Assistant Professor (tenured)

Official Government Gazette, Issue: 985/10.10.16 τ.Γ
Academic field: Ethnοgraphy of non-Western societies

Οffice: Binio bulding

+30 22510 36316 etsekenis@sa.aegean.gr

Emile Tsékénis was born in Douala (Cameroon). He studied Economics at the University of Montpellier I (France) and Social Anthropology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris). His publications concern the ethnography and the precolonial history of the Cameroon Grassfields. Topics include: the ritual aspects of ‘kingship’ and ‘chiefship’ in precolonial West Africa with an emphasis on the Cameroon Grassfields; the ‘production of locality’ in precolonial Cameroon Grassfields; aspects of personhood and their relation to witchcraft discourses in postcolonial Cameroon Grassfields.


KA-104 Introduction to the Anthropology of sub-Saharan Africa

KA-102 Issues in African Ethnography 1

KA-103 Issues in African Ethnography 2

PA/S-001 Aspects of Personhood in Africa and Melanesia

2017 Personhood, ‘collectives’ and the human-animal distinction: the cases of the Cameroon Grassfields and Madagascar. Anthropologica Canadian Anthropology Society 59 (1): 129-143.

2016. Cooking, swallowing, chewing: ‘culinary semiotics’ and the political economy of witchcraft in the Cameroon Grassfields. Punctum. International Journal of Semiotics 2 (2): 85-105. [Special Issue: Semiotics and Fieldwork: On critical ethnographies. E. Deltsou and F. Tsibiridou (eds.)].​

2016 Cannibal-witches, zombies and the making of an African modernity in the Cameroon Grassfields. Στο E. Deltsou και M. Papadopoulou (επιμ.), Changing Worlds & Signs of the. Selected Proceedings from the 10th International Conference of the Hellenic Semiotics Society: 122-133.

2015 ‘Children are the Food Sent by God’: Culinary Imagery and the Making of Persons in the Cameroon Grassfields. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 21 (2): 330-351.

2011 Sur quelques aspects de la royauté mossi (Yatenga précolonial; Burkina Faso). Anthropos 106 (1): 135-148.

2010c. Kinship values and the production of ‘locality’ in pre-colonial Cameroon Grassfields (West Cameroon). Suomen Antropologi: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society 35 (3): 5-27.

2010b. ‘Gens du pouvoir’/ ‘gens de la terre’: un point de vue Batié (chefferie Grassfields de l’ouest Cameroun). Anthropos 105 (2): 489-502.

2010a. La ‘frontière africaine’ revisitée: ‘ethnogenèse’ dans les Grassfields de l’est (le cas de la chefferie bamiléké de Batié). Canadian Journal of African Studies 44 (1): 142-177.