Obituaries

Professor Patrick Chabal: A Tribute to the Unelected Dean of African Studies

LSE’s Wendy Willems and Ebenezer Obadare of the University of Kansas pay tribute to Professor Patrick Chabal, an eminent scholar in the field of African Studies. With the passing on 16 January 2014 of Professor Patrick Chabal, the intellectual world has lost one of the most influential voices in the fields of African Studies, postcolonial studies and political science over […]

Mandela’s Long Walk with African History – Part 3

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza explores the role of reconciliation in the political discourse of transition to independence among some African leaders. This is the last of three posts in which the historian posits South Africa’s founding father alongside some of the major events of the 20th century. Click to read the first post in this series Click through to read Part […]

Mandela’s Long Walk with African History – Part 2

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza examines how Nelson Mandela epitomised all the key phases, dynamics and ideologies of African nationalism in the 20th century. This is the second of three posts in which the historian posits South Africa’s founding father alongside some of the major events of the 20th century. Click through to read the first article of this series The decolonisation […]

Mandela’s Long Walk with African History – Part 1

From reviled terrorist to venerated hero, Paul Tiyambe Zeleza examines Nelson Mandela, both man and myth. This is the first of three posts in which the historian posits South Africa’s founding father alongside some of the major events of the 20th century. The death of Nelson Mandela has provoked an outpouring of mourning, celebration, and commentary around the world that […]

Nelson Mandela left his mark on the Commonwealth

Sue Onslow reflects on how the Commonwealth opposed apartheid and the impact Nelson Mandela had on the organisation when he became leader of South Africa. In the cascade of tributes to Nelson Mandela following his death on 5 December, personal friends, liberation fighters in the struggle, fellow politicians and commentators have addressed Mandela’s complex personality and political outlook, his charisma […]

“For my generation, the death of #Mandela marks the end of Africa’s liberation struggle” – Thandika Mkandawire

LSE’s African Chair Thandika Mkandawire suffered imprisonment for his role in the struggle for the independence of Malawi and 30 years of exile. In this post, he writes about the role Nelson Mandela played in inspiring his generation of political activists. It is difficult to write about Nelson Mandela without sounding sycophantic or as if engaged in uncritical hero worship. […]

Nelson Mandela – a life in pictures

Civil rights activist, prisoner, President – these titles cannot convey the full flavour of the rich, varied and accomplished life of Nelson Mandela, commonly called Father of the South African nation. Similarly, this photo gallery does little more than provide a few glimpses of the man revered as one of the most renowned statesmen of our era. Nelson Mandela in […]

Respected South African politician dies

Professor Kader Asmal, one of the School’s most distinguished alumni, has died in Cape Town at the age of 76. A long-standing and courageous opponent of the apartheid government in South Africa, he was elected to Parliament in 1994 and became a member of President Mandela’s post-apartheid government as Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry. He was subsequently appointed Minister […]

July 12th, 2011|LSE, Obituaries|1 Comment|

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