Review of activities of the DAW Centre for 2015

- From 2nd to 3rd March 2015: Organization of a seminar at the DAW centre for training and capacity building of the CAPAM (Support and promotion of the mining industry) technical staff on the subject: geological technical mining exploration. The seminar was organized by the Cameroonian office of geological exploration that consists of highly qualified trainers mainly being part of the academic community.  The aim was the continuous training of geologists to mineral exploration techniques which should make them more competent by placing them in the context of Cameroon as emerging country by 2035. Cameroon abounds, like other African countries indeed, many natural resources that are considered the foundation of the economy. One challenge to the growth of this sector is the lack of competent human resources. The seminar included lectures and practical training sessions on the field.

- From 5th to 6th March 2015: Organization of a seminar for trainers on the topics "Value Chains through transportation and logistics", "Cooperative systems, regional produce and logistic networks", "Inter-compagny networks" and "Supply chain management . The seminar was held within the framework of the cooperation between the University of Ngaoundere (Cameroon) and the University of Bremen (Germany) and was attended by 20 students from Ngaoundere and 1 student from Bremen. The seminar was the end of a journey that began in Douala the 2nd March and was primarily marked by a series of excursions. The students were supervised by a team of teachers from the two universities, namely Prof. Hans-Dietrich Haasis, Prof. Victor Tsapi and Dr. Irina Dovbischuk.

- Wednesday, 22nd April 2015, from 3.00 to 7:00 p.m.: Projection of the documentary film Les choses et les mots de Mudimbe at the DAW Centre, a film directed by Jean-Pierre Bekolo

- April 2014: Publication by the DAW Centre of the book Pratiques herméneutiques interculturelles. Hommage à Alioune Sow in memory of the eminent professor Alioune Sow.

- Thursday, 7th May 2015: Organization of an academic homage to Professor El-Hadji Alioune Sow by the DAW Centre and the University of Yaounde I.


- Wednesday, 27th May 2015, from 02:30 to 06:00 p.m.: Lecture of the writer Alain Patrice Nganang  in the DAW Centre on the topic "Patrice Nganang as germaniste: perception and influence on his  ?? prose"


- Tuesday, 2nd June 2015, from 09:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m.: Organization of an DAAD  information meeting on studying in Germany in the DAW Centre. The landscape of scientific research in Germany and the foundations that fund research projects in the fields of exact sciences and humanities were presented. Issues relating to the conditions for obtaining scholarships, the duration, the financing options and the various procedures were discussed in different groups.


- Friday, 10th July 2015, from 10:20 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.: first seminar of the Alumni-Denkfabrik for 2015 on "Mastering urbanization in Cameroon. A challenge". The seminar was organized by the DAW Centre in collaboration with the KBK, the Goethe Institute, the DAAD and under the coordination of Professor SIMO. At the seminar, the Alumni-Denkfabrik 2015 project was presented and pools of experts were constituted on the following topics "the city market", "Urbanity and  problems of living together" and "The city and hygiene and health issues." In the end the schedule for the next seminars was communicated.


- Friday, 11th September 2015, from 09:00 a.m. to 05:30 p.m.: The second Alumni Denkfabrik seminar in the conference room of the DAW Centre was held on the subject "The market as a social space and place of commercial transactions. Traditional representations and new possibilities. Development of models." During this seminar the different functions of the traditional and the modern market were presented. The problems associated with the construction and management of markets were identified and solutions have been proposed. Furthermore a typology of cities and market models that correspond with these cities were presented.


- Friday, 18th September 2015 from 09:00 a.m. to 05:30 p.m.: Under the direction of Prof. SIMO the third Alumni Denkfabrik seminar on "City and the problems of living together. Stakes, challenges and models of solutions" was held in the DAW Centre. This interdisciplinary seminar was attended by urban planners, geographers, germanists, biologists, anthropologists and lawyers and was marked by three high points, including two presentations, debates and the synthesis. The presentations and discussions were organized around the following questions: How can the perceptible difference in major cities of Cameroon be designed, (re) thought and managed? What strategies are to be developed in order to prevent conflicts between individuals and which factors can garantue a harmonious living together?


- Friday, 25th September 2015, from 09:00 a.m. to 05:30 p.m.: The fourth Alumni-Denkfabrik seminar was held in the DAW Centre on "The city and hygiene and health problems. Models of solutions." The seminar, which was attended by biotechnologists, biologists, doctors, biogeographers and lawyers, took place around the following highlights: a presentation, a debate, the synthesis and prospects. At the seminar the important points to consider when talking about health and hygiene in a city were clearly identified.


- Friday, 27th November 2015, from 09:00 a.m. to 05:30 p.m.: At the last Alumni-Denkfabrik seminar on behalf of 2015 the prospects were projected.  The need to develop other platforms, other aims and other strategies and methods around a larger project was discussed. So the Alumni-Denkfabrik

Review of activities for 2013

January

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2012): collection of expert’s manuscripts, set up of a reading committee


New Alumni-Denkfabrik project (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in motion. (Duration: 1 year)
- Project Development
- Discussion with the Goethe Institute on the modalities of its implementation
- Agreement on execution


While in the scientific and public discourse culture and especially artistic production is still perceived in a given space – either the nation, the ethnic group or the continent, the reality of life and of artistic production is another. Most of the artists are in constant movement between their place of birth and other spaces that are often located beyond their country and even their continent. This mobility is due to several factors. Can we imagine that this has no significant impact on their creation? Can we imagine that it has no impact on their perception of the territories that they often continue to identify with? In that era of the globalization and the movement of people, images and the values ​​they imply. It is important to talk with the artists in order to understand how they perceive their artistic practice, which identities they construct and how they see their role in the different areas they cover either their original spaces, spaces where they live or transnational spaces they create. The project aimed therefore to establish the relationship between culture and the development of sensibilities, the perception of the experience and the projections of the artists themselves. Therefore, this is to make visible the way artists see their being, this world and the future of the world.


The target of this project is comprised of musicians, filmmakers, visual artists, fashion designers, writers ... who lead a life between their countries and other backgrounds, especially Germany. It will also address creative artists, publishers and arts managers.


  1. The artists were approached in their place of residence in the mode of free expression, directed interviews or their life stories.
    b. They had the opportunity to express themselves artistically (exhibitions, concerts, openings, fashion shows ...): Through this artistic expression, their previously recorded speech was made available to the public.
    c. They had within the context of a moderated debate the opportunity to discuss with journalists and the public about their creation and their speech.


January 16th: Conference with Prof. Ute Fendler (University Bayreuth) Intermediality, transmediality. Target audience: Master and Doctoral students of Arts (German Studies, Cinema and History of Art).


After the establishment of the Digital Library of the DAW-Centre: Voting meeting with computer specialists and documentarists. Contacting employees of the calculation Centre of the University of Yaoundé 1. Purpose: creation of an IP address.

Continuation of the setting up and equipment of the AGNES rooms within the DAW-Centre: management of the AGNES website.


February

Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): proofreading of the manuscripts, formatting of various texts, contact making with a publishing house for a cost estimate.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


After the establishment of the Digital Library: Meeting with the head of the documentary service of the Goethe Institute. Project evaluation and data transfer possibilities


Continuation of the setting up and equipment of the AGNES rooms within the DAW-Centre: management of the website of AGNES.


March

5th March: Regular meeting of the National Scientific Council of the DAW-Centre. Agenda:
- Review of the year 2012
- Adoption of the programme for 2013


7th March: Conference of Nadine Golly (Sociologist, University of Lüneburg, Germany). Subject: Black German scholarly and culturally traditions, inspirations and interventions in (post) colonial Germany. Target audience: Master students of the first and second year with the specialization: German Civilization.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): reviewers' reports and suggestions for text revision  


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


Continuation of the development of the Digital library: contact making with other partner libraries.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: Meeting of German institutions represented in Cameroon for the sponsorship and project funding


DAW Newsletter: Publication of the first edition.


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Evaluation of the data collection on the idea of the state in Cameroon


Doctoral colloquium FALSH / DAW / ESSTIC: Media and cultural globalisation.
In recent debates on globalisation, the media appear more and more as one of the key factors that determine the speed, direction and range of globalisation. As supporter and mirror, space and means of globalisation, their analysis is likely to offer a unique perspective to understand the strengths, strategies and forms that shape the changing world. If the American anthropologist Arjun Appadurai distinguishes five main landscapes or spaces, in which the globalised world is configured and cites the media as one of these spaces (media-capes). Alongside other like ethnos-capes (the movement of individuals and groups, forced and free migrants, etc. ...), the technoscapes (uneven flow of technology), the finances-capes (capital flows), the ideoscapes (flow of ideologies of different actors), we must recognize that all these other spaces operate or are made possible by the media.
To think of the world of today and to think of culture means to think of the media and vice versa. The seminar brought out the centrality of the media in global flows by analyzing the connection that exists today more than yesterday between globalisation and culture. The colloquium mainly dealed with the following subjects:


  1. Theoretical aspects
    - The idea of a science of the imaginary and the contribution of media science and its effects
    - Theoretical models of cultural globalisation

  2. Medias-capes
    Forms, functions and media strategies in the era of globalisation (Actors and structures, mainstream media and alternative media ...)

  3. Ideoscapes and media
    - Media as a place of expression and dissemination of state ideologies, institutions, religions
    - Media and spaces: national, regional and transnational spaces.

  4. Ethnoscapes and media
    -Communities and media: self-representation and representation of others - proximity and distances,
    -Constructions of identity and problems of recognition

  5. Media and international circulation of cultural products: homogenizing and heterogonizing logics.


    April

    Participation in an AGNES workshop in South Africa from the 19th to 23rd of April 2013. During this workshop, the Humboldtians who were selected for the AGNES Junior Scientist Award discussed the preparation of their candidates for the postdoc programme of the Humboldt Foundation.


Continuation of the development of the Digital library:  contact making with other partner digital libraries.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2012): finalization of the texts for publication, organization of the work.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: Identification of sites and archives of the German colonial period, constitution of a working group


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Proofreading of transcripts made by students, evaluation of raw data.


May

Introducing the Digital Library to the Cameroonian and international public


Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): Delivery of the manuscript to the editor


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: artists in movement
Digital Library: Supply, maintenance and administration


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: acquisition of equipment, administrative work and contact-making, training seminar for transcription and digitalization of the archives.


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Voting on the local evaluation of data: possibility of the organization of a seminar with some informants.


Organization of a conference in cooperation with the Laboratory of Excellence Cultural transfers in Paris.
- Conference of Fréderic Barbier (ENS / Paris), literary historian and historian of the book industry in Germany in the 19th century. Conference theme: The history of the book and of reading in Germany.  Audience: Students of the master and doctorate cycles: Literature and Civilization (FALSH).


June

Seminar: What is the use of literary studies Concept of the seminar?

At the time when everyone is talking about the professionalization of university education, it may seem as if there is a gap between literary studies and the demands of the hour. Must we think then that these studies do not fit the new paradigms of education and training, which seem necessary?


Indeed, we see that the responsible persons for these disciplines react with embarrassment when it is ordered to provide professional masters or courses leading to specific occupations. It therefore becomes imperative to re-legitimize literary studies and to refind them so that so that the competences they promote become clearly visible. Maybe the notion of professionalization loses its apparent clearness and transparency in this process. This will be the occasion to remove certain ambiguities.
A debate on the foundations, functions and requirements of literary studies would reframe certain basic goals of the intellectual education and at the same time, it would bring up a whole range of professions, which, in our socio-economic and political context where we have a severe lack of imagination, remain invisible. An example: Who is responsible for the protection and the management of manuscripts and other documents left by Mongo Beti, René Philombe or Francis Bebey etc.? No one seems to realize that they are part of the valuable intellectual and cultural heritage of our country and our continent. A heritage whose preservation and sustainability requires a range of skills that are only given by literary studies.
The seminar gave the opportunity to think or rethink the scientific and critical work on imaginative and creative productions from here and elsewhere, to re-specify their importance in the process of self-projection, self-elevation, self-creation and self-survival. It was also the opportunity to review the various skills, which lead this intellectual work. The seminar showed the indispensability of these skills for the management, the organization, the ongoing evaluation and the changing of our imagination, our creativity.  They are also indispensable for the various institutions of production, distribution or spreading of images and values that create historical and spatial unity and that found us as people, as a community or as a nation.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: Open doors for students in research cycle: introduction to the use of this tool, information on the potential of digital information resources in scientific research.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period: probable beginning of transcription and digitalizing operations.
Changing stateness in Africa: probable organization of a seminar, space for discussions on the perception of the state in Cameroon.


July

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: Supply, maintenance and administration


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (continuation)


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Elaboration of speeches held in the seminar.


September


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement

digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)


Changing stateness in Africa: Proofreading of texts and preparation for publication.


October

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)


November

Joint congress with the GAS-Verband and the SAGV in the DAW-Centre in Yaoundé (congress theme, participants and the exact date to be confirmed)


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continued)


Workshop: Comparison as method in humanities



December

Organization of a conference in cooperation with the Laboratory of Excellence Cultural transfers in Paris.
Isabelle Kalinowsky (ENS / Paris), cultural and artistic history: socio-historical and aesthetic criticism: History of their constitution and their combination possibilities. Target Audience: Students of master and doctorate cycles: Literature and Civilization (FALSH)

Alumni-Denkfabrik 2013: Project completion: Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in  movement


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)

Review of activities for 2013

January

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2012): collection of expert’s manuscripts, set up of a reading committee


New Alumni-Denkfabrik project (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in motion. (Duration: 1 year)
- Project Development
- Discussion with the Goethe Institute on the modalities of its implementation
- Agreement on execution


While in the scientific and public discourse culture and especially artistic production is still perceived in a given space – either the nation, the ethnic group or the continent, the reality of life and of artistic production is another. Most of the artists are in constant movement between their place of birth and other spaces that are often located beyond their country and even their continent. This mobility is due to several factors. Can we imagine that this has no significant impact on their creation? Can we imagine that it has no impact on their perception of the territories that they often continue to identify with? In that era of the globalization and the movement of people, images and the values ​​they imply. It is important to talk with the artists in order to understand how they perceive their artistic practice, which identities they construct and how they see their role in the different areas they cover either their original spaces, spaces where they live or transnational spaces they create. The project aimed therefore to establish the relationship between culture and the development of sensibilities, the perception of the experience and the projections of the artists themselves. Therefore, this is to make visible the way artists see their being, this world and the future of the world.


The target of this project is comprised of musicians, filmmakers, visual artists, fashion designers, writers ... who lead a life between their countries and other backgrounds, especially Germany. It will also address creative artists, publishers and arts managers.


  1. The artists were approached in their place of residence in the mode of free expression, directed interviews or their life stories.
    b. They had the opportunity to express themselves artistically (exhibitions, concerts, openings, fashion shows ...): Through this artistic expression, their previously recorded speech was made available to the public.
    c. They had within the context of a moderated debate the opportunity to discuss with journalists and the public about their creation and their speech.


January 16th: Conference with Prof. Ute Fendler (University Bayreuth) Intermediality, transmediality. Target audience: Master and Doctoral students of Arts (German Studies, Cinema and History of Art).


After the establishment of the Digital Library of the DAW-Centre: Voting meeting with computer specialists and documentarists. Contacting employees of the calculation Centre of the University of Yaoundé 1. Purpose: creation of an IP address.

Continuation of the setting up and equipment of the AGNES rooms within the DAW-Centre: management of the AGNES website.


February

Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): proofreading of the manuscripts, formatting of various texts, contact making with a publishing house for a cost estimate.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


After the establishment of the Digital Library: Meeting with the head of the documentary service of the Goethe Institute. Project evaluation and data transfer possibilities


Continuation of the setting up and equipment of the AGNES rooms within the DAW-Centre: management of the website of AGNES.


March

5th March: Regular meeting of the National Scientific Council of the DAW-Centre. Agenda:
- Review of the year 2012
- Adoption of the programme for 2013


7th March: Conference of Nadine Golly (Sociologist, University of Lüneburg, Germany). Subject: Black German scholarly and culturally traditions, inspirations and interventions in (post) colonial Germany. Target audience: Master students of the first and second year with the specialization: German Civilization.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): reviewers' reports and suggestions for text revision  


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


Continuation of the development of the Digital library: contact making with other partner libraries.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: Meeting of German institutions represented in Cameroon for the sponsorship and project funding


DAW Newsletter: Publication of the first edition.


