It is about a year now since Patrick Wolfe passed away. He defined the concept and field of “settler colonialism.” Undoubtedly, many on H-World will be familiar with his work. But those who are not, his last book, Traces of History: Elementary Structures of Race (London: Verso, 2016), might be of particular interest to world historians.
Recently at Borealia, we shared two reflections on the life and scholarship of Daniel Vickers, professor of history at the University of British Columbia, who passed away in February 2017. The essays were by former student, now professor at Dalhousie, Jerry Bannister, and recent PhD candidate at UBC, Stephen Hay. Here is a short selection from each of their reflections:
By Jerry Bannister:
Several world history teachers I know appreciate the materials provided by Hans Rosling as valuable teaching tools. I always appreciated his food for thought.
Clayton Dube of USC has pointed me to a second, fuller obituary for Jack Wills that goes into a bit more detail about his contributions to the Chinese and world history fields (including discussion of his earlier books). It is at:
A full obituary for Jack Wills has now been published on the USC website:
"In Memoriam: John “Jack” Wills Jr., 80," by Laura Paisley - January 24, 2017
"A masterful scholar of Chinese history with a broad intellectual vision, Wills was a pillar of strength in the development of East Asian studies at USC."
Jack's passing is indeed a tremendous blow to the field. He was one of the most genuine and supportive people I ever met. I can think of no other senior scholar who went so far out of his way to help, encourage and support junior scholars in the field. It was never about ego with Jack, despite his vast knowledge and erudition. He always wanted to learn more, go further, and make the unexpected connections. Virtually every time we interacted he spent most of the conversation talking about all the exciting work junior scholars were doing to advance the field.
I was saddened to learn recently of the death of Prof. Jack Wills on January 13, 2017.
The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is sad to announce the passing of Professor Valdo Viglielmo, a scholar and translator of Japanese literature who retired in 2002 after 37 years at UH. Please see the following links for more information: