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Call for proposals: (Digital) Retrospectives on Historiography from Africa: Decolonization, the African press, and the uses of knowledge

Práticas da História – Journal on Theory, Historiography and Uses of the Past

The journal Práticas da História launches a call for proposals for the publication of a special issue reflecting on contemporary epistemological possibilities and constraints in the writing of history. It welcomes both contributions that dwell on African journals (scholarly, literary, artistic and ephemeral periodicals) from the 1950s to 1980s, and on the histories behind said periodicals.

The journal looks forward to contributions that explore different and contested visions of decolonization and future-making for the African continent and its diaspora. Articles investigating differently situated historiographies from Africa as well as more nuanced takes on the "nationalist historiography" are encouraged. Articles problematizing the current conceptualisations of such historiography as either "colonial", "traditional", "radical", eurocentric", “afrocentric", "Africa-centred", and so forth, are highly welcomed. Finally, on methodology, the guest editors encourage reflections on processes of digital preservation and recirculation of historiography from Africa, including their implications for Africa-based and African diasporic knowledge production in the arts, literature, and scholarship.

Proposals (maximum 500 words) must be sent by 30 April 2024 to