Memorial gathering for Professor Sirkku Kristilina Hellsten

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February 14, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Philosophy, Political Science, Government and Public Service, Diplomacy and International Relations, African History / Studies

Professor Sirkku Kristilina Hellsten [1962 - February 7, 2018] was a leader in the philosophical theory and practice of development ethics and civic education and research in Kenya, Cameroun, Tanzania and Mozambique, communicating with her African colleagues and others all over the world until the day she passed. A senior research fellow of the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, she spent many years at the University of Dar es Salaam and is responsible for spearheading the collaboration which brought the Philosophy & Religious Studies Department into being in 2012, as well as its Masters in Ethics in Governance and Public Service program. Development Ethics projects, working with Finnish Embassies in these countries.  She started the Journal of Global Ethics and nurtured it to its current status as the flagship periodical of its field. She was a founding member of IDEA, the International Development Ethics Association, whose members mourn deeply her shocking departure; few knew she was ill at all.  One of her lasting contribtions has been the creationof a global audience for African experts in ethics and development.  Her ear was ever tuned to the voice of African expertise and the wisdom of African based political culture and values.

On February 14, 2018 the College of Humanities, University of Dar es Salaam will commemorate her life and energy and many gifts that she brought to this University; invited guests extend to the diplomatic community and the directorship of the Tanzania Broadcasting Company which will video the event so that her colleagues abroad can share. 

Scholars around the world share this loss.  Further information about the event can be provided by email from the communicant of this very sad news. 

Contact Info: 

Professor H. Lauer

Dept Philosophy & Religious Studies

College of Humanities

University of Dar es Salaam

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