Jan Jansen

Jan Jansen (1962, PhD Leiden 1995) has a special interest in oral tradition in Sub-Sahara Africa. He conducted extensive fieldwork in the region southwest of Mali's capital Bamako. Jan Jansen’s anthropological studies focus on the relationship between historical discourses and local politics.  

He has published extensively on local systems of education by apprenticeship and has produced - often in collaboration with Malian scholars and local male elites - numerous text editions of oral history accounts. Jan Jansen’s current research project focuses on (gold) mining (in collaboration with Sabine Luning) and he also prepares a study on the 18th and 19th century history of the Mali Empire.

Since 2010 Jan Jansen is (managing) editor of Histotry in Africa - A Journal of Method (published by the African Studies Association). He is a founding editor of African Sources for African History (published by Brill, Leiden) and Mande Worlds (published by LIT Verlag, Munster/Hamburg).

Fellow member
Institute Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University
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