies, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Geoffrey Antrobus, Department of Economics, Rhodes University, South Africa


Samuel Sadian, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Rhodes University, South Africa


Ayanda Gamedze, Institute of Social and Economic Research,Rhodes University, South Africa


Thoko Siphunga, Department of Sociology , Rhodes University South Africa


Book Reviews Editor:

Kholeka Shange – Department of Anthropology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa


Administrative Support :

NISC - Khaya Sami -


Editorial Board:

Sola Akinrinade – Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Bruce Baker – African Studies Centre, Coventry University, United Kingdom

William Beinart - St Anthony’s College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Dickson Eyoh – Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, Canada

Brian J. Hesse – Northwest Missouri State University, USA

Gilbert Khadiagala – Department of International Relations, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

Tshidiso Maloka – Africa Institute of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa

Zibani Maundeni - Political and Administrative Studies, University of Botswana, Gaborone

Basile Njio - Department of Anthropology, University of Douala, Cameroon

Deborah Posel - University of Cape Town, South Africa

Oliver Saasa - Institute of African Studies, University of Zambia

Issa Shivji - Mwalimu Nyerere Professor of Pan African Studies, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Roger Southall – Department of Sociology, Society, Work and Development Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Gizachew Tiruneh – Department of Political Science, University of Central Arkansas, USA


Further details can be found on the journal’s Taylor & Francis website:


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