Nordic Journal of African Studies - News



John Stotesbury has resigned as editor of the NJAS. All enquiries should therefore be directed to Prof. Axel Fleisch ( Please return to this page soon for further information about future issues of the NJAS.



Given the sheer range and quantity of material submitted for inclusion in the NJAS, and the almost overwhelming delays occasioned by this, the editor now considers that the best course of action to render the NJAS manageable is the following:

1. As many as possible of the articles that have been submitted especially since September 2007 will be reviewed and those accepted will appear belatedly in the journal.

2. Please note that, starting from issue 17.1 (2008), articles will be published primarily in the interrelated fields of:

This will mean a departure from the previous wider scope of the NJAS, which has included African cultural anthropology and history: it now also means a shift away from traditional cultural anthropology towards a more contemporary emphasis on African cultural studies. It is hoped that this somewhat narrower focus will enable the editor and the editorial board to ensure a better-focused and somewhat less eclectic journal, and thus also to maintain and enhance its value as an international, peer-reviewed publication. The composition of the editorial board itself will also be reviewed and new, active members recruited from within both the Nordic countries and further afield.

3. In order to help facilitate these changes, it would be greatly appreciated if those of you who have submitted articles in the past two years (and especially in the period of 2006-September 2007) and have heard nothing further could RE-SUBMIT YOUR ARTICLES if they appear to fall within the three main categories listed above. This will enable the editor to gain a clearer understanding of the range and amount of outstanding material that can be considered for publication in the issues to appear in 2008.

4. If you have already submitted articles that do not fall within these three categories, an attempt will be made (as said) to process them for inclusion in the remaining issue(s) for 2007. But wherever this proves impossible, the editor extends his thanks and also his apologies for the inconvenience undoubtedly caused in many cases. Please contact the editor if you would like to have closer information about any of these changes.


There have been a number of delays in the Editor's handling of the numerous submissions to the NJAS. While the authors of articles already submitted can rest assured that their submissions will be considered by the end of 2007, please indicate if you happen in the meantime to have submitted your material elsewhere and would in consequence wish to withdraw your submission to the NJAS.

Issue 16.3 of the NJAS will appear later than planned, by December 2007, and hopefully a fourth volume by the end of this current year.

The General Information page about the NJAS and the Instructions to Authors page have both in various small ways been revised: please consult those two pages at your convenience.



Please note that all correspondence regarding NJAS should be sent to the Editor, Prof. Axel Fleisch (


NJAS Web pages have been reconstructed. Previous articles are now available in PDF format. All future issues will also be published as PDF files. You can now search for articles using any preferred word as a search string. The work still continues and future additions include adding all previous issues of NJAS into this Web site. For any bug reports, suggestions, etc. please mail the webmaster.

The files are in Adobe Acrobat format. If your browser does not already have this pre-installed, download the required (free) plugin from here.