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Change of ASCL directors leads to a lot of publicity

This September Prof. dr. Ton Dietz is retiring as director of the African Studies Centre Leiden (ASCL) and is succeeded by Prof. dr. Jan- Bart Gewald. The retirement of Ton has brought to a lot of media attention the past weeks.

Ton Dietz has been the director of ASCL and Professor of the Study of African Development at Leiden University from May 2010 until September 2017. In this interview with Radio 1 he talks about his experience of these seven years as director (in Dutch)

Over the years Ton’s research focused on all the transitions that the continent Africa went and is still going through; the political and human geography of Africa, the impact of climate change, demographic transition, the use and exploitation of (natural) resources and development. He recently gave interviews concerning the latter two subjects, about the migration movements in Africa in the Volkskrant and Leidsch Dagblad. He also talked about Africa’s migration and population’s growth in an interview with in August. Furthermore he has provided many research articles, of which the website of ASC Leiden has created a clear web dossier.

Ton Dietz is also known for his personal interests, creating maps and collecting stamps. Until October 31st, it is possible to visit a special exhibition about African stamps by Ton Dietz at the Pieter de la Court building.

On September 25th Ton Dietz will give his Valedictory Lecture at Leiden University. Nevertheless ResMA and PhD students who follow the LeidenGlobal Course Discipline & Place, will also have the opportunity to attend a lecture by Ton Dietz on October 2nd.

Ton Dietz has been a board member of LeidenGlobal since 2013 and we thank him for all his support and input during the past 4 years!

Jan Bart Gewald, a historian specialized in the social history of Africa, has been appointed as the new director of the ASCL from 1 September 2017 onwards, for a period of five years. He knows Africa not only by doing research on various parts of Africa, but also by growing up Africa and having lived in many African countries, like Niger, South-Africa and Botswana.

Jan Bart is one of the 6 new ASCL professors who will give a lecture during the ASCL Inaugural Event on October 9th 2017

Extra links:
Read the farewell interview with Ton Dietz in English here


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