Northeast African Studies

From the Editor

“As incoming editor of Northeast African Studies, I am delighted to announce that the journal resumed publication in 2010. This distinguished journal was founded and edited for more than 20 years by the late Harold Marcus, whose energy and dedication to the scholarly study of Ethiopia and its neighbors in the Horn of Africa inspired several generations of students and scholars throughout the world.

While Northeast African Studies will bring some changes in focus and format, the editors remain committed to the high standards of research, writing, and production that the original journal championed. I welcome this opportunity to serve for the next several years as General Editor and invite all those interested in advancing knowledge of the region to join me and the editorial board as we build upon the tradition that Harold began.”

—Lee V. Cassanelli, University of Pennsylvania

Current Issue

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“This issue marks the start of the 35th year of publication of Northeast African Studies. We are pleased that contributors and readers from many academic disciplines continue to view NEAS as a leading forum for sharing research and commentary on a variety of topics of historical and contemporary significance in Northeast Africa…

NEAS had its origin as Ethiopianist Notes (1977–79), and while scholarship from and on Ethiopia continues to fill a substantial proportion of our pages, we believe that NEAS has lived up to its title as a publication committed to the entire region. Over the past three years alone we have published contributions on Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Djibouti, Eritrea, and the Red Sea/Indian Ocean arena. Going forward, we envision Northeast African Studies as a journal which not only keeps its readers informed of research on all the countries in the region but which also regularly addresses issues of comparative and transnational scope.

The present issue nicely illustrates the wide range of disciplines, source materials, and subject matter covered by our contributors.”

-From the introduction to NEAS 14.1, by editors Lee V. Cassanelli, James De Lorenzi, and Tim Carmichael

Upcoming Issue Themes

  • “Transitional Justice Mechanisms in the Context of Somalia”—Somalia has been overwhelmed by protracted violent conflicts for more than two decades. As the world has witnessed, numerous gross human rights violations of massive proportions have been committed by various actors in this war torn country (UNHCR Report on Somalia 2011). Yet the literature on transitional justice has remained mostly silent on addressing the question of transitional justice mechanism(s) for Somalia. Consequently, Somalia represents an opportunity to conduct rigorous empirical research on both past and current mass human rights violations in the context of limited or failed statehood, as well as to reflect on the costs and benefits of prosecuting such violations in the context of efforts at national reconciliation in that country.
  • “Muslims and Christians in Northeast Africa: Juxtaposed Stories, Intertwined Destinies”—Against simplified notions of Muslim-Christian competition, recent works have explored the question of inter-religious encounter, differentiating among various levels of compromise while acknowledging that misunderstandings can foster dissention and arouse conflict. But situations of coexistance are marginal by nature, and interactions (through exchanges, dialogue or conflicts) occur at the limits of communities. These margins hold together the pages of a notebook in which different stories unfold. This issue presents case studies of the Christian and Muslim societies of Northeast Africa that consider how each group’s strategies of adaption reveal convergent trends, and how they evolved on parallel lines in the same regional context, with intertwined destinies.

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