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Evaluation of the data collection on the idea of the state in Cameroon


Doctoral colloquium FALSH / DAW / ESSTIC: Media and cultural globalisation.
In recent debates on globalisation, the media appear more and more as one of the key factors that determine the speed, direction and range of globalisation. As supporter and mirror, space and means of globalisation, their analysis is likely to offer a unique perspective to understand the strengths, strategies and forms that shape the changing world. If the American anthropologist Arjun Appadurai distinguishes five main landscapes or spaces, in which the globalised world is configured and cites the media as one of these spaces (media-capes). Alongside other like ethnos-capes (the movement of individuals and groups, forced and free migrants, etc. ...), the technoscapes (uneven flow of technology), the finances-capes (capital flows), the ideoscapes (flow of ideologies of different actors), we must recognize that all these other spaces operate or are made possible by the media.
To think of the world of today and to think of culture means to think of the media and vice versa. The seminar brought out the centrality of the media in global flows by analyzing the connection that exists today more than yesterday between globalisation and culture. The colloquium mainly dealed with the following subjects:


  1. Theoretical aspects
    - The idea of a science of the imaginary and the contribution of media science and its effects
    - Theoretical models of cultural globalisation

  2. Medias-capes
    Forms, functions and media strategies in the era of globalisation (Actors and structures, mainstream media and alternative media ...)

  3. Ideoscapes and media
    - Media as a place of expression and dissemination of state ideologies, institutions, religions
    - Media and spaces: national, regional and transnational spaces.

  4. Ethnoscapes and media
    -Communities and media: self-representation and representation of others - proximity and distances,
    -Constructions of identity and problems of recognition

  5. Media and international circulation of cultural products: homogenizing and heterogonizing logics.


    April

    Participation in an AGNES workshop in South Africa from the 19th to 23rd of April 2013. During this workshop, the Humboldtians who were selected for the AGNES Junior Scientist Award discussed the preparation of their candidates for the postdoc programme of the Humboldt Foundation.


Continuation of the development of the Digital library:  contact making with other partner digital libraries.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2012): finalization of the texts for publication, organization of the work.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: Identification of sites and archives of the German colonial period, constitution of a working group


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Proofreading of transcripts made by students, evaluation of raw data.


May

Introducing the Digital Library to the Cameroonian and international public


Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): Delivery of the manuscript to the editor


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: artists in movement
Digital Library: Supply, maintenance and administration


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: acquisition of equipment, administrative work and contact-making, training seminar for transcription and digitalization of the archives.


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Voting on the local evaluation of data: possibility of the organization of a seminar with some informants.


Organization of a conference in cooperation with the Laboratory of Excellence Cultural transfers in Paris.
- Conference of Fréderic Barbier (ENS / Paris), literary historian and historian of the book industry in Germany in the 19th century. Conference theme: The history of the book and of reading in Germany.  Audience: Students of the master and doctorate cycles: Literature and Civilization (FALSH).


June

Seminar: What is the use of literary studies Concept of the seminar?

At the time when everyone is talking about the professionalization of university education, it may seem as if there is a gap between literary studies and the demands of the hour. Must we think then that these studies do not fit the new paradigms of education and training, which seem necessary?


Indeed, we see that the responsible persons for these disciplines react with embarrassment when it is ordered to provide professional masters or courses leading to specific occupations. It therefore becomes imperative to re-legitimize literary studies and to refind them so that so that the competences they promote become clearly visible. Maybe the notion of professionalization loses its apparent clearness and transparency in this process. This will be the occasion to remove certain ambiguities.
A debate on the foundations, functions and requirements of literary studies would reframe certain basic goals of the intellectual education and at the same time, it would bring up a whole range of professions, which, in our socio-economic and political context where we have a severe lack of imagination, remain invisible. An example: Who is responsible for the protection and the management of manuscripts and other documents left by Mongo Beti, René Philombe or Francis Bebey etc.? No one seems to realize that they are part of the valuable intellectual and cultural heritage of our country and our continent. A heritage whose preservation and sustainability requires a range of skills that are only given by literary studies.
The seminar gave the opportunity to think or rethink the scientific and critical work on imaginative and creative productions from here and elsewhere, to re-specify their importance in the process of self-projection, self-elevation, self-creation and self-survival. It was also the opportunity to review the various skills, which lead this intellectual work. The seminar showed the indispensability of these skills for the management, the organization, the ongoing evaluation and the changing of our imagination, our creativity.  They are also indispensable for the various institutions of production, distribution or spreading of images and values that create historical and spatial unity and that found us as people, as a community or as a nation.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: Open doors for students in research cycle: introduction to the use of this tool, information on the potential of digital information resources in scientific research.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period: probable beginning of transcription and digitalizing operations.
Changing stateness in Africa: probable organization of a seminar, space for discussions on the perception of the state in Cameroon.


July

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: Supply, maintenance and administration


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (continuation)


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Elaboration of speeches held in the seminar.


September


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement

digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)


Changing stateness in Africa: Proofreading of texts and preparation for publication.


October

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)


November

Joint congress with the GAS-Verband and the SAGV in the DAW-Centre in Yaoundé (congress theme, participants and the exact date to be confirmed)


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continued)


Workshop: Comparison as method in humanities



December

Organization of a conference in cooperation with the Laboratory of Excellence Cultural transfers in Paris.
Isabelle Kalinowsky (ENS / Paris), cultural and artistic history: socio-historical and aesthetic criticism: History of their constitution and their combination possibilities. Target Audience: Students of master and doctorate cycles: Literature and Civilization (FALSH)

Alumni-Denkfabrik 2013: Project completion: Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in  movement


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)

Review of activities for 2013

January

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2012): collection of expert’s manuscripts, set up of a reading committee


New Alumni-Denkfabrik project (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in motion. (Duration: 1 year)
- Project Development
- Discussion with the Goethe Institute on the modalities of its implementation
- Agreement on execution


While in the scientific and public discourse culture and especially artistic production is still perceived in a given space – either the nation, the ethnic group or the continent, the reality of life and of artistic production is another. Most of the artists are in constant movement between their place of birth and other spaces that are often located beyond their country and even their continent. This mobility is due to several factors. Can we imagine that this has no significant impact on their creation? Can we imagine that it has no impact on their perception of the territories that they often continue to identify with? In that era of the globalization and the movement of people, images and the values ​​they imply. It is important to talk with the artists in order to understand how they perceive their artistic practice, which identities they construct and how they see their role in the different areas they cover either their original spaces, spaces where they live or transnational spaces they create. The project aimed therefore to establish the relationship between culture and the development of sensibilities, the perception of the experience and the projections of the artists themselves. Therefore, this is to make visible the way artists see their being, this world and the future of the world.


The target of this project is comprised of musicians, filmmakers, visual artists, fashion designers, writers ... who lead a life between their countries and other backgrounds, especially Germany. It will also address creative artists, publishers and arts managers.


  1. The artists were approached in their place of residence in the mode of free expression, directed interviews or their life stories.
    b. They had the opportunity to express themselves artistically (exhibitions, concerts, openings, fashion shows ...): Through this artistic expression, their previously recorded speech was made available to the public.
    c. They had within the context of a moderated debate the opportunity to discuss with journalists and the public about their creation and their speech.


January 16th: Conference with Prof. Ute Fendler (University Bayreuth) Intermediality, transmediality. Target audience: Master and Doctoral students of Arts (German Studies, Cinema and History of Art).


After the establishment of the Digital Library of the DAW-Centre: Voting meeting with computer specialists and documentarists. Contacting employees of the calculation Centre of the University of Yaoundé 1. Purpose: creation of an IP address.

Continuation of the setting up and equipment of the AGNES rooms within the DAW-Centre: management of the AGNES website.


February

Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): proofreading of the manuscripts, formatting of various texts, contact making with a publishing house for a cost estimate.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


After the establishment of the Digital Library: Meeting with the head of the documentary service of the Goethe Institute. Project evaluation and data transfer possibilities


Continuation of the setting up and equipment of the AGNES rooms within the DAW-Centre: management of the website of AGNES.


