African Studies Quarterly

African Studies Quarterly African Studies Quarterly is a publication of the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida ISSN 215-2448 (ONLINE) Journal metadata

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  • Aims and scope

    ASQ is an interdisciplinary, fully refereed, online journal dedicated to publishing the finest scholarship relating to the African continent. ASQ invites the submission of original manuscripts on a full range of topics related to Africa in all disciplines. As an electronic journal, we welcome submissions that are of a time-sensitive nature.

  • Profile

    African Studies Quarterly is a publication of the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida. All materials contained within the journal are expressly copyrighted by the University of Florida Board of Trustees, a public corporation of the State of Florida. Permission is hereby granted for individuals to download articles from the journal for their own personal use, as long as this statement accompanies all materials. Opinions herein are those of the authors solely and do not reflect the views of ASQ, the University of Florida Board of Trustees or the State of Florida.

  • Indexing

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  • Editors

    Executive Staff

    R. Hunt Davis, Jr. - Editor-in-Chief
    Todd H. Leedy - Associate Editor
    Shylock Muyengwa - Managing Editor
    Corinna Greene - Production Editor
    Tosiron Adegbija - Associate Production Editor

    Editorial Committee

    Maia Bass
    Graduate Student, Department of Anthroplogy
    Leif Jackson Bullock
    Graduate Student, History Department
    Erin Bunting
    PhD Candidate, Department of Geography
    Nicole C. D'Errico
    Graduate Student, Medical Anthropology and Epidemiology
    Cerian Gibbes
    PhD Candidate, Department of Geography

    Emily Hauser
    PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

    Claudia Hoffmann
    PhD Student, Department of English

    Bothepha Mosetlhi
    PhD Candidate, School of Natural Resources and Environment
    Nic Knowlton
    PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science
    Ashley Leinweber
    PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science
    Micah McCrary
    JD and Masters in Development Program
    Chesney McOmber
    PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science
    Asmeret G. Mehari
    PhD Candidate, Anthropology
    Jessica Morey
    PhD Student, History
    Patricia Chilufya Mupeta
    PhD candidate, School of Natural Resources and Environment
    Levy Odera
    PhD Student, Department of Political Science
    Levi C. Ofoe
    Graduate Student, College of Public Health and Health Professions
    McKenzie Moon Ryan
    PhD Candidate, Department of Art History
    Noah Isaiah Sims
    Graduate Student (PhD Program), Department of Anthropology
    Erik Timmons
    PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology
    Mandy Weibel
    PhD Student, Department of History
    Carrie Vath
    Graduate Student, School of Natural Resources and Environment/ Biology

    Advisory Board

    Adélékè Adéèko
    Ohio State University
    Timothy Ajani
    Fayetteville State University
    Abubakar Alhassan
    University of Idaho
    John W. Arthur
    University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
    Nanette Barkey
    University of Iowa
    Susan Cooksey
    University of Florida
    Mark Davidheiser
    Nova Southeastern University
    Kristin Davis
    International Food Policy Research Institute
    Parakh Hoon
    Virginia Tech
    Andrew Lepp
    Kent State University
    Richard Marcus
    California State University, Long Beach
    Kelli Moore
    James Madison University
    James T. Murphy
    Clark University
    Lilian Temu Osaki
    University of Dar es Salaam
    Dianne White Oyler
    Fayetteville State University
    Alex Rödlach
    Creighton University
    Jan Shetler
    Goshen College
    Roos Willems
    Catholic University of Leuven
    Peter VonDoepp
    University of Vermont

  • Guide to authors

    Articles should include a brief (300 words or less) abstract, and a short biography (100 words or less) with author's full name, title, current affiliation, and a brief description of recent work. Receipt of all submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail.

    Articles can be submitted in MSWord or Rich Text Format. Manuscripts should be typed in Arial 12 point font, with double-line spacing. Wherever possible, correspondence will be done using email.

    Submissions accepted for consideration will be evaluated anonymously by at least two external reviewers. ASQ expects that the content of all manuscripts to be original and the article not to have been accepted for publication elsewhere.

    The final publication depends on the quality of the manuscript, the associated peer review process, and the number of manuscripts which have already been accepted. The journal will attempt to publish manuscripts no later than six months after submission.


    Authors are asked to strictly limit their use of underlining and bolding. Please keep tables and graphs to a minimum. If such items are essential, they must be sent grayscale (black and white) in .gif or .jpg format as separate files. Please indicate placement preference by using the notation: [insert table 1.gif here]. The editorial staff reserves the right to determine inclusion or to change the size or placement of all graphics.

    All articles should have page numbering, and there should be no section breaks.

