About New Contree


The journal was established in January 1977 under the former Institute of Historical Studies of the Human Science and Research Council as Contree. At the time, its establishment was viewed as: “…an important development in co-ordinating and advancing regional historical research in the [Republic of South Africa] RSA, since it creates a channel whereby interested persons will be able to discuss matters of mutual interest and through which guidance can be given to those anxious to study in this field. At the same time Contree will serve as a medium for recording and publishing research results”. Also the need was expressed that: “… fragmentary attempts by various people and organizations to write local and regional history should be co-ordinated” (From: “Editorial”, Contree: Journal for South African urban and regional history, 1 (January 1977, p. 3).

So Contree’s original scope was mainly local and regional histories from everyday life but has slightly extended in 1996 to accommodate a multidisciplinary scholarship in regional studies, but still with a deepened historical departure. This scope change happened shortly after the recent day North-West University’s Mafikeng Campus took over the Contree’s editorial obligations from the University of Johannesburg.  The name of the journal also then changed to New Contree.  Several regional related topical voices were introduced by the Editorial Advisory at the time, such as a political voice, economic voice, social voice etcetera.  In 2008 the journal’s administration migrated to the North-West University’s Vaal Triangle Campus.  At this time the Editorial Advisory Board further felt the need to clarify its journal focus. A journal subtitle for New Contree was developed namely the Journal of Historical and Human Sciences for Southern Africa.  New Contree operated for 12 years under this extended title, while still emphasising regional and local histories in especially Southern Africa.  However, from the December 2020 issue, the Editorial Advisory Board of New Contree has decided to rather strengthen its ownership of New Contree as only name for the journal, and that its existing focus will narrow down to accommodate and publish mainly research in local and regional histories (inclusive of urban and rural history) in Africa and Southern Africa in particular.


Aims and Scope:

New Contree serves as a scholarly voice and platform for instilling and disseminating specific and comparative local and regional history debate in Africa, and its value in broader (transnational contexts). New Contree’s intellectual repertoire compliments a rigorous theoretically reflexive social history in which inclusivity in reconstructing the past from “below” (ordinary people’s voice, and acknowledging smaller community activities) and also from “above” (be informed on related actions of for example central authority, government and national figures) matters. Change occurs through the interaction of major decisive events, and the rhythm of seemingly trivial, prosaic, and almost discreet courses of daily life.  New Contree aims to publish high-quality academic articles which address research on an aspect of the history of regions and localities in Southern Africa in particular, but also in Africa and in other parts of the world, especially from a comparative angle.  Any aspect of activity, topic or/and phenomenon in for example urban, rural, social, cultural, health, environmental, economic and political life locally, regionally, or/and in other global contexts are of interest. The New Contree also welcomes contributions on regions and localities, contributing towards, and emanating from, refreshed methodological, theoretical and historiographical views.  Changing research approaches in local and regional histories to also facilitate community knowledge systems towards co-arriving at broader understandings for sustainable environments, are encouraged and scholarly reporting welcomed. Multidisciplinary-like research in histories on localities and regions – with a vision to also provide a comprehensive understanding through the methodologies of other disciplines – are accommodated, and encouraged. New Contree also supports review articles and book reviews that relates to regional and local history. Researchers from any academic institution are encouraged to communicate with the New Contree Editorial Advisory Board if they are interested to act as guest editor for a supplementary issue.


New Contree (ISSN number 0379-9867) is a peer-reviewed journal indexed by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). New Contree, is mainly published in English though all the officially accepted languages in South Africa are accommodated in all editions. Abstracts in English only are required.

Articles appearing in New Contree are abstracted and/or indexed in Index to South African periodicals, Historical Abstracts, and America: History and Life. The Journal is also listed in The Bowker International Serials Database (New York), The Serials Directory (Birmingham, USA), The International African Bibliography (London), Ebsco Host, and the Boloka system. For access to the New Contree archive for already published volumes and articles, follow these links: Sabinet, Boloka, and view journals on the New Contree website. The Editorial Board is in the process of extending its visibility internationally through other indexed opportunities. Information will be exchanged as soon as this process is finalized.

Open Access Statement:

This is an open-access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. 

Repository Policy and Guidelines:

This website serves as a repository, but simultaneously the existing sites providing an access service (like Sabinet and Boloka) currently develop repository requirements. Click here for more information regarding Boloka’s repository guidelines.

new contree editorial advisory board


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editorial advisory board

Prof Bizeck Jube Phiri

Bizeck Jube Phiri is a Professor of History, University of Zambia.