March

5th March: Regular meeting of the National Scientific Council of the DAW-Centre. Agenda:
- Review of the year 2012
- Adoption of the programme for 2013


7th March: Conference of Nadine Golly (Sociologist, University of Lüneburg, Germany). Subject: Black German scholarly and culturally traditions, inspirations and interventions in (post) colonial Germany. Target audience: Master students of the first and second year with the specialization: German Civilization.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): reviewers' reports and suggestions for text revision  


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


Continuation of the development of the Digital library: contact making with other partner libraries.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: Meeting of German institutions represented in Cameroon for the sponsorship and project funding


DAW Newsletter: Publication of the first edition.


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Evaluation of the data collection on the idea of the state in Cameroon


Doctoral colloquium FALSH / DAW / ESSTIC: Media and cultural globalisation.
In recent debates on globalisation, the media appear more and more as one of the key factors that determine the speed, direction and range of globalisation. As supporter and mirror, space and means of globalisation, their analysis is likely to offer a unique perspective to understand the strengths, strategies and forms that shape the changing world. If the American anthropologist Arjun Appadurai distinguishes five main landscapes or spaces, in which the globalised world is configured and cites the media as one of these spaces (media-capes). Alongside other like ethnos-capes (the movement of individuals and groups, forced and free migrants, etc. ...), the technoscapes (uneven flow of technology), the finances-capes (capital flows), the ideoscapes (flow of ideologies of different actors), we must recognize that all these other spaces operate or are made possible by the media.
To think of the world of today and to think of culture means to think of the media and vice versa. The seminar brought out the centrality of the media in global flows by analyzing the connection that exists today more than yesterday between globalisation and culture. The colloquium mainly dealed with the following subjects:


  1. Theoretical aspects
    - The idea of a science of the imaginary and the contribution of media science and its effects
    - Theoretical models of cultural globalisation

  2. Medias-capes
    Forms, functions and media strategies in the era of globalisation (Actors and structures, mainstream media and alternative media ...)

  3. Ideoscapes and media
    - Media as a place of expression and dissemination of state ideologies, institutions, religions
    - Media and spaces: national, regional and transnational spaces.

  4. Ethnoscapes and media
    -Communities and media: self-representation and representation of others - proximity and distances,
    -Constructions of identity and problems of recognition

  5. Media and international circulation of cultural products: homogenizing and heterogonizing logics.


    April

    Participation in an AGNES workshop in South Africa from the 19th to 23rd of April 2013. During this workshop, the Humboldtians who were selected for the AGNES Junior Scientist Award discussed the preparation of their candidates for the postdoc programme of the Humboldt Foundation.


Continuation of the development of the Digital library:  contact making with other partner digital libraries.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2012): finalization of the texts for publication, organization of the work.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: Identification of sites and archives of the German colonial period, constitution of a working group


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Proofreading of transcripts made by students, evaluation of raw data.


May

Introducing the Digital Library to the Cameroonian and international public


Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): Delivery of the manuscript to the editor


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: artists in movement
Digital Library: Supply, maintenance and administration


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: acquisition of equipment, administrative work and contact-making, training seminar for transcription and digitalization of the archives.


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Voting on the local evaluation of data: possibility of the organization of a seminar with some informants.


Organization of a conference in cooperation with the Laboratory of Excellence Cultural transfers in Paris.
- Conference of Fréderic Barbier (ENS / Paris), literary historian and historian of the book industry in Germany in the 19th century. Conference theme: The history of the book and of reading in Germany.  Audience: Students of the master and doctorate cycles: Literature and Civilization (FALSH).


June

Seminar: What is the use of literary studies Concept of the seminar?

At the time when everyone is talking about the professionalization of university education, it may seem as if there is a gap between literary studies and the demands of the hour. Must we think then that these studies do not fit the new paradigms of education and training, which seem necessary?


Indeed, we see that the responsible persons for these disciplines react with embarrassment when it is ordered to provide professional masters or courses leading to specific occupations. It therefore becomes imperative to re-legitimize literary studies and to refind them so that so that the competences they promote become clearly visible. Maybe the notion of professionalization loses its apparent clearness and transparency in this process. This will be the occasion to remove certain ambiguities.
A debate on the foundations, functions and requirements of literary studies would reframe certain basic goals of the intellectual education and at the same time, it would bring up a whole range of professions, which, in our socio-economic and political context where we have a severe lack of imagination, remain invisible. An example: Who is responsible for the protection and the management of manuscripts and other documents left by Mongo Beti, René Philombe or Francis Bebey etc.? No one seems to realize that they are part of the valuable intellectual and cultural heritage of our country and our continent. A heritage whose preservation and sustainability requires a range of skills that are only given by literary studies.
The seminar gave the opportunity to think or rethink the scientific and critical work on imaginative and creative productions from here and elsewhere, to re-specify their importance in the process of self-projection, self-elevation, self-creation and self-survival. It was also the opportunity to review the various skills, which lead this intellectual work. The seminar showed the indispensability of these skills for the management, the organization, the ongoing evaluation and the changing of our imagination, our creativity.  They are also indispensable for the various institutions of production, distribution or spreading of images and values that create historical and spatial unity and that found us as people, as a community or as a nation.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: Open doors for students in research cycle: introduction to the use of this tool, information on the potential of digital information resources in scientific research.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period: probable beginning of transcription and digitalizing operations.
Changing stateness in Africa: probable organization of a seminar, space for discussions on the perception of the state in Cameroon.


July

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: Supply, maintenance and administration


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (continuation)


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Elaboration of speeches held in the seminar.


September


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement

digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)


Changing stateness in Africa: Proofreading of texts and preparation for publication.


October

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)


November

Joint congress with the GAS-Verband and the SAGV in the DAW-Centre in Yaoundé (congress theme, participants and the exact date to be confirmed)


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continued)


Workshop: Comparison as method in humanities



December

Organization of a conference in cooperation with the Laboratory of Excellence Cultural transfers in Paris.
Isabelle Kalinowsky (ENS / Paris), cultural and artistic history: socio-historical and aesthetic criticism: History of their constitution and their combination possibilities. Target Audience: Students of master and doctorate cycles: Literature and Civilization (FALSH)

Alumni-Denkfabrik 2013: Project completion: Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in  movement


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)

Review of activities for 2013

January

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2012): collection of expert’s manuscripts, set up of a reading committee


New Alumni-Denkfabrik project (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in motion. (Duration: 1 year)
- Project Development
- Discussion with the Goethe Institute on the modalities of its implementation
- Agreement on execution


While in the scientific and public discourse culture and especially artistic production is still perceived in a given space – either the nation, the ethnic group or the continent, the reality of life and of artistic production is another. Most of the artists are in constant movement between their place of birth and other spaces that are often located beyond their country and even their continent. This mobility is due to several factors. Can we imagine that this has no significant impact on their creation? Can we imagine that it has no impact on their perception of the territories that they often continue to identify with? In that era of the globalization and the movement of people, images and the values ​​they imply. It is important to talk with the artists in order to understand how they perceive their artistic practice, which identities they construct and how they see their role in the different areas they cover either their original spaces, spaces where they live or transnational spaces they create. The project aimed therefore to establish the relationship between culture and the development of sensibilities, the perception of the experience and the projections of the artists themselves. Therefore, this is to make visible the way artists see their being, this world and the future of the world.


The target of this project is comprised of musicians, filmmakers, visual artists, fashion designers, writers ... who lead a life between their countries and other backgrounds, especially Germany. It will also address creative artists, publishers and arts managers.


  1. The artists were approached in their place of residence in the mode of free expression, directed interviews or their life stories.
    b. They had the opportunity to express themselves artistically (exhibitions, concerts, openings, fashion shows ...): Through this artistic expression, their previously recorded speech was made available to the public.
    c. They had within the context of a moderated debate the opportunity to discuss with journalists and the public about their creation and their speech.


January 16th: Conference with Prof. Ute Fendler (University Bayreuth) Intermediality, transmediality. Target audience: Master and Doctoral students of Arts (German Studies, Cinema and History of Art).


After the establishment of the Digital Library of the DAW-Centre: Voting meeting with computer specialists and documentarists. Contacting employees of the calculation Centre of the University of Yaoundé 1. Purpose: creation of an IP address.

Continuation of the setting up and equipment of the AGNES rooms within the DAW-Centre: management of the AGNES website.


