Azania – Call for papers

Dear Colleagues,
The following call for papers may be of interest to you.
Please respond directly to the coordinator.
Thank you.


Dear Colleagues,

Please find below a call for papers which I hope that you will consider.

If you are interested and will definitely have the time to write the paper, please submit your proposed title and an abstract to myself by the end of the first week of September ( I will collate the submissions and pass them plus my recommendations on to the Azania editorial board for their final decision. I will notify everyone at the appropriate time afterwards as to which have been accepted. The deadline for the submission of the accepted papers will be the end of May 2019 in order to give time for peer review. The special issue is slated to come out March 2020.

Theme: Sudan Beyond Nubia
Journal: Azania

14 years on from David Edwards stating that a “new ‘Sudanese’ archaeology is struggling to emerge [as] it has traditionally tended to be quite introspective and isolated from archaeologies elsewhere, not least from other fields of African archaeology”, the situation has marginally improved but serious deficiencies remain. As before, there has been little engagement by archaeologists working in the Middle Nile Valley with broader African archaeology, with those few doing so the exception rather than the rule. There has been a shift in focus from major sites to encompass a broader range of themes such as the UCL Qatar metallurgy mission at Meroe and numerous other projects further north, the potential contribution of Sudan to African archaeology is largely ignored. Nubian archaeology remains an adjunct to Egyptology in universities. However, there has been much archaeological work undertaken in the Sudan and the surrounds outside of the “protohistoric” Nubian kingdoms (Kerma ca. 2500 – 1500 BC, Napatan state ca. 800 – 300 BC and the Meroitic state ca. 300 BC – AD 350). This is a call for papers examining sites and areas in any of these three periods. The remit is that the site or area has to either be within the boundaries of modern-day Sudan or South Sudan, or bordering them. For sites bordering one of these states but not under direct political control, this call offers an opportunity to turn archaeology of the frontier or periphery on its head and examine the lives and interactions of these communities in their own right.

(Dr) Michael Brass
Honorary Research Associate
Institute of Archaeology
University College London