Publisher: GIGA (German Institute of Global and Area Studies) Institute of
Afrika spectrum, first published in 1966 by the GIGA Institute of African
Affairs (IAA) in Hamburg, is an inter-disciplinary refereed journal focusing
on social science dealing with Africa. The journal is dedicated to promote a
deeper understanding of African peoples and cultures. Therefore, it aims not
just at academics and students of African affairs, but also at general
readers and practitioners with a concern for contemporary Africa.
Since more than three decades afrika spectrum provides regularly, three
times a year, profound analyses of current issues of political, social and
economic life, culture and development in Africa south of the Sahara. It is
the only German academic journal exclusively devoted to this continent.
Since 2003 the journal collaborates closely with the Association of
Africanists in Germany (Vereinigung für Afrikawissenschaften in Deutschland,
VAD). Members of the VAD contribute in various forms to the success of the
journal, e.g. as authors or as referees in the peer review process.
The journal provides an unique possibility in the German speaking
hemisphere, for authors and readers alike, to publish and discuss their
findings in their mother tongue. Nonetheless, contributions in English or
French, notably from African countries, are also welcome. Meanwhile English
contributions constitute more than half of all contributions on average.
Regularly articles included are on varied topics, but the journal also
publishes special issues devoted to specific subjects, such as Islam in
Africa, the CFA-zone, friendship, or African political parties. Also
included are historical studies that illuminate current events in the
continent. In addition, the journal carries debates, short contributions and
book reviews. Abstracts in English and French, key words for each article,
and an annual authors, country and subject index are provided as well.
Editor / Redaktion:
Abstracts available online.
Afrika Spectrum is available free of charge as an Open Access journal on the
Current Issue: Vol. 42 (2007) 1
Date: 22 August 2007