February

Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): proofreading of the manuscripts, formatting of various texts, contact making with a publishing house for a cost estimate.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


After the establishment of the Digital Library: Meeting with the head of the documentary service of the Goethe Institute. Project evaluation and data transfer possibilities


Continuation of the setting up and equipment of the AGNES rooms within the DAW-Centre: management of the website of AGNES.


March

5th March: Regular meeting of the National Scientific Council of the DAW-Centre. Agenda:
- Review of the year 2012
- Adoption of the programme for 2013


7th March: Conference of Nadine Golly (Sociologist, University of Lüneburg, Germany). Subject: Black German scholarly and culturally traditions, inspirations and interventions in (post) colonial Germany. Target audience: Master students of the first and second year with the specialization: German Civilization.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): reviewers' reports and suggestions for text revision  


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


Continuation of the development of the Digital library: contact making with other partner libraries.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: Meeting of German institutions represented in Cameroon for the sponsorship and project funding


DAW Newsletter: Publication of the first edition.


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Evaluation of the data collection on the idea of the state in Cameroon


Doctoral colloquium FALSH / DAW / ESSTIC: Media and cultural globalisation.
In recent debates on globalisation, the media appear more and more as one of the key factors that determine the speed, direction and range of globalisation. As supporter and mirror, space and means of globalisation, their analysis is likely to offer a unique perspective to understand the strengths, strategies and forms that shape the changing world. If the American anthropologist Arjun Appadurai distinguishes five main landscapes or spaces, in which the globalised world is configured and cites the media as one of these spaces (media-capes). Alongside other like ethnos-capes (the movement of individuals and groups, forced and free migrants, etc. ...), the technoscapes (uneven flow of technology), the finances-capes (capital flows), the ideoscapes (flow of ideologies of different actors), we must recognize that all these other spaces operate or are made possible by the media.
To think of the world of today and to think of culture means to think of the media and vice versa. The seminar brought out the centrality of the media in global flows by analyzing the connection that exists today more than yesterday between globalisation and culture. The colloquium mainly dealed with the following subjects:


  1. Theoretical aspects
    - The idea of a science of the imaginary and the contribution of media science and its effects
    - Theoretical models of cultural globalisation

  2. Medias-capes
    Forms, functions and media strategies in the era of globalisation (Actors and structures, mainstream media and alternative media ...)

  3. Ideoscapes and media
    - Media as a place of expression and dissemination of state ideologies, institutions, religions
    - Media and spaces: national, regional and transnational spaces.

  4. Ethnoscapes and media
    -Communities and media: self-representation and representation of others - proximity and distances,
    -Constructions of identity and problems of recognition

  5. Media and international circulation of cultural products: homogenizing and heterogonizing logics.


    April

    Participation in an AGNES workshop in South Africa from the 19th to 23rd of April 2013. During this workshop, the Humboldtians who were selected for the AGNES Junior Scientist Award discussed the preparation of their candidates for the postdoc programme of the Humboldt Foundation.


Continuation of the development of the Digital library:  contact making with other partner digital libraries.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2012): finalization of the texts for publication, organization of the work.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: Identification of sites and archives of the German colonial period, constitution of a working group


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Proofreading of transcripts made by students, evaluation of raw data.


May

Introducing the Digital Library to the Cameroonian and international public


Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): Delivery of the manuscript to the editor


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: artists in movement
Digital Library: Supply, maintenance and administration


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: acquisition of equipment, administrative work and contact-making, training seminar for transcription and digitalization of the archives.


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Voting on the local evaluation of data: possibility of the organization of a seminar with some informants.


Organization of a conference in cooperation with the Laboratory of Excellence Cultural transfers in Paris.
- Conference of Fréderic Barbier (ENS / Paris), literary historian and historian of the book industry in Germany in the 19th century. Conference theme: The history of the book and of reading in Germany.  Audience: Students of the master and doctorate cycles: Literature and Civilization (FALSH).


June

Seminar: What is the use of literary studies Concept of the seminar?

At the time when everyone is talking about the professionalization of university education, it may seem as if there is a gap between literary studies and the demands of the hour. Must we think then that these studies do not fit the new paradigms of education and training, which seem necessary?


Indeed, we see that the responsible persons for these disciplines react with embarrassment when it is ordered to provide professional masters or courses leading to specific occupations. It therefore becomes imperative to re-legitimize literary studies and to refind them so that so that the competences they promote become clearly visible. Maybe the notion of professionalization loses its apparent clearness and transparency in this process. This will be the occasion to remove certain ambiguities.
A debate on the foundations, functions and requirements of literary studies would reframe certain basic goals of the intellectual education and at the same time, it would bring up a whole range of professions, which, in our socio-economic and political context where we have a severe lack of imagination, remain invisible. An example: Who is responsible for the protection and the management of manuscripts and other documents left by Mongo Beti, René Philombe or Francis Bebey etc.? No one seems to realize that they are part of the valuable intellectual and cultural heritage of our country and our continent. A heritage whose preservation and sustainability requires a range of skills that are only given by literary studies.
The seminar gave the opportunity to think or rethink the scientific and critical work on imaginative and creative productions from here and elsewhere, to re-specify their importance in the process of self-projection, self-elevation, self-creation and self-survival. It was also the opportunity to review the various skills, which lead this intellectual work. The seminar showed the indispensability of these skills for the management, the organization, the ongoing evaluation and the changing of our imagination, our creativity.  They are also indispensable for the various institutions of production, distribution or spreading of images and values that create historical and spatial unity and that found us as people, as a community or as a nation.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: Open doors for students in research cycle: introduction to the use of this tool, information on the potential of digital information resources in scientific research.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period: probable beginning of transcription and digitalizing operations.
Changing stateness in Africa: probable organization of a seminar, space for discussions on the perception of the state in Cameroon.


July

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: Supply, maintenance and administration


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (continuation)


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Elaboration of speeches held in the seminar.


September


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement

digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)


Changing stateness in Africa: Proofreading of texts and preparation for publication.


October

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)


November

Joint congress with the GAS-Verband and the SAGV in the DAW-Centre in Yaoundé (congress theme, participants and the exact date to be confirmed)


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continued)


Workshop: Comparison as method in humanities



December

Organization of a conference in cooperation with the Laboratory of Excellence Cultural transfers in Paris.
Isabelle Kalinowsky (ENS / Paris), cultural and artistic history: socio-historical and aesthetic criticism: History of their constitution and their combination possibilities. Target Audience: Students of master and doctorate cycles: Literature and Civilization (FALSH)

Alumni-Denkfabrik 2013: Project completion: Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in  movement


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)

Review of activities for 2013

January

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2012): collection of expert’s manuscripts, set up of a reading committee


New Alumni-Denkfabrik project (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in motion. (Duration: 1 year)
- Project Development
- Discussion with the Goethe Institute on the modalities of its implementation
- Agreement on execution


While in the scientific and public discourse culture and especially artistic production is still perceived in a given space – either the nation, the ethnic group or the continent, the reality of life and of artistic production is another. Most of the artists are in constant movement between their place of birth and other spaces that are often located beyond their country and even their continent. This mobility is due to several factors. Can we imagine that this has no significant impact on their creation? Can we imagine that it has no impact on their perception of the territories that they often continue to identify with? In that era of the globalization and the movement of people, images and the values ​​they imply. It is important to talk with the artists in order to understand how they perceive their artistic practice, which identities they construct and how they see their role in the different areas they cover either their original spaces, spaces where they live or transnational spaces they create. The project aimed therefore to establish the relationship between culture and the development of sensibilities, the perception of the experience and the projections of the artists themselves. Therefore, this is to make visible the way artists see their being, this world and the future of the world.


The target of this project is comprised of musicians, filmmakers, visual artists, fashion designers, writers ... who lead a life between their countries and other backgrounds, especially Germany. It will also address creative artists, publishers and arts managers.


  1. The artists were approached in their place of residence in the mode of free expression, directed interviews or their life stories.
    b. They had the opportunity to express themselves artistically (exhibitions, concerts, openings, fashion shows ...): Through this artistic expression, their previously recorded speech was made available to the public.
    c. They had within the context of a moderated debate the opportunity to discuss with journalists and the public about their creation and their speech.


January 16th: Conference with Prof. Ute Fendler (University Bayreuth) Intermediality, transmediality. Target audience: Master and Doctoral students of Arts (German Studies, Cinema and History of Art).


