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Distinguished African scholar to visit Ohio University


Professor Francis Beng Nyamnjoh of the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, will spend the month of September visiting Ohio University's Center for International Studies and the School of Media Arts and Studies for teaching, lecturing and imagining creative partnerships with OHIO faculty. 

Professor Nyamnjoh is originally from the northwest region of Cameroon, but has now lived and worked all over the continent. His 2014 election to the African Academy of Sciences based in Nairobi is evidence of his wide-ranging interests, his productive scholarship and his links across the African intellectual community. His works in the fields of anthropology, communication and cultural studies have been an important part of the work to de-colonize African research and provide guide posts to Africa’s growing cadre of indigenous social scientists.

Nyamnjoh did his undergraduate and MA training in Cameroon in sociology and political anthropology. His doctoral degree from the University of Leicester in the U.K. was in the sociology of communication. He has taught in Cameroon universities, including Yaoundé and Buea, and was also a faculty member at the University of Botswana. For six years he was director of publications for the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Dakar, Senegal (CODESRIA), presiding over an enterprise that stimulated research projects throughout Africa.

Since 2009 he has been professor of social anthropology at the University of Cape Town and served as chair of that department until this past year. He has published six novels. His social science work includes “Africa’s Media: Democracy and the Politics of Belonging” (2005); “The Disillusioned African (2005), Rights and Politics of Recognition in Africa” (2004, co-editor); The Postcolonial Turn: Reimagining Anthropology and Africa” (2011, co-editor); “Sideways: Mobile Margins and the Dynamics of Communication in Africa” (2013, co-editor), and more than 100 other published articles. He also made a wonderful film on the remarkable impact of the cell phone on rural Africa.

Nyamnjoh’s visit to OHIO is sponsored by the Center for International Studies, the African Studies Program, the Scripps College of Communication and the School of Media Arts and Studies. He will participate in an African Studies seminar, “New Media in Africa,” and will give other lectures during his visit, including Africa Crossroads on Thursday, Sept. 3, at noon in Schoonover 450.

For further information, contact Steve Howard at howard@ohio.edu.

This article was provided by Ohio University’s Center for International Studies.