Jana Frey | 23.08.2018 | 439 Aufrufe | Interviews

Michel Medjo Medjo | "Des places marchandes à la creation des villes-frontières au Sud-Cameroun: enjeux et défis d’une dynamique socioéconomique durable (1963-2008)"

Lisa Maskell Fellowships at Stellenbosch University, South Africa

In 2014, the Gerda Henkel Foundation initiated a scholarship programme supporting young humanities scholars from Africa and Southeast Asia in honour of the foundation's founder, Lisa Maskell. It is the largest international support programme for PhD students in the history of the Foundation. The Lisa Maskell Fellowships aim to strengthen universities in the partner countries, to counter the outflow of qualified young scholars and to ensure the doctoral students enjoy excellent academic training.

In the following months, L.I.S.A. will publish interviews with the Lisa Maskell Fellows from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, in which they will talk about their research projects as well as their experiences during their academic career and the Lisa Maskell fellowship.

This week, we welcome Michel Medjo Medjo from Cameroon. After graduating from the University of Yaoundé, he started his PhD in Sociology with the thesis Des places marchandes à la creation des villes-frontières au Sud-Cameroun: enjeux et défis d’une dynamique socioéconomique durable (1963-2008) at Stellenbosch University in 2018.

Michel Medjo Medjo from Cameroon

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"Researchers in Cameroon do not agree on a universal method"

L.I.S.A.: What is the status of the humanities in Cameroon, your home country?

Michel Medjo Medjo: The humanities in Cameroon lag behind. The multidisciplinary approach exists is theory only. This is a serious methodological problem. Researchers in Cameroon do not agree on a universal method.

L.I.S.A.: Have you ever encountered problems in the realization of your academic career?

Michel Medjo Medjo: I did not encounter problems in my academic career

"Great adventure to revolutionize human sciences in Africa and in my country"

L.I.S.A.: What is your PhD project about and what got you interested in the chosen topic to begin with?

Michel Medjo Medjo: My proposal is to show the influence of ethnicity on border trade, taking the example of the city of Kyé-Ossi located at the junction of the borders between Cameroon, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. We find the same ethnic group in the borders of these three countries. Ethnic solidarity in this region promotes smuggling and informality. This topic is an opportunity for me to involve interdisciplinarity. It integrates history, sociology, geography, economics and political science. Being a historian by training, this subject allows me to swim in other disciplines and to exploit the concept of socio-history. It could be a great adventure to revolutionize human sciences in Africa and in my country.

"The training in Stellenbosch is better organized"

L.I.S.A.: What has your experience at Stellenbosch been like? Have there been any differences to the University of Yaoundé and possibly other institutions you have previously attended?

Michel Medjo Medjo: My experience at Stellenbosch University is appreciable. I learned a lot. Yes, there were differences. The training in Stellenbosch is better organized than the one I received in my country.

L.I.S.A.: What are the opportunities in Cameroon to pursue different degree options (BA/MA/PhD)?

Michel Medjo Medjo: You just have to enroll at the university in a specific field. Have the recommended average to progress.

"To contribute to the evolution of research"

L.I.S.A.: What are your plans concerning your future career once you have obtained your PhD?

Michel Medjo Medjo: To become a teacher-researcher in my country – if the opportunity is offered to me – or elsewhere. To contribute to the evolution of research by committing publications, participating in scientific conference. I wish to put my PhD at the service of the scientific world.

Michel Medjo Medjo has answered the questions in written form.

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