Dictionary of African Biography, Oxford University Press
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Oxford University Press and the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University would like to announce an ambitious new project, the Dictionary of African Biography (DAB). In the spirit of the Dictionary of National Biography, the American National Biography, and the African American National Biography, all
three published by Oxford University Press, the Dictionary of African Biography will be a major biographical dictionary covering the lives and legacies of notable African men and women from all eras and walks of life. This groundbreaking resource will tell the full story of the African continent through the lives of its people. The initial print edition of the DAB, scheduled for publication in 2011, will include 2,000 entries in five volumes. A further 2,000 entries will be added online.
The General Editors of the project are Henry Louis Gates and Emmanuel Akyeampong of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
As we begin this project, we encourage members of the African studies community to consult our provisional list of entries and to nominate for inclusion the name (s) of any Africans, past or present, not yet on the list. Our provisional list of entries can be accessed at:
Please submit your recommendation of additional names to: firstname.lastname@example.org It would be helpful if you could also supply dates of birth/death, gender, country of origin, and realm of renown (if known) for each name submitted.
Updates concerning our call for contributors, will be available on the DAB website, beginning in the Fall of 2008.
Steven Niven, Executive Editor, Dictionary of African Biography, W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African & African American Research
Robert Repino, Associate Editor Dictionary of African Biography, Oxford University Press
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