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In: Old World: Journal of Ancient Africa and Eurasia
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Old World publishes contributions in all the humanities which deal with different aspects of the African and Eurasian past. It aims to enrich the academic discourse by promoting high-quality research that moves beyond the conventional Eurocentric paradigms. To achieve this goal, Old World particularly endorses two methodological approaches. On the one hand, the journal is interested in contributions that examine Africa and Eurasia as a networked space, prioritizing connections and exchange over the geographically constrained studies related to political and cultural 'centres' in the past or present. On the other, the journal encourages authors to creatively incorporate into their research elements of ontological frameworks and insightful concepts from the cultures of their study.

Old World's emphasis on the study of premodern Africa and Eurasia as a networked space takes methodological inspiration from the Global History approach, which views the world in the past as an inter-connected area, without imposing on it the perspective of Western Europe or other hegemonistic areas. The editors of Old World believe that the insights of Global History apply to a broader range of disciplines, and they encourage authors to focus on the connections and exchange in their studies of such fields as Art History, Philosophy, Archaeology, Linguistics, and Literature. By encouraging the creative use of premodern ontological systems, Old World aims to overcome some of the constraints related to the imposition of the Eurocentric discourse on the study of historical societies. The ontological and terminological systems employed in premodern sources may reflect a more adequate way of explaining the realities of the time than what can be achieved using the conventional academic vocabulary. Therefore, Old World welcomes contributions that thoroughly examine and explain useful concepts from premodern cultures and adopt them as an analytical tool, and not merely as an object of study. Such concepts can be used to elucidate the societies where they had been conceived, as well as to explain realities of other regions and historical periods.

- OW is an Open Access journal, fully-funded by the Research Centre For History and Culture (RCHC).
- OW is only published in a digital format.
- Submissions by both eminent and young scholars are welcome.
- Authors are encouraged to write concisely. Ideally, submitted articles should be below 10,000 words without bibliography. Except special cases, such as review articles covering a broad range of primary and secondary sources, articles should not exceed 12,000 words.
- Submissions may regard any aspects of the Old World: linguistics, history, archeology, art and architecture, philology, literature, philosophy, religion, economy, sociology, anthropology, etc.
- Submissions may regard any civilizations of Africa, Asia, and Europe, developed between prehistory and the 15th century AD, that is, the fall of the Eastern Roman Empire.
- OW also takes into consideration studies of oral literature, such as proverbs and folklore, as well as field work on endangered languages, which represent the legacy of ancient traditions verbally transmitted from generation to generation.
- Scholarly reviews are welcome as well.
- Special issues may be considered for publication.
- Articles must present original work and must have been submitted exclusively to OW.

Peer Review Policy: All articles published in Old World undergo a double-blind peer review process. This includes articles published in special issues.


The journal is published continuously. Once an article has been approved for publication by the editors, it is published immediately.
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