After the establishment of the Digital Library of the DAW-Centre: Voting meeting with computer specialists and documentarists. Contacting employees of the calculation Centre of the University of Yaoundé 1. Purpose: creation of an IP address.

Continuation of the setting up and equipment of the AGNES rooms within the DAW-Centre: management of the AGNES website.


February

Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): proofreading of the manuscripts, formatting of various texts, contact making with a publishing house for a cost estimate.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


After the establishment of the Digital Library: Meeting with the head of the documentary service of the Goethe Institute. Project evaluation and data transfer possibilities


Continuation of the setting up and equipment of the AGNES rooms within the DAW-Centre: management of the website of AGNES.


March

5th March: Regular meeting of the National Scientific Council of the DAW-Centre. Agenda:
- Review of the year 2012
- Adoption of the programme for 2013


7th March: Conference of Nadine Golly (Sociologist, University of Lüneburg, Germany). Subject: Black German scholarly and culturally traditions, inspirations and interventions in (post) colonial Germany. Target audience: Master students of the first and second year with the specialization: German Civilization.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): reviewers' reports and suggestions for text revision  


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


Continuation of the development of the Digital library: contact making with other partner libraries.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: Meeting of German institutions represented in Cameroon for the sponsorship and project funding


DAW Newsletter: Publication of the first edition.


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Evaluation of the data collection on the idea of the state in Cameroon


Doctoral colloquium FALSH / DAW / ESSTIC: Media and cultural globalisation.
In recent debates on globalisation, the media appear more and more as one of the key factors that determine the speed, direction and range of globalisation. As supporter and mirror, space and means of globalisation, their analysis is likely to offer a unique perspective to understand the strengths, strategies and forms that shape the changing world. If the American anthropologist Arjun Appadurai distinguishes five main landscapes or spaces, in which the globalised world is configured and cites the media as one of these spaces (media-capes). Alongside other like ethnos-capes (the movement of individuals and groups, forced and free migrants, etc. ...), the technoscapes (uneven flow of technology), the finances-capes (capital flows), the ideoscapes (flow of ideologies of different actors), we must recognize that all these other spaces operate or are made possible by the media.
To think of the world of today and to think of culture means to think of the media and vice versa. The seminar brought out the centrality of the media in global flows by analyzing the connection that exists today more than yesterday between globalisation and culture. The colloquium mainly dealed with the following subjects:


  1. Theoretical aspects
    - The idea of a science of the imaginary and the contribution of media science and its effects
    - Theoretical models of cultural globalisation

  2. Medias-capes
    Forms, functions and media strategies in the era of globalisation (Actors and structures, mainstream media and alternative media ...)

  3. Ideoscapes and media
    - Media as a place of expression and dissemination of state ideologies, institutions, religions
    - Media and spaces: national, regional and transnational spaces.

  4. Ethnoscapes and media
    -Communities and media: self-representation and representation of others - proximity and distances,
    -Constructions of identity and problems of recognition

  5. Media and international circulation of cultural products: homogenizing and heterogonizing logics.


    April

    Participation in an AGNES workshop in South Africa from the 19th to 23rd of April 2013. During this workshop, the Humboldtians who were selected for the AGNES Junior Scientist Award discussed the preparation of their candidates for the postdoc programme of the Humboldt Foundation.


Continuation of the development of the Digital library:  contact making with other partner digital libraries.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2012): finalization of the texts for publication, organization of the work.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: Identification of sites and archives of the German colonial period, constitution of a working group


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Proofreading of transcripts made by students, evaluation of raw data.


May

Introducing the Digital Library to the Cameroonian and international public


Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): Delivery of the manuscript to the editor


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: artists in movement
Digital Library: Supply, maintenance and administration


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: acquisition of equipment, administrative work and contact-making, training seminar for transcription and digitalization of the archives.


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Voting on the local evaluation of data: possibility of the organization of a seminar with some informants.


Organization of a conference in cooperation with the Laboratory of Excellence Cultural transfers in Paris.
- Conference of Fréderic Barbier (ENS / Paris), literary historian and historian of the book industry in Germany in the 19th century. Conference theme: The history of the book and of reading in Germany.  Audience: Students of the master and doctorate cycles: Literature and Civilization (FALSH).


June

Seminar: What is the use of literary studies Concept of the seminar?

At the time when everyone is talking about the professionalization of university education, it may seem as if there is a gap between literary studies and the demands of the hour. Must we think then that these studies do not fit the new paradigms of education and training, which seem necessary?


Indeed, we see that the responsible persons for these disciplines react with embarrassment when it is ordered to provide professional masters or courses leading to specific occupations. It therefore becomes imperative to re-legitimize literary studies and to refind them so that so that the competences they promote become clearly visible. Maybe the notion of professionalization loses its apparent clearness and transparency in this process. This will be the occasion to remove certain ambiguities.
A debate on the foundations, functions and requirements of literary studies would reframe certain basic goals of the intellectual education and at the same time, it would bring up a whole range of professions, which, in our socio-economic and political context where we have a severe lack of imagination, remain invisible. An example: Who is responsible for the protection and the management of manuscripts and other documents left by Mongo Beti, René Philombe or Francis Bebey etc.? No one seems to realize that they are part of the valuable intellectual and cultural heritage of our country and our continent. A heritage whose preservation and sustainability requires a range of skills that are only given by literary studies.
The seminar gave the opportunity to think or rethink the scientific and critical work on imaginative and creative productions from here and elsewhere, to re-specify their importance in the process of self-projection, self-elevation, self-creation and self-survival. It was also the opportunity to review the various skills, which lead this intellectual work. The seminar showed the indispensability of these skills for the management, the organization, the ongoing evaluation and the changing of our imagination, our creativity.  They are also indispensable for the various institutions of production, distribution or spreading of images and values that create historical and spatial unity and that found us as people, as a community or as a nation.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: Open doors for students in research cycle: introduction to the use of this tool, information on the potential of digital information resources in scientific research.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period: probable beginning of transcription and digitalizing operations.
Changing stateness in Africa: probable organization of a seminar, space for discussions on the perception of the state in Cameroon.


July

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: Supply, maintenance and administration


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (continuation)


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Elaboration of speeches held in the seminar.


September


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement

digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)


Changing stateness in Africa: Proofreading of texts and preparation for publication.


October

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)


November

Joint congress with the GAS-Verband and the SAGV in the DAW-Centre in Yaoundé (congress theme, participants and the exact date to be confirmed)


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continued)


Workshop: Comparison as method in humanities



December

Organization of a conference in cooperation with the Laboratory of Excellence Cultural transfers in Paris.
Isabelle Kalinowsky (ENS / Paris), cultural and artistic history: socio-historical and aesthetic criticism: History of their constitution and their combination possibilities. Target Audience: Students of master and doctorate cycles: Literature and Civilization (FALSH)

Alumni-Denkfabrik 2013: Project completion: Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in  movement


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)

Review of activities for 2013

January

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2012): collection of expert’s manuscripts, set up of a reading committee


New Alumni-Denkfabrik project (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in motion. (Duration: 1 year)
- Project Development
- Discussion with the Goethe Institute on the modalities of its implementation
- Agreement on execution


While in the scientific and public discourse culture and especially artistic production is still perceived in a given space – either the nation, the ethnic group or the continent, the reality of life and of artistic production is another. Most of the artists are in constant movement between their place of birth and other spaces that are often located beyond their country and even their continent. This mobility is due to several factors. Can we imagine that this has no significant impact on their creation? Can we imagine that it has no impact on their perception of the territories that they often continue to identify with? In that era of the globalization and the movement of people, images and the values ​​they imply. It is important to talk with the artists in order to understand how they perceive their artistic practice, which identities they construct and how they see their role in the different areas they cover either their original spaces, spaces where they live or transnational spaces they create. The project aimed therefore to establish the relationship between culture and the development of sensibilities, the perception of the experience and the projections of the artists themselves. Therefore, this is to make visible the way artists see their being, this world and the future of the world.


The target of this project is comprised of musicians, filmmakers, visual artists, fashion designers, writers ... who lead a life between their countries and other backgrounds, especially Germany. It will also address creative artists, publishers and arts managers.


  1. The artists were approached in their place of residence in the mode of free expression, directed interviews or their life stories.
    b. They had the opportunity to express themselves artistically (exhibitions, concerts, openings, fashion shows ...): Through this artistic expression, their previously recorded speech was made available to the public.
    c. They had within the context of a moderated debate the opportunity to discuss with journalists and the public about their creation and their speech.


