Published annually, Sankofa is a peer-reviewed journal aimed at a diverse audience of teachers, students, librarians, researchers, writers, illustrators, editors, and publishers. Sankofa’s primary objective is to disseminate information on African children’s and young adult literature; recognize common inaccuracies, stereotypes, and biases in books set in Africa; provide readers with in-depth book reviews and scholarly articles on emerging trends in African and African diaspora literatures; and stimulate a global conversation on the comparative patterns in the representation of children in literature.
We invite articles for the following sections of the journal:
- The African Scene features critical and analytical essays on established and new authors and illustrators, trends and developments in book production for children in Africa, and reviews of outstanding books.
- Literatures of the Diaspora focuses on children’s and young adult books of the African diaspora.
We also invite articles for a special issue on “Reading and Writing about Crises in Africa.” The articles could deal with how African and non-African authors depict war in books for children and young adults; how do children cope with such situations; discussion of books that deconstruct the stereotype of Africa as a place of war or that show African agency; or books that depict other crises such as AIDS.
Please submit articles (in English, between 3,000 and 5,000 words) to:
Dr. Meena Khorana, Editor-in-Chief
202-E Holmes Hall
Morgan State University
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251 USA