JORA - Journal of Retracing Africa

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Call for Papers
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, African History / Studies

The Journal of Retracing Africa (JORA) is a peer-reviewed, African studies journal that welcomes submissions of original, previously unpublished manuscripts on a broad thematic and chronological range. Jora is committed to publishing articles that provide theoretically informed analysis on the social, economic, cultural, and political transformation of African societies during the precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial periods. It aims at deconstructing misconceived, mistaken, and missing narratives on Africa and Africans, thus providing a holistic appreciation of the African experience.

Although many books, articles, and commentaries have been produced on Africa, the dynamic social, economic, and political cultures of the continent remain largely misunderstood or misrepresented in the Western world. JORA seeks to promote a balanced, more comprehensive understanding of the lives of African peoples and societies since the precolonial period. It welcomes the use of disciplinary or interdisciplinary approaches in addressing identified myths and stereotypes surrounding African peoples, cultures, and societies. This journal extends the work of Africanists by providing a platform for established and emerging Africanists to highlight the missing voices in African studies, thereby contributing to a greater understanding and appreciation of the diversity, complexities, richness, challenges, and promise of Africa. Among others, JORA welcomes articles focusing on, but not limited to, the following themes across different countries and all periods:

  • The African Environment
  • Ancient African Societies
  • Politics and Government in Africa
  • Art, Literature, Music, and African Social Institutions
  • Indigenous African Religions, Christianity, and Islam, etc
  • Masculinity and Gender Issues in Africa
  • Sports and Transnational Interactions
  • Human Resource Development in Africa and the Politics of Knowledge
  • Slavery and its Ramifications
  • Ramifications of Colonialism
  • Decolonization of Africa and Global Politics
  • The Curse and Blessings of Natural Resources
  • Nation Building and the Legacy of Colonialism
  • The Cold War and Neo-colonialism
  • Globalization, Transnational Companies, and African Political Economy
  • Conflict and Consensus in African Relations
  • Regional and Sub-regional Organizations
  • Immigration Conundrum: From Brain Drain to Brain Gain
  • Security Challenges in Contemporary Africa
  • Understanding Governance and Corruption in Africa
  • Democratization and Civil Societies in Africa

JORA publishes annually.  Manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis.

For more information and to submit, please visit or contact our Assistant Editor Alexandra Szarabajko For instructions for authors, please go to

We look forward to receiving your submissions!


Contact Info: 

African/African American Studies program
Eastern Kentucky University 
521 Lancaster Avenue
Miller 109
Richmond Ky 40475
Phone: (859) 622-8676