Research in Sierra Leone Studies (RISLS): Weave

Research in Sierra Leone Studies (RISLS): Weave (ISSN: 2167-9835) is a refereed, open access, open-text, electronic journal that publishes articles, book reviews, interviews, drama, fiction, and poetry on Sierra Leonean themes from national, international, diasporic, and global perspectives. The journal can be freely accessed world-wide via the Internet.


This e-journal should liberate Sierra Leonean scholars into international scholarship” (Emeritus Professor Eldred D. Jones).

Logo: "Sierra Leone Hammock, Cotton." West African Textiles from the 19th Century. With permission:

"Sierra Leone Hammock, Cotton." West African textiles from the 19th Century. With permission:




Submission deadline: Open

Notification: By 1-8 weeks of Submission

Publication date: Items are published as soon as they are ready in the journal's regular publication schedule (two times a year). Alternatively, journal items can be published as part of a Thematic and Special Issue. (See our Focus and Scope section).



Invitation to Contribute to An Anthology on Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone


A. Quick Description of Project

We remain strongly committed to the project of putting together a volume on Ebola in Sierra Leone even as the outbreak seems to be receding.  After fifteen months, official reports from the national governments of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea, and international agencies like the World Health Organization, show that the overall numbers of incidence, transmission and mortality rates are declining.  There are regions in the three countries that have registered zero new cases in the past few months, though a few are still seeing new ones.

Posted: 2015-02-15 More...

Call for Papers: Special Issue on "Trauma: The Sierra Leone Experience"


Research in Sierra Leone Studies: Weave Special Issue on
"Trauma: The Sierra Leone Experience"

Guest editors: Arthur Onipede Hollist and Mohamed Kamara

Weave invites scholarly articles and creative pieces (short fiction, poetry, and one-act plays) for a special issue on trauma and Sierra Leone to be published in December 2015. Barely a decade beyond its civil war, Sierra Leone is now dealing with the Ebola virus disease. Both events have been described as traumas, a notoriously difficult word to define because traumatic events often happen, as Elisa Marder notes, “due to social forces as well as in the social world” and have inherently political, social, and ethical dimensions. Trauma studies therefore encourage interdisciplinary approaches through which to understand these two, if not twin, events and responses (national and international) to them. And because trauma can only be known belatedly, after the event, this special issue provides an opportunity to examine issues surrounding individual and collective responses to Sierra Leone’s civil war and Ebola emergency, analyzing the complex of factors that caused them; their management or mismanagement; their present and future impacts; their dissemination and representation across news and creative media. All scholars working on trauma in Sierra Leone, including non-Sierra Leoneans, are encouraged to contribute. Specific topics include but are not limited to the following:

Posted: 2015-01-25 More...

Weave Adds A New Section

The new section is Point of View and Record and items submitted to it are not peer-reviewed.  
Posted: 2014-06-18 More...

Publish Your Art Work in Weave

Weave is inviting artists and photographers who have done work/are doing work on Sierra Leone to submit their works to be considered for publication as cover pages for the journal's issues.  
Posted: 2014-05-31 More...
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