January 16th: Conference with Prof. Ute Fendler (University Bayreuth) Intermediality, transmediality. Target audience: Master and Doctoral students of Arts (German Studies, Cinema and History of Art).


After the establishment of the Digital Library of the DAW-Centre: Voting meeting with computer specialists and documentarists. Contacting employees of the calculation Centre of the University of Yaoundé 1. Purpose: creation of an IP address.

Continuation of the setting up and equipment of the AGNES rooms within the DAW-Centre: management of the AGNES website.


February

Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): proofreading of the manuscripts, formatting of various texts, contact making with a publishing house for a cost estimate.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


After the establishment of the Digital Library: Meeting with the head of the documentary service of the Goethe Institute. Project evaluation and data transfer possibilities


Continuation of the setting up and equipment of the AGNES rooms within the DAW-Centre: management of the website of AGNES.


March

5th March: Regular meeting of the National Scientific Council of the DAW-Centre. Agenda:
- Review of the year 2012
- Adoption of the programme for 2013


7th March: Conference of Nadine Golly (Sociologist, University of Lüneburg, Germany). Subject: Black German scholarly and culturally traditions, inspirations and interventions in (post) colonial Germany. Target audience: Master students of the first and second year with the specialization: German Civilization.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): reviewers' reports and suggestions for text revision  


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


Continuation of the development of the Digital library: contact making with other partner libraries.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: Meeting of German institutions represented in Cameroon for the sponsorship and project funding


DAW Newsletter: Publication of the first edition.


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Evaluation of the data collection on the idea of the state in Cameroon


Doctoral colloquium FALSH / DAW / ESSTIC: Media and cultural globalisation.
In recent debates on globalisation, the media appear more and more as one of the key factors that determine the speed, direction and range of globalisation. As supporter and mirror, space and means of globalisation, their analysis is likely to offer a unique perspective to understand the strengths, strategies and forms that shape the changing world. If the American anthropologist Arjun Appadurai distinguishes five main landscapes or spaces, in which the globalised world is configured and cites the media as one of these spaces (media-capes). Alongside other like ethnos-capes (the movement of individuals and groups, forced and free migrants, etc. ...), the technoscapes (uneven flow of technology), the finances-capes (capital flows), the ideoscapes (flow of ideologies of different actors), we must recognize that all these other spaces operate or are made possible by the media.
To think of the world of today and to think of culture means to think of the media and vice versa. The seminar brought out the centrality of the media in global flows by analyzing the connection that exists today more than yesterday between globalisation and culture. The colloquium mainly dealed with the following subjects:


  1. Theoretical aspects
    - The idea of a science of the imaginary and the contribution of media science and its effects
    - Theoretical models of cultural globalisation

  2. Medias-capes
    Forms, functions and media strategies in the era of globalisation (Actors and structures, mainstream media and alternative media ...)

  3. Ideoscapes and media
    - Media as a place of expression and dissemination of state ideologies, institutions, religions
    - Media and spaces: national, regional and transnational spaces.

  4. Ethnoscapes and media
    -Communities and media: self-representation and representation of others - proximity and distances,
    -Constructions of identity and problems of recognition

  5. Media and international circulation of cultural products: homogenizing and heterogonizing logics.


    April

    Participation in an AGNES workshop in South Africa from the 19th to 23rd of April 2013. During this workshop, the Humboldtians who were selected for the AGNES Junior Scientist Award discussed the preparation of their candidates for the postdoc programme of the Humboldt Foundation.


Continuation of the development of the Digital library:  contact making with other partner digital libraries.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2012): finalization of the texts for publication, organization of the work.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: Identification of sites and archives of the German colonial period, constitution of a working group


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Proofreading of transcripts made by students, evaluation of raw data.


May

Introducing the Digital Library to the Cameroonian and international public


Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): Delivery of the manuscript to the editor


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: artists in movement
Digital Library: Supply, maintenance and administration


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: acquisition of equipment, administrative work and contact-making, training seminar for transcription and digitalization of the archives.


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Voting on the local evaluation of data: possibility of the organization of a seminar with some informants.


Organization of a conference in cooperation with the Laboratory of Excellence Cultural transfers in Paris.
- Conference of Fréderic Barbier (ENS / Paris), literary historian and historian of the book industry in Germany in the 19th century. Conference theme: The history of the book and of reading in Germany.  Audience: Students of the master and doctorate cycles: Literature and Civilization (FALSH).


June

Seminar: What is the use of literary studies Concept of the seminar?

At the time when everyone is talking about the professionalization of university education, it may seem as if there is a gap between literary studies and the demands of the hour. Must we think then that these studies do not fit the new paradigms of education and training, which seem necessary?


Indeed, we see that the responsible persons for these disciplines react with embarrassment when it is ordered to provide professional masters or courses leading to specific occupations. It therefore becomes imperative to re-legitimize literary studies and to refind them so that so that the competences they promote become clearly visible. Maybe the notion of professionalization loses its apparent clearness and transparency in this process. This will be the occasion to remove certain ambiguities.
A debate on the foundations, functions and requirements of literary studies would reframe certain basic goals of the intellectual education and at the same time, it would bring up a whole range of professions, which, in our socio-economic and political context where we have a severe lack of imagination, remain invisible. An example: Who is responsible for the protection and the management of manuscripts and other documents left by Mongo Beti, René Philombe or Francis Bebey etc.? No one seems to realize that they are part of the valuable intellectual and cultural heritage of our country and our continent. A heritage whose preservation and sustainability requires a range of skills that are only given by literary studies.
The seminar gave the opportunity to think or rethink the scientific and critical work on imaginative and creative productions from here and elsewhere, to re-specify their importance in the process of self-projection, self-elevation, self-creation and self-survival. It was also the opportunity to review the various skills, which lead this intellectual work. The seminar showed the indispensability of these skills for the management, the organization, the ongoing evaluation and the changing of our imagination, our creativity.  They are also indispensable for the various institutions of production, distribution or spreading of images and values that create historical and spatial unity and that found us as people, as a community or as a nation.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: Open doors for students in research cycle: introduction to the use of this tool, information on the potential of digital information resources in scientific research.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period: probable beginning of transcription and digitalizing operations.
Changing stateness in Africa: probable organization of a seminar, space for discussions on the perception of the state in Cameroon.


July

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: Supply, maintenance and administration


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (continuation)


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Elaboration of speeches held in the seminar.


September


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement

digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)


Changing stateness in Africa: Proofreading of texts and preparation for publication.


October

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)


November

Joint congress with the GAS-Verband and the SAGV in the DAW-Centre in Yaoundé (congress theme, participants and the exact date to be confirmed)


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continued)


Workshop: Comparison as method in humanities



December

Organization of a conference in cooperation with the Laboratory of Excellence Cultural transfers in Paris.
Isabelle Kalinowsky (ENS / Paris), cultural and artistic history: socio-historical and aesthetic criticism: History of their constitution and their combination possibilities. Target Audience: Students of master and doctorate cycles: Literature and Civilization (FALSH)

Alumni-Denkfabrik 2013: Project completion: Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in  movement


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)

Review of activities for 2013

January

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2012): collection of expert’s manuscripts, set up of a reading committee


New Alumni-Denkfabrik project (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in motion. (Duration: 1 year)
- Project Development
- Discussion with the Goethe Institute on the modalities of its implementation
- Agreement on execution


While in the scientific and public discourse culture and especially artistic production is still perceived in a given space – either the nation, the ethnic group or the continent, the reality of life and of artistic production is another. Most of the artists are in constant movement between their place of birth and other spaces that are often located beyond their country and even their continent. This mobility is due to several factors. Can we imagine that this has no significant impact on their creation? Can we imagine that it has no impact on their perception of the territories that they often continue to identify with? In that era of the globalization and the movement of people, images and the values ​​they imply. It is important to talk with the artists in order to understand how they perceive their artistic practice, which identities they construct and how they see their role in the different areas they cover either their original spaces, spaces where they live or transnational spaces they create. The project aimed therefore to establish the relationship between culture and the development of sensibilities, the perception of the experience and the projections of the artists themselves. Therefore, this is to make visible the way artists see their being, this world and the future of the world.


