Professional Bio

  • Ph.D., Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada, 2007
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2003
  • B.Sc., Sociology & Anthropology, University of Buea, Cameroon

Research & Scholarship

Fokwang's area of research has focused on the cultures and peoples of West and Southern Africa. He teaches and researches a wide variety of topics including transnational migration, citizenship, associational life, the politics of traditional leadership and democratization, development and globalization, as well as contemporary African youth identities. His diverse interests are united by the anthropological assumption that human beings everywhere are meaning-makers rooted in the steady desire to order their worlds and improve their livelihoods. This assumption is true of Africa as it is of Europe or Asia. However, global forces and agents have often interfered with these processes, prompting new creative enterprises. Fokwang's research in Cameroon and South Africa specifically aim to investigate the ways in which local people come to terms with these translocal forces as well as the internal developments that have shaped their world views, politics, aspirations and imaginaries of the future.

Also an independent ethnographic fimmaker, Fokwang is currently working on his debut documentary examining the lives of young people as agents of communal change in urban Africa.

Articles
Durham, Deborah, Jude Fowkang, and Francis B. Nyamnjoh. 2002. “The Domestication of Hair and Modernised Consciousness in Cameroon: A Critique in the context of Globalisation.” Identity, Culture and Politics, 2: 99-124.

Fokwang, Jude. 2007. “Youth Involvement in Civil Society in Cameroon since 1990.” Africa Insight 37 (3): 308-326.

Fokwang, Jude. 2006. “Engendering Gender Studies in Africa.” CODESRIA Bulletin, (1&2): 65-69.

Fokwang, Jude. 2005. “Cameroonising Anthropology: Some Trends and Implications.” The African Anthropologist Vol. 12 (2): 181-198.

Fokwang, Jude. 2005. “Tribal Innovators? Traditional leadership and Development in Africa.” CODESRIA Bulletin (3&4):41-43

Fokwang, Jude, and Francis B. Nyamnjoh (Eds.). 2005. “Entertaining repression: Music and Politics in Postcolonial Cameroon.” African Affairs 104: 251-274.

Fokwang, Jude. 2003. “Ambiguous Transitions: Mediating Citizenship among Youth in Cameroon.” Africa Development. Vol. XXVIII, (1&2): 76-104.

Books
Fokwang, Jude and Kehbuma Langmia (Eds.). 2011. Society and Change in Bali Nyonga: Critical Perspectives. Bamenda: Langaa Publishers. Co-edited with Kehbuma Langmia.

Fokwang, Jude. 2009. Mediating Legitimacy: Chieftaincy and Democratisation in Two African Chiefdoms. Bamenda: Langaa Publishers.

Book Chapters
Fokwang, Jude. (2009). Student Activism, Violence and the Politics of Higher Education in Cameroon.: A Case Study of the University of Buea (1993-2003). In Donald P Chimanikire (Ed.)Youth and Higher Education in Africa (pp. 9-34). Dakar: CODESRIA.

Fokwang, Jude. (2009). Southern Perspective on Sport-in-Development: A Case Study of Football in Bamenda, Cameroon. In R. Levermore and A. Beacom (eds.) Sport and International Development. Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan.

Fokwang, Jude. (2008). Themes and Legacies: Anthropology’s Trajectories in Cameroon.  In Aleksandar  Boskovic (ed.) Other People’s Anthropologies: Ethnographic Practice on the Margins (Chapter 7, pp 125-141). Oxford, Berghahn Books.

Awards & Recognition

  • Professional Development Fund, Trent University, 2011
  • University of Cape Town Start up Research Grant, 2009
  • African Humanities Program, American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), 2009
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), 2007
  • IDRC Research Alumni Award, 2006
  • Fellow of the Youth and Child Studies Institute, Council for the Development of Social Science
  • Research in Africa (CODESRIA), 2005
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC) Doctoral Research Award, 2005
  • Scace Graduate Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2003
  • Comparative Research Network on Youth and Higher Education in Africa, Council for the
  • Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), 2002
  • Fellowship on African Youth in the Global Age, Social Science Research Council (SSRC), 2001