Dr Markku Mattila

Markku Mattila is a Doctor of History and works as Senior Research Fellow at the Migration Institute Of Finland (Seinäjoki Unit).

Prof Patrick Furlong

Patrick J Furlong is a Professor of History at Alma College, Michigan, USA.

Dr Wayne Dooling

(University of London, UK)

Wayne Dooling, is a Doctor in the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK.

Prof Sulevi Riukulehto

(University of Helsinki Ruralia Institute, Finland)

Sulevi Riukulehto is a Doctor of History and works as Research Director in Regional History and Cultural Heritage at the University of Helsinki Ruralia Institute, Finland. He serves as an extraordinary Professor in the subject group History, North-West University.  

Prof Ackson M Kanduza

(Zambian Open University, New Foundland Campus)

Ackson M Kanduza is an Associate Professor of History and also Dean of the School of Education at Zambian Open University.

Prof Gerald Groenewald

(University of Johannesburg)

Gerald Groenewald is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Johannesburg.

Prof Alan Kirkaldy

Alan Kirkaldy is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of History, Rhodes University.

Prof Vivian Brickford Smith

(University of Cape Town)

Vivian Bickford-Smith is an Extraordinary Professor in the History Department at Stellenbosch University.

Prof Albert Grundlingh

(University of Stellenbosch, Western Cape)

Albert Grundlingh (Emeritus Professor), at the Stellenbosch University.

Dr Chris Holdridge

(North-West University, Mafikeng Campus)

Chris Holdridge is a Doctor of History at the North-West University (Mafikeng Campus).

Prof Karen Harris

(University of Pretoria, Pretoria)

Karin Harris is a Professor and Head of the Department of Historical and Heritage Studies, University of Pretoria.

Dr Karthigasen Gopalan

(Sol Plaatjie University)

Karthigasen Gopalan is a Doctor and Senior Lecturer of History at Sol Plaatje University.  

Prof Sekibakiba P Lekgoathi

(University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)

Sekibakiba Peter Lekgoathi is a Professor of History at the University of Witwatersrand.

Prof Kalpana Hiralal

(University of KwaZulu Natal)

Kalpana Hiralal is a Professor of Social Sciences at the University of KwaZulu Natal. 

Dr Sean Maliehe

(University of the Free State)

Sean Maliehe is an Associate Professor of History, University of Pretoria.



Prof Elize van Eeden

Elize S van Eeden is a Professor of History and Deputy Director in the School of Social Science, North-West University (Vanderbijlpark Campus).

Editor (Review Articles)

Dr Vusumuzi Kumalo

(Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University-NMMU) 4766 5424

Vusumuzi R. Kumalo is a Doctor of History at the Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth.

Editor (Book Reviews)

Mr Charl Blignaut 

(North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus)

Dr Njabulo Chipangura

(University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg) - Book Review Editor from 1 August 2021.

Technical Control Editor

Prof Eric J Nealer

(University of South Africa)

Eric J Nealer is a Professor of Public Administration and Management, University of South Africa.


Dr Bridget Theron-Bushell

(Academic Editing & Text Care, Pretoria)


Dr Tsepo Moloi

(from 1 August 2021 - University of the Free State)

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Ethic Protocol


This journal publishes in accordance with the Academy of Science of South Africa’s (ASSAF) and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) publishing ethics guidelines. These guideline directions apply to authors, peer reviewers, the editorial office, and the journal as a whole. Anyone who believes that these guidelines have not been followed should raise their concern with the Editor-in-Chief.

COPE Ethics Guidelines

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ASSAF Ethic Protocol

Allegations of Research Misconduct

Publishers and editors shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of articles where research misconduct has occurred.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Plagiarism;
  • Citation;
  • Manipulation;
  • Data falsification/fabrication;

In no case shall a journal or its editors encourage such misconduct, or knowingly allow such misconduct to take place. In the event that a journal’s publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct relating to a published article in their journal, the publisher or editor shall follow ASSAF’s and COPE’s guidelines (or equivalent).

Ethics and Policies

New Contree endorses and applies the standards of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), which promotes integrity in peer-reviewed research publications. New Contree and editors shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of articles where research misconduct has occurred. The journal and its editors do not encourage misconduct, or knowingly allow misconduct to take place.

Correction, clarifications, retractions, and apologies

In the event that New Contree or the journal editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct, New Contree or the editors shall deal with allegations appropriately. New Contree and editors are always willing to publish corrections, clarifications, retractions, and apologies when needed.