Review of Books
Review of Books (ARB) is a publication of the
Council for the
Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). It is managed by
the Forum for Social Studies of Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) in collaboration with the
Centre for Research in Social and Cultural Anthropology based in Oran (Algeria).
arose out of the need to provide a multidisciplinary forum for the critical
discussion of African books and African issues. It is intended to bring to the
attention of a wider audience books published by young and promising scholars as
well as seminal works by established academics and writers. It proposes to give
prominence to the African voice that has been barely audible in the discussion
of books on Africa and to dispel the Afro-pessimism that has become prevalent in
some Western circles.
Above all, it
aspires to bring to the attention of a wider reading audience works that are
published in Africa but are not sufficiently disseminated. It is hoped that the
Review will serve not only as a gauge of trends in the study of Africa but also
as a pace-setter for an all-round improvement in standards and quality.
With a view
to transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries, ARB features reviews
and essays on art, literature, theatre, film and the media, as well as on the
standard disciplines in the social sciences broadly defined. ARB solicits
and accepts reviews, review articles and essays on African issues of crucial
well-established Reviews, ARB appears in tabloid format. While the main
mode of distribution will be in print, an electronic version of each issue will
be posted on the CODESRIA website www.codesria.org.
ARB is designed as a biannual publication. It is hoped that eventually it
will be issued on a quarterly basis.
bi-lingual review (English and French), ARB has two editorial groups:
contributions in French are edited by a team based at the Centre for Research in
Social and Cultural Anthropology, whereas the Forum for Social Studies, which
provides overall editorial leadership, has designated a team for editing English
contributions. Their work is monitored by an International Advisory Board,
which is composed of high-profile African academics and writers.
appearance of ARB has been an event eagerly awaited by the CODESRIA
constituency as well as all those who are committed to the advancement of
African studies. Following is a sample of the endorsements given on the occasion
of the publication of the maiden issue of ARB:
CODESRIA's new initiative, the
Africa Review of Books. …As a mirror of
African science and culture and as an instrument serving African solidarity,
union and integration, this publication looks set to become a lively forum of
dialogue among Africans as well as between Africans and the rest of the world.
Director General, UNESCO
At its best a Review of
Books is a procession of great ideas in print, a stream of literary thought.
CODESRIA is to be congratulated on a major initiative.
Ali A. Mazrui
Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities
Director, Institute of Global Cultural Studies
State University of New York, Binghamton
projet de publication d’une Revue africaine de Livres …est
une initiative dont je voudrais saluer
l’opportunité et l’utilité dans l’histoire de la publication universitaire.
Offrir aux lecteurs de toutes origines le privilège de disposer de
comptes-rendus critiques de livres écrits sur l’Afrique, ainsi qu’un espace de
débats multidisciplinaires, ambition ne peut être plus noble pour combler
l’important déficit en matière de production et de diffusion de la connaissance
Professor Abdel Kader BOYE
Recteur, Président de l'Assemblée de L'Université
Cheikh Anta DIOP de Dakar
The appearance of
the Africa Review of Books
will represent an important milestone in our collective efforts to advance
the process of acquiring sovereignty in the production and reproduction of
knowledge in Africa. It
will strengthen our ability to effectively focus on literature generated in
Africa, dealing with Africa with primarily an African audience in mind.
Professor Kwesi Prah
Director, The Centre for Advanced Studies of
African Society (CASAS)
Cape Town, South Africa
information on the Africa Review of Books,
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Africa Review of Books
Forum for Social Studies
P.O. Box 25864 code 1000
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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