In Memoriam

Ivan Karp Memorial Day in Amukura, western Kenya, Dec. 31, 2011.

Many obituaries and tributes appeared after Ivan Karp’s death in September 2011. Conferences, articles, and books have been dedicated to him, and at the University of New Mexico, the International Business Students Global group of the Anderson School of Management has named one of their ongoing programs the Ivan Karp Emerging Economies Program. In Cape Town, South Africa, the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape is naming postgraduate research awards after him as well.

Memorial events in Ivan Karp’s honor have taken place around the globe. This page includes tributes at several of these events. 


Poem from the Iteso People of Amukura in Memory of Ivan Karp

Ivan Karp Memorial Day was held on December 31, 2011 at the Kamarinyang primary school compound in Amukura in western Kenya, where Ivan based his long-term research about the Iteso people. The praise poem was delivered by Pancras Otwani during the speeches and presentations at the memorial, which was attended by 2,000 people.


Memorial: Celebrating the Life of Ivan Karp

National Museum of African Art
Smithsonian Institution
Washington DC
November 18, 2011

A memorial event for Ivan Karp was held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC on November 18, 2011, during the annual meetings of the African Studies Association. Friends and colleagues at the event remembered and celebrated Ivan Karp’s life. Listen to their tributes >>