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esma journal

understanding social change

trilingual publications

esma journal

ESMA receives the support of CNRS’s Institute for Humanities and Social Science (InSHS) in 2023-2024. The journal encourages empirically grounded social science research on contemporary Egypt, Sudan, and other Arab countries. Created in 1990 as Égypte/Monde Arabe, ESMA has recently become a trilingual publication (English, Arabic, and French). The journal’s new name, Égypte Soudan Mondes Arabes, emphasizes the connected histories that bind together the region’s societies through multiple networks and circulations. It also stresses the plurality of the region, which contains many non-Arab peoples and cultures. ESMA supports field research and publishes the work of junior and senior scholars. We invite papers from multiple fields (sociology, anthropology, political science, geography, urban studies, history, political economy, legal studies, development studies, etc.) that contribute to a better understanding of social change and bring in new theoretical vistas. ESMA is available for free on the Open Edition platform one year after the date of publication. Before that, articles are in limited access on the Cairn platform.

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Several types of contributions may be submitted to ESMA.

Articles go through a double blind evaluation process, and are seen by at least two reviewers. The editorial board accepts or rejects the proposed articles.


Varias (maximum 8000 words) are research article featuring an original, theoretically informed argument on contemporary Egypt, Sudan or the Arab World.

research notes

Research Notes (3000-5000 words) are short pieces on a methodological, theoretical, empirical or ethical aspect of the research in social science in the region.

sources & materials

Sources and Materials (maximum 4000 words) are short reflections on what constitutes an archive, and may feature iconographic or textual documents, including interviews or chronologies.

To submit a Varia, a Research Note, or a note on Source and Materials, email with a complete text or an abstract, and write the type of article you wish to propose in the email title.

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special issue

To submit a Special Issue, i.e. a group of articles on a common theme, email with a description and a bibliography (1500 words), along with either 5 to 8 abstracts of existing articles (400 words each) or a call for papers.

book review

Finally, to submit a Book Review or a film or exhibition review (maximum 1000 words), email Luisa Arango ( and Dalia Wahdan (


Pascal Menoret (Director of CEDEJ Cairo, Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University)

Salma ABDALLA (Norwegian University of Life Sciences)

Frédéric ABECASSIS (ENS Lyon)

Luisa ARANGO (CEDEJ Khartoum, Book Review editor)

Ibrahim BAHRELDIN (King AbdelAziz University, Jeddah)

Mohamed BAKHIT (Khartoum University)



Barbara CASCIARRI (Paris 8 University/LAVUE)


Agnès DEBOULET (Paris 8 University)

Eric DENIS (CNRS, Géographie-Cités)

Gaétan DU ROY (Radboud University, Sources and Materials editor)

Youssef EL CHAZLI (Paris 8 University, Communication)

Alice FRANCK (Paris 1 University, PRODIG)

Richard JACQUEMOND (Aix-Marseille University, IREMAM)

Neil KETCHLEY (Oxford University)

Guma Kunda KOMEY (University of Bahri, Khartoum)

Aymon KREIL (Ghent University)


Mehdi LABZAÉ (CEDEJ Cairo, Executive Committee member)

Stéphane LACROIX (Sciences-Po Paris)

Marine POIRIER (CNRS-IREMAM, Varia editor, Executive Committee member)

Carl ROMMEL (Uppsala University, Research Notes editor)

Malak ROUCHDY (Independent researcher)

Reem SAAD (Independent researcher)

Giedre SABASEVICIUTE (Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, Sources and Materials editor)

Samuli SCHIELKE (Zentrum Moderner Orient Berlin)

Marie VANNETZEL (CNRS, Executive Committee member)


Dalia WAHDAN (American University of Cairo, Book Review editor)

Azza YACOUB (CEDEJ Khartoum)