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The 82nd "Migration, land struggles, ethnicity and the quest for citizenship in urban and rural Cameroon"

Friday, October 13, 2023, 5:40 p.m. - 7:10 p.m.(JST)


◆Speaker: Prof.Dr.Antoine SOCPA

Fellow 2023 - Canon Foundation-Kyoto University Japan・Africa Exchange Program
Department of Anthropology / Lab. CASS.RT
FALSS - The University of Yaoundé I - Cameroon

◆Title: "Migration, land struggles, ethnicity and the quest for citizenship in urban and rural Cameroon"


 Under this topic, we aim to reflect on issues of land struggles, ethnicity (belonging) and citizenship in Cameroon.

 The data from this presentation are drawn from my previous and current field research and publications on land issues, ethnicity, the democratization process, citizenship, and migration in Cameron over the two decades. In Cameroon, the demands for citizenship, which have long been the concern of urban areas (between so-called indigenous and non-indigenous populations), are also expressed today in remarkably way in rural areas.

 The quest for citizenship in an urban environment for migrants and their villages of origin is based on three obligations: ownership of the "city house" (maison de la ville); ownership of the "village house" (maison du village) and participation in local politics.

This urban-rural continuum and its social and political implications threaten Cameroonian villages' social and political stability.

 The revenge of the villagers against their brothers (the city dwellers) who returned to settle in the homeland after their retirement tends to demonstrate to what extent ethnic links can be precarious and fragile.

◆Date & Time: October 13th 2023 (Fri) 17:40~19:10(JST) / 8:40~10:10(GMT)

Onsite (Room115 at Research and Lecture Bldg., Tokyo University of Foreign Studies) & Online (Zoom Meeting)

◆Language: English

◆Admission: Free

Pre-registration is required. Pre-registration Form 
Please scan the QR code or visit African Studies Center's HP for registration by Oct. 11st(Wed).

The application will be closed as soon as the capacity reaches 30 for onsite and 300 for online.

We will send the Zoom Meeting information to the registered email address by Oct. 13, 2023 in the morning.

◆Jointly organized by African Studies Center - TUFS and Kanto branch of Japan Association for African Studies