The Association for Africanist Anthropology (AfAA) held its annual business meeting, presentation of awards, Distinguished Lecture, and reception on Thursday, 30 November:
OPEN INVITATION MEMORIAL: ELIZABETH COLSON (1917-2016)
Saturday, 2 December 2017; 4:15 – 6:00 PM
Roosevelt 3 | Marriott | Exhibition Level
Sponsored by: Association for Africanist Anthropology & General Anthropology Division
Professor Elizabeth Colson (1917 – 2016) was known as many things: ethnographer exemplar, Africanist of renown, scholar of displacement and migration, fan of mystery novels, insightful social and political anthropologist, woman pioneer in academia, avid bird watcher, impactful colleague, endurance walker, compelling advisor and teacher, loyal friend. Her anthropological career spanned more than seven decades. This event is an “Open Memorial” for Professor Elizabeth Colson, who died in Zambia on August 3rd, 2016 at the age of 99. We invite all who have thoughts, memories and reflections about the many ways Elizabeth Colson has impacted our: scholarship as anthropologists, Africanists, and social scientists; our professional trajectories as women, teachers and colleagues; and our personal lives through friendship, mentoring and inspiration. Many people knew Elizabeth Colson, many more have been influenced by her work. This is an opportunity for AAA members to recognize and honor the impact of Professor Colson on our intellectual pathways and our personal commitments in the discipline and beyond.