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Projet

Africa’s Collective Memory

« Preservation and Transmission of Africa’s Collective Memory – « Preservation and Transmission of Africa’s Collective Memory – African Testimonies and Oral Literature in Early Colonial History »

Part I: « Contribution to Heritage Preservation by Cameroonian Witnesses to ColonialPart I: « Contribution to Heritage Preservation by Cameroonian Witnesses to ColonialHistory throughout the Birth of Modern Cameroon 1884-1916 (Germany in Cameroon)and 1920-1930 (France and Great Britain in Cameroon) », 2015-2018

« Préservation et transmission de la mémoire collective de l’Afrique – Témoignages« Préservation et transmission de la mémoire collective de l’Afrique – Témoignagesafricains et littérature orale pendant les débuts de l’histoire coloniale »

Première partie : « Contribution à la préservation du patrimoine par des témoinsPremière partie : « Contribution à la préservation du patrimoine par des témoinscamerounais de l’histoire lors de la naissance du Cameroun moderne de 1884 à 1916(période de l’Allemagne au Cameroun) et de 1920-1930 (période de la France et de laGrande Bretagne au Cameroun) », 2015-2018

The main objectives

The main objective of the project consists in placing the Cameroonian version of The main objective of the project consists in placing the Cameroonian version ofmodern Cameroon’s birth and evolution from 1884 on as a case study on Africa’s collective memory at the disposal of the public and researchers. It is a matter of filling an important gap in the historiography and the very perception of modern Cameroonthrough the voices of protagonists, witnesses, teachers, church leaders and Cameroonian historians who used their Cameroonian languages to express theirknowledge on the birth and the evolution of Cameroon until 1945. These oral andhandwritten testimonies by Cameroonians constitute early colonial time’s basicdocuments on oral and written African literature in African languages and modernhistory. This objective is supplemented by the preservation of old documents byauthors from the colonizing countries already collected by the Foundation AfricAvenir International in Douala.

The objective in view concretely consists in preserving and putting the following at The objective in view concretely consists in preserving and putting the following atthe disposal of the interested public and researchers irrespective of disciplines:

1. Audio archives on 120 Cameroonians alive throughout the birth of modern1. Audio archives on 120 Cameroonians alive throughout the birth of modernCameroon from 1884 on.

2. Handwritten texts written in Cameroonian languages by the Cameroonian witnesses to history about very varied aspects of Cameroon’s evolution.

3. 300 rare and old books in German, French and English by European authors onthe birth of modern Cameroon and modern Africa, hardcover and digitalversion.

Pour plus d'information : projet "Africa’s Collective Memory"

 

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