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Journal of Cultural Studies
J Cult Stud

ISSN: 1595-0956.

The Journal of Cultural Studies was established in 1999 as an independent tool for research development in Africa. It is published by the Nigerian Group for the Study of African Cultures (NIGSAC), a non-profit organisation which focuses on cultural and development issues in Africa. The journal aims to explore the varied socio-cultural experiences of the African peoples through various academic disciplines. Contrary to the present state where the bulk of research materials on Africa is situated in Europe and North America, it seeks to raise the African consciousness to look inward, even where reference is still made to the available knowledge in the West. It is committed primarily to the promotion of knowledge production and transmission in Africa. Articles for publication in the journal are always subject to peer-review. Though the editorial board is drawn largely from Nigerian universities, the review of articles for publication involves academics from various universities and research institutions within Africa and beyond. From 2001, the journal will be published twice annually, in March and July. It is currently housed in the Department of English, Ogun State University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria. The journal welcomes contributions from scholars in all academic fields so long as such are within the scope of its focus on African cultures. While it could be of natural relevance for scholars in Literary Studies, Sociology, History, Political Science, Anthropology, Fine Art, Religion and Philosophy, Linguistics, et cetera, to make contributions, it does also acknowledge that various disciplines within the sciences - management, environmental, engineering, medical, et cetera - have several dimensions that draw extensively upon elements of Africa's traditional and modern cultures, in addition to their own contribution to the evolution of new elements within such cultures. It hopes to glean from these purely scientific fields of endeavour so that the understanding of the cultures of the African peoples would be truly comprehensive. It believes that such an elaborate cross-disciplinary synthesisation of thoughts could build new and necessary bridges between cultural practices and intellectual, socio-political, economic, industrial and technological development in Africa. It hopes to stimulate critical exchanges by publishing well-thought-out and scholarly comments and replies on published contributions. It also hopes to feature book reviews and critical dialogues which could widen the scope of knowledge and experience of African cultures. Finally, each volume of the journal would focus on some special aspect of cultural studies, though such may not be exclusive.

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