In Memoriam

Le Centre des études sahariennes (CES), Maroc : Décès de l’éminent chercheur Pierre Bonte, un grand connaisseur du Maroc saharien

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Né le 25 août 1942 dans le département du Nord, le défunt était titulaire d’un Doctorat d’Etat en ethnologie et anthropologie sociale (Paris-EHESS, 1998), membre du Laboratoire d’anthropologie sociale du Collège de France et de l’Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) et Directeur de recherches au Centre national de recherche scientifique (CNRS). Responsable depuis le milieu des années 1960 de nombreuses missions d’étude au Niger, en Algérie, en Mauritanie, au Mali, au Maroc et en Tunisie, M. Bonte est l’auteur de nombreuses contributions scientifiques et d’ouvrages dont L’émirat de l’Adrar. Esquisses historiques, (1998), La montagne de fer. La SNIM. Une société minière du Sahara mauritanien à l’heure de la mondialisation (2001), Les derniers nomades (2004), L’émirat de l’Adrar mauritanien. Harîm, compétition et protection dans une société tribale saharienne (2008),…

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In Memoriam: Mohamed Ould Maouloud Ould Daddah « el-Chennafi » (1922-2012) par Abdel Wedoud Ould Cheikh

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

As we look forward to 2013, let us also remember the 2012 loss of Mauritania’s living historical voice, Mohamed ould Maouloud ould Daddah (”el-Chennafi”). For those of us who had the honour of meeting him, we can only express sorrow that historians in the future will be deprived of this personal “window” onto the evolution of Mauritanian society. Mauritania has truly lost a national treasure. — E Ann McDougall, Professor, History & Classics, University of Alberta

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In Memoriam: Katherine Payne Moseley, former SSA board member

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Katherine Payne Moseley (KP Moseley) passed away peacefully on 4 October 2012 at her Vermont home. Her oft-quoted study with Immanuel Wallerstein on precapitalist social structures initiated a long list of publications on the Trans-Saharan trade, the political economy of West Africa including Sierra Leone and Nigeria, and most recently the economic and social history of the larger oases band of the northern Sahara edge that includes Morocco and Mauritania.

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In Memoriam: John Damis

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

John Damis was the author of Conflict in Northwest Africa: The Western Sahara Dispute (1983), still a foundational text in the study of that issue.

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In Memoriam: Philip D. Curtin, 1922–2009

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Pillarisetti Sudhir writes on the American Historical Association Blog:

Curtin started his long teaching career as an assistant professor back at Swarthmore College. He then moved to the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Here he teamed up with colleague Jan Vansina to help launch and develop the hitherto neglected field of African history, and started a department of African languages and literature (the first such department in the United States). With a series of pathbreaking publications such as The Atlantic Slave Trade: A Census, which raised new questions even as it set new standards for accurate cliometrics of a complex past, The World and the West: The European Challenge and the Overseas Response in the Age of Empire, The Rise and Fall of the Plantation Complex: Essays in Atlantic History, and The Image of Africa: British Ideas and Action, 1780–1850 (which received the AHA’s Schuyler Prize), Curtin made himself a name as a brilliant historian who broke away from the dominant Eurocentric models of historiography of other continents to create a critical and pioneering body of scholarship on Africa, the Atlantic world, the British empire, and comparative history. As if responding to the tug of the Atlantic (and perhaps a love of the sea rooted in his tenure with the Merchant Marines) reflected in his works, Curtin moved to the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 1975, where he became the Herbert Baxter Adams Professor of History.

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