deadline for submissions: 
April 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Africology: Journal of Pan African Studies
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Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies (formerly The Journal of Pan African Studies; JPAS), a trans-disciplinary on-line multilingual peer reviewed open-access scholarly journal devoted to the intellectual synthesis of research, scholarship and critical thought on the African experience around the world, is seeking contributions for a special edition focused on “Black Popular Culture,” those aspects of culture by people of African heritage in all parts of the world that engender joy, pleasure, enjoyment, and amusement and that are expressed through formulas and genres (

Our special issue aims to examine the current state of Black popular culture. With Marvel Comics’s recent release of Black director Ryan Coogler’s live-action superhero film Black Panther, the presence of non-American Black actors and actresses in American Hollywood films, e.g., John Boyega, Idris Elba, Daniel Kaluuya, and Lupita Nyong’o, Black creator Kenya Barris’ situation comedy Blackish, and Latino Bruno Mars’ 2018 Grammys for Best R & B performance, Best R & B song, and Best R & B album one cannot help but ask Stuart Hall’s question from 1991: What is this “Black” in Black popular culture? In 1997, Todd Boyd explored how “ghetto life” connected to the politics of popular culture, Mark Anthony Neal used a “post-soul aesthetic” framework to interrogate Black popular culture products since the end of the civil rights and Black power movements in 2002, and Richard Iton in 2008 identified the ways Black popular cultural products worked in, within, and/or around “formal and informal politics.” In what ways does Black popular culture connect to these past studies? Karin Barber’s 2018 A History of African Popular Culture provides good ground for the study of popular culture of Africa south of the Sahara. In general, what role does the intersectionality of identities play in Black popular culture, e.g., age, race, gender, sexuality, class, religion, nation, region? Contributions may address a broad range of topics, e.g., historical, contemporary, and/or emerging artifacts and practices of Black popular culture. We welcome academic essays as well as images and interviews. All relevant topics and subtopics will be considered for this edition.   


A:JPAS is published four times a year in March, June, September, and December, with occasional supplemental special editions to accommodate specific topics or themes. 

Afrifactor Participant:

A:JPAS is a member of “The Task Force for Measuring Impact in Africology” to implement an Afrifactor (an article/journal citation tracker that can monitor author contributions and journal ranking and qualitative metrics specific to Africology) for journals and academic units engaged in Africology, and thus supports its “Black Paper 101” via:


A:JPAS is indexed via Academic OneFile (audio availability), EBSCO, Google Scholar, International Index to Black Periodicals, Literature Resource Center, ProQuest, Social Sciences Full Text (WilsonWeb), Thompson Gale, World History Collection, etc.


A:JPAS seeks to use an affirmative African centered logic and language of liberation, therefore, we have decided not to use the term “tribe” or slaves in reference to the African experience. We ask that all contributors acknowledge this policy before submitting content. Hence, the preferred alternative terms and concepts include “ethnic group” and “the enslaved.” Second, in regards to the use of the word black, when it is used to indicate people of African heritage, we recommend that it be capitalized. In regards to describing Africa, the now popular “sub-Saharan Africa” designation is discouraged; thus, our preferred description is “Africa south of the Sahara desert” or simply, “Africa south of the Sahara.”

Publishing Language:

The major publishing language of A:JPAS is English. However, contributions in languages other than English are acceptable when also presented in English.


All contributions must address the guest editor of the special edition, Dr. Angela Nelson (, via a cover letter stating: your name, current public affiliation, location, e-mail address, the title of your contribution, the originality of your contribution, that your contribution is not under consideration anywhere, and that you wish to publish in Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies. Thereafter, contributors must submit their contribution to the guest editor, Dr. Angela Nelson (, in MS Word in a Times New Roman 12 typeface via an attachment in an e-mail (etiquette: avoid capitalizing every word in the subject line). The entire work should not exceed 25 double-spaced pages with a concise title, abstract, and current standard citations and references. Within the contribution, do not include page numbers or the title of your contribution on each page; all graphics (charts, tables, photos, etc.) must fit our page measurements; only use endnotes in your contribution (not footnotes), a list of references are needed for each contribution, and in regards to style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.), use the style most relevant to your area of study/research. 

Dates and Deadlines:

Please send your 300-500 word abstract (including your name, organizational/departmental affiliation, email address, title of contribution) in MS Word in a Times New Roman 12 typeface via an attachment in an e-mail on or before April 30, 2018, to Dr. Angela Nelson ( Notification of the acceptance of abstracts will occur on or before May 15, 2018. Full papers are due on July 30, 2018. Papers will then be submitted for peer review and will be returned to authors on or before September 17, 2018, for any necessary revisions.