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 BPN Newsletter Issue No 31, November 2002 


Africa Review of Books

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) has announced arrangements for the publication of the Africa Review of Books. For CODESRIA, the project dates back more than a decade and grew out of a felt need, expressed by members of the African academic community, to produce a publication of high scholarly standing that would be a useful resource for all those who are actively engaged in research in and on Africa.

The Review is designed to:
• serve, in a broad sense, as a multi-disciplinary forum for critical analyses, discussion and debate about Africa, both historically and contemporaneously;
• bring to the attention of the scholarly community works of significance which are published within Africa and which might otherwise be lost for lack of proper dissemination;
• undertake a regular assessment of major works published on Africa outside the continent;
• produce short state-of-the-art commentaries on concepts, methodology and trends in the study of Africa and African affairs; and
• take regular stock of the evolution of the various disciplines and what this implies for the study of Africa.

The Review will be a bi-annual publication in English and French with an initial print run of 2500 copies per edition. The Council is currently looking at proposals from African social science research institutions willing to host the editorial office of the publication.

In line with CODESRIA's Charter-mandate of strengthening the institutional basis of knowledge production in Africa, the Review will be located within an African institution actively involved in social research. In this connection, institutions which are interested in hosting the Review on behalf of the Council and the African social research community have been invited to submit proposals on the modalities they would employ for the management and production of the publication. The proposals were due on 1st November 2002.

For more information about the project and the selection procedure, contact

The Executive Secretary,
CODESRIA, P.O. Box 3304, Dakar, Senegal.
+221-825 98 22/23 (tel); +221 824 12 89 (fax)
Email:; or;

[BPN no 31, 2002, p. 14.]

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