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Dr. Primus M. Tazanu

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Primus finished his PhD in the Institute in December 2011. His thesis (now a book) is titled Being Available and Reachable: New Media and Cameroonian Transnational Sociality.

He demonstrates that although the new media (especially the mobile phone) guarantee and facilitate instant sociality across borders, they do not necessarily lead to understanding or help in gluing transnational social ties for many Cameroonians. This is the main finding of his multi-sited fieldwork conducted in Freiburg (Germany and Buea (Cameroon) on the meaning and uses of the new media in Cameroonian transnational social ties.

Thematic interests

  • New communication media, media and imaginations, transnationalism, migration, mediated relationships, youths, urban anthropology, German colonial history, religion.

Regional interests

  • Cameroon, the Cameroon Grassfields

Recent Publications

Being Available and Reachable: New Media and Cameroonian Transnational Sociality. Bamenda: Langaa RPCIG Publishers.

“They behave as though they want to bring heaven down: Some Narratives on the Visibility of Cameroonian Migrant Youths in Cameroon Urban Space.” In Hans Peter Hahn and Kristin Kastner (eds) Urban Life-worlds in Motions: African Perspectives, Bielefed, Transcript.


‘Border Transgression and the Reordering of Social Relations: The Case of Cameroonian Migrants in Germany.’ Freiburger universitätsblätter Heft 188. Pp 81-92.


(with Bettina Frei) Ethnographic film on the use of new media in Africa ( Wie beept Afrika?)

(With Bettina Frei) ‘Mit der Heimat Verbunden: Per Mobiltelefon Realisieren Migranten Entwicklungsprojekte.’ Afrika-Bulletin Nummer 142 May/June 2011, pp. 8-9.

Curriculum Vitae
Academic Background
2008-2011    PhD in Media Anthropology, University of Freiburg, Germany
International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER), University of Malmo, Sweden.
MA in Development Studies and International Relations. University of Aalborg, Denmark.
B.Sc in Sociology and Anthropology, University of Buea, Cameroon

Work Experience
2012-2013   Postdoc Fellow/guest lecturer, Institute of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Freiburg.
2012              Fellow/guest lecturer, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Buea.
2012              Guest lecturer at the Institute for Social Anthropology, University of Basel.
2003              (Feb-May) Internship at Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC), Ghana. Advocacy and
                        campaigns for the poor and marginalised in Ghana.
1999-2001  Freelance research assistant on social economic development and resettled villages in some
                      Cameroonian forest reserves and a national park (Kurop National Park and Project for the Protection of
                      Forest in Akwaya (PROFA)-Mamfe)