Online submission: Articles for publication in Matatu can be submitted online through Editorial Manager. To submit an article, click here.

For more details on online submission, please visit our EM Support page.

Download Author Instructions (PDF)
Geoffrey V. Davis†
Tanaka Chidora, Goethe Universität, Germany John Njenga Karugia, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität-Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Magdalena Pfalzgraf, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
Anachiara Raia, Leiden University, the Netherlands
Aderemi Raji-Oyelade, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Frank Schulze–Engler, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität- Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Clarissa Vierke, Universität Bayreuth, Germany
Academic Search Alumni Edition
Academic Search Complete
Academic Search Elite
Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Ultimate
IBZ - Internationale Bibliographie der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur
International Index to Black Periodicals, 2003-
Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur
Linguistics Abstracts Online
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (Online), Selective
MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
Poetry & Short Story Reference Center, 10/1/2004-
Political Science Complete, 10/1/2004-


Journal for African Culture and Society

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.

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

  • Print Only €306.00$373.00
  • Print + Online €334.00$407.00
  • Online only €278.00$339.00
  • For further information, contact your sales manager

Latest Issue

Author: Paul Onanuga
Free access
Towards a Transregional Polylogue
Restricted Access
Route and World on an Indian Ocean Dhow
Restricted Access
The East African Experience
Author: Villoo Nowrojee
Restricted Access
Narratives of a Century of Repatriation (1871–1975)
Values across the Ocean: 1916–1963
Restricted Access
Reinforcing Democracy in South Africa through Gandhi and His Legacy
Restricted Access
Transregional Imaginaries in Biyi Bandele’s Burma Boy
Pheroze Nowrojee’s Journey into Kenyan Landscapes
Restricted Access
Exploring Identity and Identification in M.G. Vassanji’s Writing
A Reflection
Author: J.K.S. Makokha
Author: Delphine Munos
A Conversation with Neera Kapur-Dromson
Restricted Access