Tarikh, essentially a journal of thematic African history, is a journal of the Historical Society of Nigeria. Tarikh is seeking papers to appear in issues with the following theme: Women and the State in Africa. Articles appearing in Tarikh are prized for their pedagogic value and synthesis (without losing their scholarly intent), and aspire to be a must read for undergraduate and postgraduate university students, especially in History, Political Science and Sociology.
Interested contributors should send abstracts (written in English) of between 350 and 400 words, describing the problem within the theme and the anticipated response, to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 5, 2016.
There is hardly any scholar nowadays that will question the assertion that the colonial period was transformative. Amongst the changes it wrought, it altered the traditional role of women in Africa, and most importantly generated and incubated the forces that led ultimately to its demise. When African nationalists demanded for freedom from the colonialists, they did so for everybody, men and women. Yet, everywhere since independence, it is generally argued, women have been in chains. Can empirical research validate this claim? The state in Africa has not really been the neutral, mediatory institution of Western political theory; it has been both incursive and determinative. It is not just the domain of law and force, it is also a repository of social, political and economic goods. Groups that control the state not only have access to these goods (and bar other groups from having access), they in fact determine the status of other groups in society. Hence the suspicion that the relatively lowly position of women in Africa is the result of male-determined state legislation and practices, or is a condition that can be ameliorated by state intervention. To what extent have women been encumbered by state practices? How have women organized to exact rights from the state? What really was the impact of colonial rule on the position of women in Africa? In responding to these questions, focus should be on national or regional experiences.
Professor Ehimika A. Ifidon
Department of History and International Studies
University of Benin