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Editors-in-Chief
Tanaka Chidora, University of Malawi, Malawi, and University of the Free State, South Africa
Pauline Mateveke Kazembe, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe
Magdalena Pfalzgraf, University of Bonn, Germany
Aderemi Raji-Oyelade, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Frank Schulze–Engler, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Alex Nelungo Wanjala, University of Nairobi, Kenya

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Silvia Anastasijevic, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Associate Editors
Bibi Burger, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Stephen Boluwaduro, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Sam Dennis Otieno, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Nneoma Otuegbe, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Serah Namulisa Kasembeli, Mzuzu University and Dr Kasembeli Research Centre, Malawi
Forthcoming Special Issue of Matatu - Journal of African Culture and Society: Against Decolonisation? Critical Approaches to Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò. Please find more information and submission information in this Call for Papers. Abstracts are due before 01 February 2024. Final articles are due by 01 October 2024.

Forthcoming Special Issue of Matatu - Journal of African Culture and Society: Blue stories: Indian Ocean Narratives and Cultures of Trauma and Healing. Please find more information and submission information in this Call for Abstracts. Abstracts are due by 15 February 2023.

Forthcoming Special Issue of Matatu - Journal of African Culture and Society: ‘Africa in Europe, Europe in Africa’: Transcultural Histories in African Anglophone Literature and Media. Please find more information and submission information in this Call for Papers. Abstracts are due before 15 January 2024. Final articles are due by 15 July 2024.
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Our editorial team is putting together three special issues on the following topics: Against Decolonisation? Critical approaches to Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò; 'Africa in Europe, Europe in Africa': Transcultural Histories in African Anglophone Literature and Media; and Blue Stories: Indian Ocean Narratives and Cultures of Trauma and Healing. Please find more information and submission information in the Call for Papers tab below.

Matatu is a peer-reviewed journal on African literatures and societies dedicated to interdisciplinary dialogue between literary and cultural studies, historiography, the social sciences, and cultural anthropology.

Matatu is animated by a lively interest in African culture and literature (including the Afro-Caribbean) that moves beyond worn-out clichés of “cultural authenticity” and “national liberation” towards critical exploration of African modernities. The East African public transport vehicle from which Matatu takes its name is both a component and a symbol of these modernities: based on “Western” (these days usually "Asian") technology, it is a vigorously African institution; it is usually regarded with some anxiety by those travelling in it, but is often enough the only means of transport available; it creates temporary communicative communities and provides a transient site for the exchange of news, storytelling, and political debate.

Matatu is firmly committed to supporting democratic change in Africa, to providing a forum for interchanges between African and European critical debates, to overcoming notions of absolute cultural, ethnic, or religious alterity, and to promoting transnational discussion on the future of African societies in a wider world.

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Matatu was published as book series until the end of 2015. All back volumes are still available in print.

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