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IRCALC - International Research Council on African Literature and Culture


IRCALC is the web based council of writers, scholars and researchers around the world with common interest in African studies, particularly the literature, arts and cultures of Africa and her Diaspora. IRCALC editors also see to the regular volumes of the journals of Critical Studies (CS), African Literature (JAL) and New Poetry (NP).


For years IRCALC initiatives in research in African literature with member organizations, college departments, libraries and individuals across the Diaspora have provided information, ideas, and research that enrich understanding of Africa's rich and diverse cultural heritage .

Membership cuts across race and nationality and embraces scholars committed to a more imaginative approach to Africa's development issues. CS, JAL and NP journal publications are available online or by subscription. Individual and institutional members also receive regular reviews and newsletters of the organisation.




IRCALC Literary Reviews

 Available in PDF


[Journal of African Literature  JAL No. 3

 Anezi Okoro: The Flying Tortoise

 Judith Coullie: The Closest of Strangers

 Bettina Weiss (Ed.) The End of Unheard Narratives:

(Contemporary Perspectives on Southern African Literature)


[Journal of New Poetry NP V3  2006]

 Ana Raquel Louren´┐Żo Fernandes et al (Eds.) Poemas da Guine-Bissau (Poems from Guinea-Bissau)

 Kei Miller. Kingdom of Empty Bellies

 Joy Etiowo. Mma and other Poems


[Journal of New Nigerian Poetry NNP No. 1  2005]

 Ukam's Little Cobra


[Africa Literary Journal ALJ No. 2  2005]

 A Reading of Abubakar Gimba's Innocent Victims and Sunset for a Mandarin






Subscribe to IRCALC Projects

  • Join IRCALC

Membership entitles you to receiving copies of JAL-ALJ and regular publications of IRCALC. You could also become eligible to join the IRCALC Team of Scholarly Reviewers who bring new and existing books on African literature and culture to public readership. Sustaining members' List is updated in the IRCALC Newsletter/Directory. Download Membership Form



  • Submit an Abstract 

Send an abstract or synopsis of your research paper for consideration. We welcome text or book reviews, book news and publication information, photographs, drawings, recordings of art and artistic impressions, music, films and translations of foreign language materials, et cetera. Original language may be in English or French. Other foreign languages should be accompanied with English translations. Submit Abstract


  • Support /Recommend IRCALC

Be a partner and actively support our research team effort. Team members are welcome to send their ideas and suggestions.
As writers and scholars we also welcome useful information from allied agencies/ organisations for continuing development of the African literary project.  Download Partnership Sign-Up Form


  • College Students' Membership Offer

Sign up for Student Membership and receive free PDF Books and Journals from IRCALC.


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Editorial Directors: C Smith and C. Ce

 Africa Advisory Council: K Awoonor, E Emenyonu, R Egudu, O Obafemi, N Osundare, O Enekwe, G Elem, V Kemoli , U. Kalu , A Kofi

Project Editors:  GMT Emezue,  I Marques; (Graphic): Ml Randall;
Editorial Researchers: AB Amoah,  Marlene de la Cruz-Guzman, J Westmoreland-Bourchard,