SENEGAL-UNIVERSITIES-OBITUARY / Death of Momar-Coumba Diop: Cheikh-Anta-Diop University regrets the death of a ”fertile and discreet intellectual” – Senegalese Press Agency

SENEGAL-UNIVERSITIES-OBITUARY / Death of Momar-Coumba Diop: Cheikh-Anta-Diop University regrets the death of a ”fertile and discreet intellectual” – Senegalese Press Agency
SENEGAL-UNIVERSITIES-OBITUARY / Death of Momar-Coumba Diop: Cheikh-Anta-Diop University regrets the death of a ”fertile and discreet intellectual” – Senegalese Press Agency

Dakar, July 8 (APS) – Senegalese academic and sociologist Momar-Coumba Diop, who died Sunday in Paris at the age of 73, was “a distinguished researcher and a rigorous scientific editor, a fertile, powerful and discreet intellectual,” said Cheikh-Anta-Diop University (UCAD), where he had worked for more than four decades.

He taught sociology at UCAD (1981-1987), before joining the Fundamental Institute of Black Africa (IFAN) of the same university, as a researcher.

After completing a doctoral thesis in 1980 at the University of Lyon II, France, on religious brotherhoods, Momar-Coumba Diop led several research teams. He supervised the work of many researchers. His work focused on religious brotherhoods and urban sociology.

Researchers of different generations and nationalities worked under the direction of Momar-Coumba Diop, who contributed considerably to establishing a Senegalese tradition of research in social and historical sciences, UCAD recalls on its website.

The French anthropologist Jean Copans, one of his most assiduous readers, often spoke of the existence of a “Senegalese tradition in social and historical sciences unique in Africa, of which Momar-Coumba Diop is an eminent representative.”

The academic is the editor of several collective works, including ”Senegal: trajectories of a State” (1992), ”Senegal and its neighbors” (1994) and ”Senegal in the information age: technologies and societies” (2003).

The latter focused on the trajectory of contemporary Senegalese society. Momar-Coumba Diop and his co-authors were interested in the place and roles of information technologies, recalls the UCAD website.

In 2023, some forty academics from several African countries contributed to the collective work ”Understanding Senegal and Africa Today” (Karthala), in tribute to the Senegalese sociologist. It was proof of great recognition towards a researcher “who has put himself, for more than forty years, at the service of the production of knowledge, of reflections on the State, the economy, politics, anthropology, culture, society”.

The contributions gathered in this book published under the direction of Boubacar Barry, Ibrahima Thioub, Alfred Ndiaye and Ndiouga Adrien Benga pay tribute to Momar-Coumba Diop. A way of highlighting the contribution of this ”Senegalese academic who, since the end of the 1980s, has directed and organized research that has allowed, through the relevance of their questions, the quality and originality of their results, the establishment of an inventory of contemporary Senegal”, indicates the back cover of the book.

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