Assistant Professor (tenured)

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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.

Current Courses

SA-102 Issues in African Ethnography I (elective course)
W/S-001 Aspects of Personhood in Africa and Melanesia (elective seminar)

Courses Taught

SA-102 Issues in African Ethnography (elective course)
SA-103 The Anthropology of sub-Saharan Africa (elective course)
SA-104 Introduction to the Anthropology of sub-Saharan Africa (compulsory course)
SA-106 Issues in African Ethnography II (elective course)
SA-107 Empire, Colonialism, and Africa (elective course)
SA-110 Ethnography of non-Western Societies (elective course)
SA-116 Power, Hierarchy, Authority: A Comparative Approach – India and Africa (elective course)
SA-151 Political Anthropology (compulsory course)
W/S-010 Ethnography of non-western societies (elective seminar)
W/S-057 Issues in African Ethnography (elective seminar)
W/S-063 Issues in African Ethnography Ι (elective seminar)
W/S-064 Issues in African Ethnography ΙΙ (elective seminar)
W/S-085 Borders, Frontiers and Migration (elective seminar taught jointly)
WG-10 Personhood, Gender, and Body: cases studies from Africa and Melanesia (graduate course, MA in Women and Gender)

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.