Aims and Scope

Utafiti aims at attracting second order critiques of current methodologies and received assumptions across all domains of knowledge production about and within Africa. Papers that interrogate established disciplines are an important driver in determining appropriateness of submitted articles. We encourage contributors to ‘break the mold’ which defines research models and pre-established norms of their disciplines, while maintaining the highest possible standards of academic rigour and scholarly credibility. We focus on topics that concern but are not limited to scholars in the East African region, and the global South more generally.

We also to support authors who elaborate the significance of their first order research and theoretical analysis in light of its relevance to other disciplines and worldwide, to improve knowledge production especially but not exclusively concerning the human condition in Africa.

We urge authors to develop angles that explore how their data provides an incentive and rationale for cognate disciplines, paving uncharted territories and shaping new cross disciplinary approaches. Thus the journal is not restricted by the defining parameters and formats confining any particular discipline. And we are keen to attract authors who are entertaining new standpoints that may be impossible either to access or to confirm from distant the wider global academic arena.

UTAFITI’s current remit is to be as inclusive and multidisciplinary in its subject matter, range of viewpoints, stylistic characteristics, theoretical and methodological approaches as possible. Our locus, both theoretically and methodologically, is not limited to departments within the Humanities. The Journal is serving simultaneously contributors based in several cognate Colleges, Schools and Institutes within UDSM and overseas. Our editorial advisory board contains tenured academics based at institutions in fifteen countries within Africa, the Americas, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East.