Aims and Scope

UTAFITI is the second oldest scholarly journal of the University of Dar es Salaam, circulating since 1976.

We seek to publish scholarship that goes beyond the research report stage of conveying scientific findings and providing recommendations. We are interested particularly in papers that inspire or propose radical, alternative paradigmatic shifts in the standard assumptions and methodologies involved in knowledge production about Africa. Utafiti is not bound by narrow confines of disciplines and its format does not follow the standard research report framework.

UTAFITI welcomes articles that challenge the standard, received view of Africa through the international gaze. Utafiti is not bound by narrow confines of disciplines and its format does not follow the standard research report framework.  We look for papers that provide previously unexplored or infrequently defended positions and topics that move the scholarly discourse forward, covering the broad spectrum of social sciences and humanities, including applied ethics, archaeological, cultural and heritage studies, development studies, earth sciences, economics, education, gender, geography, history, law, linguistics, literature, medicine, philosophy, policy planning and analysis, religious studies, and law. social administration, statistics.

Scholars and researchers of different ideological standpoints are welcome to argue their positions and cases, in an effort to challenge received and standard assumptions that dominate the global community focused on African realities and experiences. We welcome healthy, unfettered debates, encouraging complete academic freedom while sustaining the highest standards of academic credibility and accountability – thereby enhancing the international voice of scholarly and epistemic authority through the correctives afforded by African perspectives.