The Virtual Institute of Mambila Studies seeks to collate and connect the different research and researchers with an interest in the Mambila people of the Nigeria - Cameroon borderland and their neighbours; their languages and the area in which they live. We take a broad view of Mambila, including other groups speaking related languages such as Kwanja, Vute, Wawa, Nizaa, Njerep (3 speakers at last count!) Twendi (35 speakers), Tep, and others. Our research is primarily of an anthropological and linguistic nature; abstracts or full texts of papers are available at the site. The currently available work includes reports on Zeitlyn's research on kinship and language and his annotated version of Meek's early ethnological work in the region, and Connell's comparative linguistic research and work on tone realization in Mambila, as well as a full bibliography of anthropological, linguistic, and related research on Mambila. VIMS was established by David Zeitlyn (anthropology) and Bruce Connell (linguistics). We would welcome your comments addresses below.
The following inline image acts as a link to photographs of the "Physical Institute of Mambila Studies" in Somié, Cameroon which has been the base for much of this research.
The work of a cooperative group doing reforestation work in the area around Somié
Photos from Atta 1980s Some of Riek van Koevorden's photos from Atta taken when working there as a lay missionary in the early 1980s.
Some videos shot around Somié in December 2013. These include communal work to make a new road and dancing at the Protestante church Harvest festival.
At last a solution to all the problems planning Mambila ritual: A calendar showing the Traditional ten day week and the phases of the moon
Online fulltext now available. With the permission of the publisher we now include
the pdf of the following publication:
David Zeitlyn N. Mial & C. Mbe, Trois Etudes sur les Mambila de Somié, Cameroun, Groupe de Recherches sur l'Afrique Francophone, Boston, Mass., 2000. (download size 4.7 MB)
Some Somié produced videos
"Women's sua in Somié 2012" now available online.
Video of Nggwun 2011 and a track from a 2014 album by Jean-Pierre Martino, released 2013. Placed online with the permission of the artist.
The Cameroon National Anthem in Mambila
Sua bo veh a Somie 2016 un film de DJ Ireno The dance of women's sua in Somie village Cameroon in 2016 La dance danse des femmes au Somie, Cameroun
The UNESCO Universal Declaration on Archives now in Mambila
Pages of historical documents captured as jpeg image files
Notes and images from essays written by Mambila geography students in Mubi in the 1970s
Some early files from Cameroon National Archives, Yaounde with material relevant to Mambila Tikar and Kwanja history
2006-2009 Documentation of endangered languages and cultures in the Nigeria-Cameroon borderland
A Kent Anthropology MSc in Ethnobotany, 2009 "Sharing Knowledge Intra-cultural variation of ethnobotanical knowledge and the factors that pattern it in a Mambila community in the Cameroon-Nigeria borderland"
I have been undertaking research with several Cameroonian Studio Photograhers (some covering Mambila villages but others in the Bamiléké area)
photographic studio in Mbouda, West Province (now Region)
The work of Samuel Finlak and Joseph Chila
Exhibition of of Samuel Finlak and Joseph Chila
Long List for the Samuel Finlak and Joseph Chila show
Some examples of how negatives are cropped from prints and negatives from the collection of Yaya Moctar from Mayo Darle
|Chapter One: Introduction||3|
|Chapter Two: Reconstructing Kinship: The Pragmatics of Kin Talk||13|
|Chapter Three: The Implicatures of Everyday Life: Mambila Social Deixis||39|
|Chapter Four: Asking about People, Not about Kin Terms||57|
|Chapter Five: Translation, Anthropology, Kinship||85|
|Chapter Six: The Ethnography of a Mambila Conversation||103|
|Chapter Seven: A Conversation in Somie||115|
|Chapter Eight: Person Referring Expressions in Natural Conversation||155|
|Chapter Nine: Summing up Kin Talk||183|
|Chapter Ten: Conclusions||207|
Results of this project:
Data on Mambila can be found at the following locations:
Academia Verlag, Postfach 1663
D-53734 Sankt Augustin
Reviews of this book may be found in the following sources:
Full text of a monograph on Yamba religion:
"Affliction and Moral Order: Conversations in
Yambaland" by Hermann Gufler MHM
First published 2003
in the CSAC Monographs Series, CSAC, Uninversity of Kent, UK
Other work on Yamba is listed in the Yamba online bibliography
Send Email to David Zeitlyn
Late 2014, a new book written with Roger Just has now appeared:
Excursions in Realist Anthropology. A Merological Approach
ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-6403-9 ISBN-10: 1-4438-6403-X
A sample chapter is online at http://www.cambridgescholars.com/excursions-in-realist-anthropology
Special issue of History and Anthropology on Archives and Futures
Bibliography of David Zeitlyn NB this is no longer updated. For recent publications see the Oxford webpage above
Professor of Social Anthropology (research) Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, 51 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PE, UK
Created July 1995, last modified 1 Feb 2017