2020: Third Annual

The University of Wisconsin-Madison African Studies Program created the annual Jan Vansina Lecture to honor the legacy of Jan Vansina, one of the world’s foremost historians of Africa.

September 9, 2020, 12pm CST.
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Jan Vansina. (Photo by Catherine Reiland / UW-Madison)

The third annual Jan Vansina Lecture was presented by Jacob Dlamini (right), Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University. Jacob is a historian of Africa, with an interest in precolonial, colonial and postcolonial African History. He obtained a Ph.D. from Yale University in 2012 and is also a graduate of Wits University in South Africa and Sussex University in England. Jacob held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Barcelona, Spain, from November 2011 to April 2015, and was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University from August 2014 to May 2015.

A qualified field guide, Jacob is also interested in comparative and global histories of conservation and national parks.

His paper is titled, “The Mind of Apartheid: History after South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.”