Basile Ndjio

Basile Ndjio is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Douala and currently a Senior Research Fellow at MIASA. He is a former FRIAS Senior Research Fellow (2021-2022) and Marie Curie Fellow of the European Union at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), Princeton University, London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS), The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS), University College London (UCL), Harvard University, University of Cologne, Free University Berlin (FUB), University of Birmingham, and the International Institute for Social History (IISH). He is also affiliated with the Africa Centre for Transregional Research in Freiburg. Prof. Ndjio has been trained in both sociology and anthropology at the University of Yaoundé in Cameroon and the University of Amsterdam, and has published intensely on urban popular culture, urban fashion, gender and sexuality, Chinese sex labour migration, migration and diasporic conditions, West and West African organised crime, African queer studies, urban citizenship, governance and the politics of belonging.

Recent publications:

2023. “Coronavirus, Imagined Location and disenchanted home in Africa”. In Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies ,Vol. 23, No. 1.

2023.”Rhizomic authoritarianism: power, biopolitics and transnational practices in Cameroon”. In Julia Gurol, Alke Jenss, Fabricio Rodriguez, Benjamin Schuetze & Cita Wetterich eds, 'Authoritarian Power and Contestation Beyond the State'. Globalizations, Special Issue, 23 March.

2022. ”Garçons manqués and femmes fortes: ambivalent representation of butch lesbianism in women’s football in Cameroon”. In African Studies Review, vol65, no1, pp. 1-23.

2020. ‘Death without mourning: homosexuality, homo sacer, and bearable loss in Cameroon’. In Africa/ Journal of International African Institute, 90, 5: 152-169.

2018.  ‘Mokoagne moni : l'argent du diable, le don maléfique et la part maudite en Afrique Centrale’. In La Revue du Mauss, Université de Paris Sorbonne, no 52, pp. 197-210.

Fellow member
University of Douala