9. Nov 2021, 6.00 pm | Campus Gotha, Centre for Transcultural Studies

Ancestral Frontiers? History Maps from Colonial Cameroon

Tuesday Talks
Centre for Transcultural Studies / Perthes Collection
Stephanie Zehnle (Kiel)
Event type

Lecture by Stephanie Zehnle (Kiel) as part of the "Tuesday Talks" series in the winter semester 2021/22 at the Centre for Transcultural Studies / Perthes Collection.


From at least 1908 to 1930, King Njoya (r. 1894–1933) produced numerous maps at his palace of Bamum depicting the kingdom in parts or as a whole. Moreover, he had his country measured and mapped systematically. Navigating through this unsettled age of colonialism in West Africa, King Njoya applied history maps to increase and stabilize his political authority. His Bamum maps neither emphasized the state territory nor the colonial borders, but they referred to their own inherited frontiers which were commemorated and romanticised with cartography.

Information about the event series

Under the title "Tuesday Talks", there will be lectures with discussion every Tuesday from 12 October in the winter semester 2021/22. The series was created in cooperation with the Erfurt Chair of the History of Science, the Göttingen Chair of Modern and Contemporary History, the "Wissensdinge" research initiative, the Thuringian State Agency for Civic Education and the Gotha Collection and Research Network / Gotha Transdigital 2027. Guests can look forward to exciting topics that address the diverse areas of interest and research at the Centre.

The event will begin at 6 pm. To register, please send an email to: Mail to: fkts.gotha@uni-erfurt.de

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