    Endnote Style

    We require the use of endnotes not parenthetical citations. There should be only one endnote per sentence, therefore all references in one sentence should be consolidated into one endnote and placed properly at the end of that sentence. An endnote consists of two linked parts, the number mark in the text and the corresponding note at the end of the text. All endnotes must be inserted automatically as generated by a word processor program such as Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, etc.



    While the women’s movement in Botswana was by the turn of the century having a growing influence with the government and, more broadly, society as a whole, Agnes Leslie suggests that “the women’s ‘success’ may be more symbolic than real.” 1


    1. Leslie 2006, p. 139.

    Reference Style


    Leslie, Agnes Ngoma. 2006. Social Movements and Democracy in Africa: the Impact of Women’s Struggle for   Equal Rights in Botswana. New York and London: Routledge.
    BOOK (Single author)

    Brenda Chalfin. 2004. Republic: State Power, Global Markets, and the Making of an Indigenous Commodity. New York: New York: Routledge.

    BOOK (three  or more authors)

    Hyden, Goran, et al. 2002. Media and Democracy in Africa. NJ.: Transaction Publishers.


    White, Luise. 1997. "Cars Out of Place: Vampires, Technology, and Labor in East and Central Africa.” In Frederick Cooper and Ann Laura Stoler (eds.), Tensions of Empire: Colonial Cultures in a Burgeois World (Berkerly: University of California Press): 436-60.

    Amoko, Apollo. "The Resemblance of Colonial Mimicry: A Revisionary Reading of Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s The River Between." Research in African Literatures  36.1: 34-50.

    Africa News, 7 December 1992, p.5.

    Nossiter, Adam. 2010.  "Ivory Coast Standoff Leads to Fears of Violence." New York Times,  6 December: A10.
    UNPUBLISHED MATERIAL (theses, dissertations, and other works)

    Mapunda, Beetram Baltasar. 1995. "An Archaeological View of the History and Variation of Ironworking in Southwestern Tanzania"  Ph.D. dissertation., University of Florida.

    Moyd, Michelle R. 1996. "Language and Power: Africans, Europeans, and Language Policy in German Colonial Tanganyika." Master's thesis, University of Florida.

    Smouse, Mantoa Rose. 2006. “Language and the Politics of Inequality in South Africa: The Case of the Western Cape.” Presented at the University of Florida Center for African Studies Gwendolen M. Carter Conference “Law, Politics, Culture, and Society in South Africa: The Politics of Inequality Then and Now” (Gainesville, Florida).  


    (When no publication facts are to be found, the abbreviations n.p., n.d. may be used.)

    Union of South Africa. Department of Information. n.d. “The Transkei: Emancipation without Chaos.”  


    Interviews are best cited in text or notes. It is not necessary to include them in a bibliography, but if they are listed, the entries should follow a form similar to below:

    Lemarchand, René. 2004. Transcript: Interview by Jennifer Ludden. Discussion re: the continuing violence in Central Africa between the Hutu and Tutsi. Weekend Edition (National Public Radio), 15 August.  

    Jangano, Rishon. 1998. Personal interview, Nyakatsapa Mission, Zimbabwe. 23 April (transcripts in author’s possession).


    Haydon, Edwin Scott. 1960. Law and Justice in Buganda. Butterworth's African Law Series, no. 2. London: Butterworth. Microfilm. East Lansing: Michigan State University Libraries, 1996.

    Robinson, David. 1997. Review of Islamic Society and State Power in Senegal: Disciples and Citizens in Fatick by Leonardo Villalon. International Journal of Middle East Studies 29.1: 134-35.

    U.S. House of Representatives. 2010. Committee on Foreign Affairs. Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health. “Zimbabwe: From Crisis to Renewal.” 2 December.

    U.S. Senate. 1977. Committee on Foreign Relations. Subcommittee on African Affairs. “South Africa, U.S. Policy and the Role of U.S. Corporations.” Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office.


    United Nations Security Council. 2010. Thirty-first Report of the Secretary-General on the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 30 March 2010. S/2010/164. S/2010/164.

    United States Senate. 1976. Committee on Foreign Relations. U.S. Policy toward Africa: Report to Accompany S. Res. 436. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office.

    South Africa. 1953. “Bantu Education Act.” Act No. 47. Government of South Africa.


    National Archives of Zimbabwe file AOH/32: Testimony of Chief Marufu Chikwakwa (February 1978) 30. United Methodist Church Archives, Lulu Tubbs Papers 1079-6-2:03-04: L. Tubbs, “The Record of a Great and Useful Life.” n.d., 1.


    Where the original source is available in another form, the pertinent publication information needs to be provided along with the URL used as a reference; where it is available only as an internet-based source, then the entry should follow a form similar to below:

    Austin, Kathy L. 2010. Panel Discussant on WIDE ANGLE Program “The Changing Face of War.” PBS Video: 2 January. interactives-extras/audio-and-video/women-war-peace-video-the-changing-face-of-war/4115/.

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