James Currey, an imprint of Boydell & Brewer since 2008, has long been recognized as the leading publisher of academic books on Africa.

Founded in 1984, when James Currey left Heinemann Educational Books, this independent imprint continued his personal engagement in African publishing, which began with his first job at Oxford University Press, Cape Town, and continued through his role as publisher of the Heinemann African Writers series (an account of those exciting years can be found in his book, Africa Writes Back, available in the UK from Boydell & Brewer).

We specialize in publishing research carried out across the African continent, particularly in the fields of Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Politics, Economics, Development Studies, Gender Studies, Literature, Theatre, Film Studies, and the Humanities and Social Sciences generally. We are well known for our longstanding series on Eastern Africa, Western Africa and African Issues, our annual volumes of African Literature Today and African Theatre, as well as numerous single authored books and edited collections which are published as standalone volumes. We have recently established the new series African Articulations and Religion in Transforming Africa.

We are dedicated to distributing books about Africa in Africa and have long been noted for marketing our titles through a network of African co-publishers. This policy continues with Boydell & Brewer, working with a network of publishers as well as new marketing strategies. In the United States, the books are now distributed through Boydell and Brewer Inc. Many of the older volumes on the list, classic texts on Africa and authoritative books on their subject, are now again available through Boydell & Brewer’s extensive POD programme. Today, we also have a growing eBook programme, distributed via University Presses Online and JSTOR digital platforms worldwide and sold on our website.

James Currey Series

African Anthropology
African Articulations
African Issues
African Literature Today
African Theatre
Eastern Africa Series
Religion in Transforming Africa
Western Africa Series

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