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Leeds African Studies Bulletin

Leeds African Studies Bulletin, October 1964

The first edition of the Leeds African Studies Bulletin, October 1964.

The Leeds African Studies Bulletin is published annually by the Leeds University Centre for African Studies (LUCAS). Founded in 1964, it has published pieces by many distinguished African writers and Africanist scholars over the years, including Wole Soyinka, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Jack Mapanje, James Currey, Morris Szeftel, Michael Barratt Brown, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Martin Banham, the late Lionel Cliffe, Raymond Bush, Femi Osofisan, James Gibbs and Jane Plastow. Since 2020, the Bulletin is an online-only publication.

We welcome new submissions to be considered, in the following categories:

  • Studying Africa - discussion of topical, conceptual and methodological issues in African studies
  • Analysing Africa - commentary on, and analysis of current affairs and topical issues in Africa
  • Imagining Africa - reflection on a photo/image that captures a particular African reality or subject
  • Reading Africa - reviews or discussions of major publications (scholarly or literary) relevant to African studies
  • Remembering Africa - tributes and obituaries for prominent individuals in Africa and African studies

Submissions can have varying word counts, from 800-1000 words (for book reviews and short commentary pieces) to 3000-4,000 words for articles and essays.  An author guide is available here with information on format and referencing.  Please send your submission as a Word file to

Back issues of the Leeds African Studies Bulletin are available online below. Hard copies of the Bulletin (up to 2018/19) are available to view in the Brotherton Library (Special Collections) and also there is a run of recent copies available to view at The Leeds Library.