SCOUT BANANA, in conjunction with the MSU African Studies Center, invites you to submit a manuscript to
Volume IV, Issue II of Articulate: Undergraduate Research Applied to Development in Africa.

Articulate is an undergraduate journal that publishes academic papers and writings on development in Africa and African issues. It is a forum for students to contribute to, as well as initiate, debates in international development, as undergraduates remain a vital, untapped force for new ideas and perspectives within the development dialogue.

Primary criteria for inclusion in the journal are quality of research, relevance, and originality. All manuscripts must have been written as an undergraduate student. For scholarly articles, we ask for submissions of roughly 15-20 pages double-spaced with citations formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style, and an abstract of 200 words. We also ask that the author’s name, major, college, and university appear on a separate cover sheet, with no reference to the author within the manuscript. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

• The effectiveness of foreign aid, microfinance, and social enterprise in Africa
• Intersections of gender, religion, ethnicity, and sexuality in African development
• Consequences of globalization, especially financial and trade integration
• Historical analyses and case studies of health care policies in Africa
• Politics of water and medicine in Africa
• The role of African youth in development programs and projects
• Effects of conflict and migration on health care and development

Articulate is also seeking brief reflective essays on your experiences in Africa, as well as reviews on literature relevant to Africa, development, and health care.

Reflective essays are 2-3 single-spaced pages and can take a variety of creative forms. They should explore development work from the perspective of a young person (under 30) from the Global North entering the Global South. Was it how you thought it would be? What did you like and/or dislike about it? What do you wish you had known when you were just “studying,” as opposed to working, in Africa on health-related issues? Other themes may be considered with consultation from the Editor-in-Chief.

Literature reviews are 2-3 single-spaced pages and are meant to keep Articulate’s readers abreast of current works and on-going debates pertinent to development, Africa, and health care. Reviews must provide a careful, thoughtful analysis and critique of a work’s main themes, objectives, arguments, and conclusions. They should include at least three titled sub-sections: an introduction that includes a synopsis of the work; an analysis that considers what, if any, assumptions underlie the author’s thinking and, if evidence is cited, how well it supports the work’s main objective; and a conclusion that summates your analysis and states the overall merits and/or shortcomings of the work.

Manuscripts will be accepted until Monday, June 18th, 2011, with publication intended during September 2011. For submissions or inquiries, please contact the Editor-in-Chief at
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