2022: Fifth 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 14, 2022 at 12pm CST

The University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ingraham Hall, Room 206 and Virtual here



Jan Vansina. (Photo by Catherine Reiland / UW-Madison)

The fifth annual Jan Vansina Lecture will be delivered by Kathryn de Luna, a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor at Georgetown University. She is an Africanist historian by degree and a linguist and archeologist by courtesy, collaboration, and curiosity. Her research and teaching focus on histories of the environment, emotions and senses in central Africa and the broader Atlantic as well as the methods and archives through which we access such stories.

Her paper is titled, “The Long Atlantic: A History in Terms of Africa”.


headshot of Kate de luna