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Journal Information

  • ISSN: 0740-9133
  • eISSN: 1535-6574
  • Frequency: Biannual


Northeast African Studies (NEAS) is a biannual interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that publishes high-quality original research in the social sciences and the humanities on the Horn of Africa and its neighbors. The region covers primarily Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti, and Somalia/Somaliland. We welcome submissions from a range of academic disciplines including history, anthropology, political science, sociology, religion, environmental studies, literature, and the arts. NEAS editors seek contributions that rethink established debates and paradigms in the field, that address issues with comparative implications for scholars working in other parts of the world, or that draw on new source materials and disciplinary methodologies. We are highly interested in studies adopting transnational, transregional, and comparative perspectives as well as a regional approach to Northeast Africa that transcends the conventional borders of individual countries. Studies that explore the region’s broader interactions with the Red Sea and Indian Ocean areas, the adjacent Arabian Peninsula, relevant Trans-Saharan connections, or that converse with global history approaches are particularly welcome.

NEAS also publishes scholarly reviews of current books in the field. Periodically, the editors commission guest-editors or solicit proposals for special issues on specific themes.

We invite submission of article-length manuscripts accompanied by an abstract not exceeding 150 words.

Editorial Board


General Editor —Jonathan Miran, Western Washington University
Book Review Editor — Matteo Salvadore, American University of Sharjah

Editorial Board

Belete Bizuneh, Addis Ababa University
Lee V. Cassanelli, University of Pennsylvania
James De Lorenzi, CUNY John Jay College
Elizabeth Wolde Giorgis, Addis Ababa University
Gebru Tareke, Hobart & William Smith Colleges
Alessandro Gori, University of Copenhagen
Ali Moussa Iye, UNESCO
Heather J. Sharkey, University of Pennsylvania
Ahmad Sikainga, Ohio State University
Jay Spaulding, Kean University
Irma Taddia, Università degli Studi di Bologna
Uoldelul Chelati Dirar, Università degli Studi di Macerata

Submission Information



This distinguished journal seeks to publish scholarly articles on all aspects of Northeast African studies, including but not limited to works in the social sciences and humanities. We particularly welcome contributions that rethink established debates and paradigms in the field, that address issues with comparative implications for scholars working in other parts of the world, or that draw upon new or underutilized source materials and disciplinary methodologies.

We consider Northeast Africa to include the Nile Valley, the Red Sea, and the lands adjacent to both, and so invite articles on patterns and processes that characterize the region as a whole. We hope to make Northeast African Studies a “must-read” journal not only for other area specialists but also for those engaged in comparative and transnational studies.

We will actively encourage submissions from Africa-based researchers, as well as papers based on collaborative research by African and overseas scholars.

For a detailed guide to NEAS style, please see the in-depth NEAS Style Guidelines.

For a detailed guide to the journal’s standards for book reviews, please consult NEAS Book Review Guidelines.

Articles accepted for publication cannot go to print without a signed publishing agreement:

Calls for Papers

Call for Special Issues 2020

At this time we are calling for proposals for special issues to appear in 2021 and 2022. A special issue can include anywhere between four and ten single articles focusing on a specific theme.

Possible issue themes include, but are not limited to

Women, gender, history, and politics in Northeast Africa Biographical trajectories between microhistory and global history in the Red Sea/Gulf of Aden Connected histories of Northeast Africa and South Asia Pilgrimage and Northeast Africa/Red Sea area: local, regional, global (Mecca, Jerusalem, local sites) Jews in Northeast Africa and the Red Sea region (travelers, traders, entrepreneurs) The Ottoman Empire and Northeast Africa/the Red Sea area Imperial trajectories in/and Northeast Africa in the early modern and modern eras West Africa – Northeast Africa Trans-Saharan connections (trade, pilgrims, Sufi networks) Islamic education and the transmission of Islamic knowledge in Northeast Africa New sources for the study of Islam and Muslims in the Horn of Africa Commodity chains and translocal histories (coffee, textiles, marine products) The Red Sea region as a source of ‘religious commodities’: frankincense, mother-of-pearl, coffee Histories of Red Sea marine products and industries (pearls, mother-of-pearl, trochus, sea cucumbers, salt) New visual cultures in Northeast Africa Intellectual networks, scholarly traditions, knowledge production and transmission Cartographic Northeast Africa: maps, spaces, histories, politics Harari history, religion, culture Slavery and the slave trades in Northeast Africa/the Red Sea area Representations of the Horn of Africa in literature and film Diasporic communities in Northeast Africa (South Asians, Arabs, Armenians, Greeks) Entangled histories of Northeast Africa and Yemen Piracy, smuggling, contraband and other illicit mobilities/circulations.

We invite potential guest editors to submit a proposal (300-400 words) to NEAS editor, Jonathan Miran (, by March 15, 2020.