Spotlight: Farewell Ton Dietz

Prof. Ton Dietz has retired as Director of the African Studies Centre Leiden and as Professor of the Study of African Development on 1 September 2017. He will give his Farewell Lecture 'Africa: Still a Silver Lining' on Monday 25 September in the Academy Building, Leiden. 

An overview of all the news concerning Ton Dietz's farewell:

You are very welcome to attend Ton's Farewell Lecture at 16.00 in the Academy Building, however, there are no more seats available in the Lecture Hall. The lecture can be followed via TV screens in adjacent rooms. Since we expect many people for Ton's lecture we cannot guarantee a seat here either. The lecture will be streamed live on our Facebook page: On Tuesday 26 September a video registration of the event will become available online.

On the occasion of Ton's retirement, the ASCL Library created a special web dossier, consisting of titles from the ASCL Library collection written by Ton Dietz and by others, but all related to subjects important in the work and private life of Ton Dietz. 

We did an extensive farewell interview with Ton this summer. In particular his statements about more development in Africa leading to more migration were picked up by the media. He was subsequently interviewed by Belgian online magazine, Leidsch Dagblad, de Volkskrant, Radio 1 and Mare.

Coinciding with his retirement, Ton has organized the exhibition Early postal services in East Africa at the ASCL. African postal heritage is one of Ton's many fields of interest, which is why he also initiated the African Postal Heritage Series.

Ton Dietz will remain co-chair of the Leiden African Studies Assembly, and still has PhD candidates to supervise. Likewise, he has not yet finished his research of his favourite spot in Africa: Pokot, in Kenya (the place that gave him his African name Ilat, or ‘thunder and lightning’). Many reasons why we will still - gladly! - see him at the ASCL. 

Keep an eye on this page regularly, as it will be updated soon!