Remembering our Trailblazers
This page is dedicated to our dearly departed colleagues and friends, whose hard work and commitment to the study of Africa contributed significantly to the production and exchange of knowledge on Africa. The tireless work of these individuals has profoundly impacted and changed narratives about Africa and Africans for the better, which in turn has changed attitudes and approaches toward studying and engaging the continent. We honor and thank them for their hard work.
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Please note that obituaries and tributes will be accepted and posted on a rolling basis, and need not be for recent deaths. Submissions will be accepted for any individual acknowledged to have made a positive contribution to the study of Africa as a scholar, practitioner, artist, politician, peace maker, etc.
- 27 February 2017
Jan Vansina, a pioneering historian whose vast corpus of work transformed our understanding of African history—and the history of many other areas—died on February 8, 2017, in Madison, Wisconsin. He was 87.
- 03 January 2017
Jan-Georg Deutsch passed away on December 22, 2016.
- 06 September 2016
Isidore Okpewho passed away on September 4, 2016. He was 74 years old.
- 29 August 2016
Alain Ricard passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2016. He was a dear friend a colleague who will be missed by everyone who had the honor of sharing his passion for ideas, travel, friendship, Africa, literature, theater and so much more.
- 16 August 2016
Elizabeth Colson passed away in July 2016.
- 03 December 2015
Sam Moyo passed away on November 21, 2015, following a car accident in New Delhi, India.
- 31 August 2015
George Houser passed away on August 19, 2015.
- 30 July 2015
Professor Stephen Ellis passed away on July 29, 2015.
- 20 July 2015
Professor John "Jack" Goody passed away on July 16, 2015.
- 21 May 2015