The whole IPSA family was saddened to learn that Jean Laponce has passed away. Jean Laponce was a true pillar of IPSA/AISP. Of his many contributions and achievements, the development of the International Political Science Review (IPSR), our increasingly influential publication, stands out in particular prominence.
Those who had the privilege of getting to know him personally will remember him for his warm personality, modesty, and constant energy in carrying the IPSA flag forward. Those who may not have met him will recognize his name as a scholar whose contribution to IPSA is recognized by the Meisel-Laponce Award, which was established in 2012 to recognize the contribution of him and John Meisel to the establishment of the IPSR. Additionally, Jean Laponce served successfully as President of IPSA from 1973 to 1976 and made his mark on the association. Jean Laponce’s another important contribution to IPSA was to establish the Research Committee 15 on Political and Cultural Geography and the Research Committee 50 on Language and Politics.
On behalf of the IPSA and the global political science community, we would like to express our deepest condolences to his family and colleagues. We will miss him. May he rest in peace.
Born in Decize sur Loire, Jean Laponce studied at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and at the University of California, Los Angeles. He taught at the University of British Columbia where he was an Emeritus Professor. He also taught at University of Ottawa and at the University Aiki Shukutoku in Nagoya. Member of the IPSA Executive Committee from 1966 to 1972, he was President from 1973 to 1976. He joined John Meisel to co-edit the journal IPSR in 1985. He is the author of The Protection of Minorities, 1961; The Government of France under the Fifth Republic, 1962, People vs Politics, 1970; Left and Right, 1981; Languages and Their Territories, 1984; Loi de Babel et autres régularités des rapports entre langue et politique, 2006; Le Référendum de Souveraineté, 2010. He established, with Jean Gottmann, the IPSA Research Committee 15 - Political and Cultural Geography. He also created the IPSA Research Committee 50 - Language and Politics.