Northeast African Studies: Call for Special Issue Proposals

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Call for Papers
March 15, 2020
United States
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Middle East History / Studies, World History / Studies



Northeast African Studies (NEAS) is a biannual interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research in the social sciences and the humanities on northeastern Africa and the broader Red Sea region. We welcome submissions from a range of academic disciplines including history, anthropology, political science, sociology, religion, environmental studies, literature and the arts. (SEE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE JOURNAL HERE


At this time we 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. 



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)

The Ottoman Empire and Northeast Africa/the Red Sea area

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

Piracy, smuggling, contraband and other illicit mobilities/circulations 


We invite potential guest editors to submit a proposal (300-400 words) to NEAS editor, Jonathan Miran(, by March 15, 2020.

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