Festive book launch Wouter van Beek's Africa memoirs

Wouter van Beek's latest book Thuis in Afrika, een dubbelleven (At home in Africa, a double life) was festively presented on Friday 6 November at the ASC. The book has become a highly personal account of Wouter's life with the Kapsiki in North Cameroon and the Dogon in Mali. During the book launch, former students Geert Mommersteeg and Annemarie Bouman called back fond memories of their former anthropology Professor in Utrecht - Wouter started off at Utrecht University before switching to Tilburg University, where he gave his valedictory lecture on 20 November. Subsequently, Erica Terpstra, former State Secretary of Sports, showed a fragment of her TV show 'Erica op Reis' for which she travelled to the Dogon area where Wouter has done research for many years. After this impressive fragment - where we see Wouter chat with village people in their local language - Wouter presented the first copy of his memoirs to Ms Terpstra. Take a look at the pictures below!

  • Book cover of 'Thuis in Afrika; Een dubbelleven'
  • ASC director Ton Dietz and Wouter van Beek before the book launch.
  • The audience: front row: former student Annemarie Bouman, Wouter van Beek and his daughter and wife.
  • Former student Geert Mommersteeg asking: Waar was Wouter (Where was Wouter?) at several times in history?!
  • Old picture, shown by Mommersteeg, of Wouter van Beek following lectures at university himself.
  • Wouter listening to former student Annemarie Bouman's cheerful memories.
  • Image of a Dogon village in Mali (above), and of a replica of a Dogon village at the Afrika Museum in Berg en Dal (below), where Wouter took his students to show how the Dogon lived.
  • Erica Terpstra highlighting the fact that Wouter looks with an 'anthropologist's eye' at things.
  • Erica Terpstra showing a fragment of her TV show, for which she visited him in Dogon area.
  • Wouter hands over the first copy of his book 'Thuis in Afrika' to Erica Terpstra.