Call for Paper: Revising the History of African Women

A call for a special-issue: Revising the History of African Women. The issue will be guest-edited by Malika Boussoualim.

Deadline: June 30, 2017
Submit your paper directly to Malika Boussoualim at m_boussoualim at yahoo.com.


We seek articles (5,000 to 6,250 words) and review essays (on books, film, video, websites, etc. 1,000 to 1,500 words).

Much of women’s history in Africa and in the African diaspora is forgotten; women’s lived reality has been distorted in different accounts about it. Attempts to rewrite history have been undertaken by many historians, writers, and scholars, but much of what has been written risks the effacement of women’s reality. African scholars as Marnia Lazreg, Oyèrónké Oyěwùmí, and Nkiru Uwechia Nzegwu have challenged the misappropriation of African women’s experiences to serve imperialist aims. They warned against the reiteration of discourses of victimization of African womanhood or the exaggeration of their roles, which thwart us from seeing real women, their real struggles and achievements, as they prevent us from dealing with issues of responsibility for failures.

Continuing the efforts of these scholars, this special issue is focused on two objectives: writing what would unveil the occulted against forgetfulness and the critical evaluation of what has been written. This special issue invites papers on a wide array of topics related to the revision of African women’s past.

Possible topics for papers:

Articles/reviews may address but not be limited to the following topics:

African women’s representation in literature, in film and cinema
African women in historical accounts
African women in feminist (western, western-oriented, postcolonial) discourses
African women and scholarship
African women in their societies (their positions and their roles)
Gender relations in African societies

Send submissions or inquiries in MS Word or Rich Text format to: m_boussoualim at yahoo.com. Author(s) name and contact information should be included on a SEPARATE page. All submissions will be acknowledged via email. Kindly contact the guest-editor via email if you do not receive an acknowledgement of your submission.