In addition to its broad array of individually commissioned articles, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia includes articles from special edited collections on select subfields, which are also published as stand-alone printed volumes.
The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History features 75 entries from The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources edited by Thomas Spear. Published in 2019, this two-volume set builds a theoretical foundation for the field, expanding the ways that Africa can be studied, and recovering the histories of the continent that often appear outside the documentary record.
The field of women's history has expanded and challenged the way that scholars have traditionally interpreted the past. The study of African history has been at the forefront of such debates, inspired in part by the sweeping changes in the continent since the end of the colonial era. In engaging this growing and rapidly diversifying field, The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Women's History—edited by Dorothy Hodgson—will be the first reference work of its kind: a comprehensive resource that aims to cover African women across regions and time periods, while utilizing emerging methods of scholarship such as archaeology, ethnography, anthropology, linguistics, and genealogy.