Journal of African History, Politics and Society
(Centre of African Studies, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen)
Beyond borders in the Horn of Africa
Call for papers for the inaugural issue (deadline: 30
Journal of African History, Politics, and Society (JAHPS) is a peer-reviewed, bi-annual (open access)journal, published by the Centre of African Studies, Faculty of Philosophy and Art, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
The first issue of JAHPS will be dedicated to the Horn of Africa. The Greater Horn of Africa (which is understood here as encompassing the countries of Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti and Eritrea) is one of the most dynamic regions in Africa historically, and has been shaped by a wide range of internal and external forces. Borders area major factor of controversy in the history of the Horn. Border creation and maintenance have been some of its most recent issues (Eritrea, Somaliland, South Sudan, etc.). Also, ethnic borders and similar borders of identity have been in flux over the last decades and continue to be so. Similarly, academic borders have been established and brought down again. Nonetheless, the academic writing about the region has been characterized by certain trends:
More often than not the state (or state failure in the case of Somalia) is the point of departure for any political analysis in the region, while many cultural, historical, and societal factors (and especially their interdependence)are downplayed. For its first issue JAHPS invites papers that challenge the established academic thinking. Why do borders matter? How are they conceptualized and constructed, both locally and academically?
How far the analyses in terms of borders remain pertinent in the study of political dynamics in the Horn? Why is the concept of border often problematic? What does the idea of border suggest when looking from the HoA? One of the basic questions of the special issue is how people participate and shape territorial/political/social/ethnic/national/mental borders. We are looking for fresh approaches, critical reviews and analyses
-Contested ethnic and religious borders
-Borders and boundaries of institutions
-Borders and boundaries of citizenship and citizenship studies
-Changing borders and changing trends in border(land)studies
-The Horn of Africa beyond the national state/territory perspective
-Transborder economic relations and networks
-The changing role
and social perception of borders
Please submit articles at
; the deadline for submissions is October 30, 2013.
After October 30 the journal will move to an Open Journal System.
For guidelines for authors, see
Centre of African Studies
Department of History
University of West Bohemia
Tylova 18 Plzen
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