Zanj: The Journal of Critical Global South Studies

Zanj: The Journal of Critical Global South Studies is a bi-annual peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by Pluto Journals that provides a uniquely engaged scholarly space for Global South perspectives and research on the Global South. 

Print ISSN: 2515-2130 / e-ISSN: 2515-2149


Zanj: The Journal of Critical Global South Studies


About the Journal

Zanj: The Journal of Critical Global South Studies orients itself towards an oppositional intellectual stance that reflects voices too often excluded. The Journal seeks to center positionalities and politics that make a new world in the imagine of the subaltern, the excluded, the Others that are conjured by concepts of the Global South in the current Western order of knowledge, its hegemonic political economies and successive empires.

Zanj is a transfiguration, an articulation and reiteration of all things non-Western, all things beyond and resistant to, separate from but usually entangled within the West and its (version of) modernity. A space for South voices, South knowledge and methods, interventions, histories, reclamations, perspectives, scholarship. The Journal seeks to provide a uniquely engaged scholarly space for Global South perspectives that otherwise might not make it into the academic industrial complex.


Journal Information

The Journal is published twice a year. The electronic journal is archived in Portico.



Editorial Board


Jesse Benjamin

Managing Editor: 
Aajay Murphy

Associate Editor: 
Geoffroy de Laforcade

Production Editors: 
Fraternel Amuri Misako and Abdullah Saleh



Advisory Board


Maya Arakon, Suleyman Sah University

Ward Churchill, independent scholar, activist

Carole Boyce Davies, Cornell University

Philippe Dodard, artist, Haiti/Miami

Jesus “Chucho” Garcia, New Orleans, Venezuela

Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni, University of South Africa

Crystal Griffith, Arizona State University

Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Spelman College

Redell Hearn, Mississippi State University

Ismail Khalidi, playwright

Chapurukha Kusimba, American University

Peter Wayne Lewis, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Firoze Manji, Daraja Press

Noble Maseru, Associate Dean, University of Pittsburgh

Babacar M’bow, Curator, Museum du Civilization Noire

Nuri el Okbi, Association for the Support and Defense of Bedouin Rights in Israel

Liza O’Reilly, legal activist, scholar

Asha Rodney, Esq, Walter Rodney Foundation, Atlanta

Patricia Rodney, CEO, Walter Rodney Foundation, Atlanta

HQ Quan, Arizona State University

Natsu Saito, Georgia State University

Ngugi wa Thiong’o, UC Riverside

Kani Xulam, American Kurdish Information Network



Instructions for Authors


Please see the submission guidelines here.



Contact Information


Journal’s Editor, Dr. Jesse Benjamin,

Publisher Pluto Journals,  



Publishing Schedule Update


The Journal is still publishing but has experienced some significant delays in its publication schedule. The Journal would like to thank its authors, subscribers, libraries and readers for their patience and understanding as they work through several challenges these past two years. While their production schedule has fallen behind, they are working hard in 2021 to return to their regular schedule according to the timeline found here.


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