Transition Magazine

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Transition  
Language English
Edited by Tommie Shelby, Vincent Brown, and Glenda Carpio
Publication details
Publisher
Publication history
1961-76; 1991-present
Frequency Triannual
Indexing
ISSN 1527-8042
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Transition Magazine, founded by Rajat Neogy (1938–1995), a Ugandan of Indian ancestry, was published from 1961 to 1976 on the African continent and was revived in 1991 in the United States.

History[edit]

In 1961, at the age of 22, Neogy founded Transition Magazine: An International Review in Kampala, Uganda. Transition was designed to be the literary organ of East African writers and intellectuals. It quickly became Africa's leading intellectual magazine, publishing such diverse figures as Tanzanian president Julius Nyerere, South African novelist Nadine Gordimer (Nobel laureate), Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe, and Americans James Baldwin and Paul Theroux.

In 1968, the Ugandan government jailed Neogy for sedition; the magazine had criticized President Milton Obote's proposed constitutional reforms. After Neogy's release, Transition was revived in Ghana in 1971. Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka took over as editor in 1973. During Soyinka's tenure, Transition became still more contentious: the cover of one issue sported a cartoon image of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, with Karasi! ("Finish Him!") written across his face. Transition continued to make a name - as well as enemies - for itself until folding in 1976 for financial reasons.

Today[edit]

Henry Louis Gates, Jr, a student of Soyinka at Cambridge University and a frequent contributor to the Ghanaian Transition, brought the magazine back to life in 1991. Now based at the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University, Transition bills itself as "an anchor of deep reflection on black life and a map charting new routes through the globalized world." In 2011, Transition celebrated 50 years since the journal's founding.

Transition is edited by Tommie Shelby and Glenda Carpio of Harvard University and Vincent Brown (historian) of Duke University. Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw of University of Pennsylvania serves as Visual Arts Editor. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Kwame Anthony Appiah are the magazine's publishers, with Wole Soyinka chairing the Editorial Board. Transition is published three times annually by Indiana University Press.

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