The target of this project is comprised of musicians, filmmakers, visual artists, fashion designers, writers ... who lead a life between their countries and other backgrounds, especially Germany. It will also address creative artists, publishers and arts managers.


  1. The artists were approached in their place of residence in the mode of free expression, directed interviews or their life stories.
    b. They had the opportunity to express themselves artistically (exhibitions, concerts, openings, fashion shows ...): Through this artistic expression, their previously recorded speech was made available to the public.
    c. They had within the context of a moderated debate the opportunity to discuss with journalists and the public about their creation and their speech.


January 16th: Conference with Prof. Ute Fendler (University Bayreuth) Intermediality, transmediality. Target audience: Master and Doctoral students of Arts (German Studies, Cinema and History of Art).


After the establishment of the Digital Library of the DAW-Centre: Voting meeting with computer specialists and documentarists. Contacting employees of the calculation Centre of the University of Yaoundé 1. Purpose: creation of an IP address.

Continuation of the setting up and equipment of the AGNES rooms within the DAW-Centre: management of the AGNES website.


February

Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): proofreading of the manuscripts, formatting of various texts, contact making with a publishing house for a cost estimate.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


After the establishment of the Digital Library: Meeting with the head of the documentary service of the Goethe Institute. Project evaluation and data transfer possibilities


Continuation of the setting up and equipment of the AGNES rooms within the DAW-Centre: management of the website of AGNES.


March

5th March: Regular meeting of the National Scientific Council of the DAW-Centre. Agenda:
- Review of the year 2012
- Adoption of the programme for 2013


7th March: Conference of Nadine Golly (Sociologist, University of Lüneburg, Germany). Subject: Black German scholarly and culturally traditions, inspirations and interventions in (post) colonial Germany. Target audience: Master students of the first and second year with the specialization: German Civilization.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): reviewers' reports and suggestions for text revision  


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


Continuation of the development of the Digital library: contact making with other partner libraries.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: Meeting of German institutions represented in Cameroon for the sponsorship and project funding


DAW Newsletter: Publication of the first edition.


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Evaluation of the data collection on the idea of the state in Cameroon


Doctoral colloquium FALSH / DAW / ESSTIC: Media and cultural globalisation.
In recent debates on globalisation, the media appear more and more as one of the key factors that determine the speed, direction and range of globalisation. As supporter and mirror, space and means of globalisation, their analysis is likely to offer a unique perspective to understand the strengths, strategies and forms that shape the changing world. If the American anthropologist Arjun Appadurai distinguishes five main landscapes or spaces, in which the globalised world is configured and cites the media as one of these spaces (media-capes). Alongside other like ethnos-capes (the movement of individuals and groups, forced and free migrants, etc. ...), the technoscapes (uneven flow of technology), the finances-capes (capital flows), the ideoscapes (flow of ideologies of different actors), we must recognize that all these other spaces operate or are made possible by the media.
To think of the world of today and to think of culture means to think of the media and vice versa. The seminar brought out the centrality of the media in global flows by analyzing the connection that exists today more than yesterday between globalisation and culture. The colloquium mainly dealed with the following subjects:


  1. Theoretical aspects
    - The idea of a science of the imaginary and the contribution of media science and its effects
    - Theoretical models of cultural globalisation

  2. Medias-capes
    Forms, functions and media strategies in the era of globalisation (Actors and structures, mainstream media and alternative media ...)

  3. Ideoscapes and media
    - Media as a place of expression and dissemination of state ideologies, institutions, religions
    - Media and spaces: national, regional and transnational spaces.

  4. Ethnoscapes and media
    -Communities and media: self-representation and representation of others - proximity and distances,
    -Constructions of identity and problems of recognition

  5. Media and international circulation of cultural products: homogenizing and heterogonizing logics.


    April

    Participation in an AGNES workshop in South Africa from the 19th to 23rd of April 2013. During this workshop, the Humboldtians who were selected for the AGNES Junior Scientist Award discussed the preparation of their candidates for the postdoc programme of the Humboldt Foundation.


Continuation of the development of the Digital library:  contact making with other partner digital libraries.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2012): finalization of the texts for publication, organization of the work.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: Identification of sites and archives of the German colonial period, constitution of a working group


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Proofreading of transcripts made by students, evaluation of raw data.


May

Introducing the Digital Library to the Cameroonian and international public


Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): Delivery of the manuscript to the editor


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: artists in movement
Digital Library: Supply, maintenance and administration


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: acquisition of equipment, administrative work and contact-making, training seminar for transcription and digitalization of the archives.


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Voting on the local evaluation of data: possibility of the organization of a seminar with some informants.


Organization of a conference in cooperation with the Laboratory of Excellence Cultural transfers in Paris.
- Conference of Fréderic Barbier (ENS / Paris), literary historian and historian of the book industry in Germany in the 19th century. Conference theme: The history of the book and of reading in Germany.  Audience: Students of the master and doctorate cycles: Literature and Civilization (FALSH).


June

Seminar: What is the use of literary studies Concept of the seminar?

At the time when everyone is talking about the professionalization of university education, it may seem as if there is a gap between literary studies and the demands of the hour. Must we think then that these studies do not fit the new paradigms of education and training, which seem necessary?


Indeed, we see that the responsible persons for these disciplines react with embarrassment when it is ordered to provide professional masters or courses leading to specific occupations. It therefore becomes imperative to re-legitimize literary studies and to refind them so that so that the competences they promote become clearly visible. Maybe the notion of professionalization loses its apparent clearness and transparency in this process. This will be the occasion to remove certain ambiguities.
A debate on the foundations, functions and requirements of literary studies would reframe certain basic goals of the intellectual education and at the same time, it would bring up a whole range of professions, which, in our socio-economic and political context where we have a severe lack of imagination, remain invisible. An example: Who is responsible for the protection and the management of manuscripts and other documents left by Mongo Beti, René Philombe or Francis Bebey etc.? No one seems to realize that they are part of the valuable intellectual and cultural heritage of our country and our continent. A heritage whose preservation and sustainability requires a range of skills that are only given by literary studies.
The seminar gave the opportunity to think or rethink the scientific and critical work on imaginative and creative productions from here and elsewhere, to re-specify their importance in the process of self-projection, self-elevation, self-creation and self-survival. It was also the opportunity to review the various skills, which lead this intellectual work. The seminar showed the indispensability of these skills for the management, the organization, the ongoing evaluation and the changing of our imagination, our creativity.  They are also indispensable for the various institutions of production, distribution or spreading of images and values that create historical and spatial unity and that found us as people, as a community or as a nation.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: Open doors for students in research cycle: introduction to the use of this tool, information on the potential of digital information resources in scientific research.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period: probable beginning of transcription and digitalizing operations.
Changing stateness in Africa: probable organization of a seminar, space for discussions on the perception of the state in Cameroon.


July

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: Supply, maintenance and administration


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (continuation)


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Elaboration of speeches held in the seminar.


September


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement

digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)


Changing stateness in Africa: Proofreading of texts and preparation for publication.


October

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)


November

Joint congress with the GAS-Verband and the SAGV in the DAW-Centre in Yaoundé (congress theme, participants and the exact date to be confirmed)


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continued)


Workshop: Comparison as method in humanities



December

Organization of a conference in cooperation with the Laboratory of Excellence Cultural transfers in Paris.
Isabelle Kalinowsky (ENS / Paris), cultural and artistic history: socio-historical and aesthetic criticism: History of their constitution and their combination possibilities. Target Audience: Students of master and doctorate cycles: Literature and Civilization (FALSH)

Alumni-Denkfabrik 2013: Project completion: Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in  movement


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)

Review of activities for 2013

January

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2012): collection of expert’s manuscripts, set up of a reading committee


New Alumni-Denkfabrik project (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in motion. (Duration: 1 year)
- Project Development
- Discussion with the Goethe Institute on the modalities of its implementation
- Agreement on execution


While in the scientific and public discourse culture and especially artistic production is still perceived in a given space – either the nation, the ethnic group or the continent, the reality of life and of artistic production is another. Most of the artists are in constant movement between their place of birth and other spaces that are often located beyond their country and even their continent. This mobility is due to several factors. Can we imagine that this has no significant impact on their creation? Can we imagine that it has no impact on their perception of the territories that they often continue to identify with? In that era of the globalization and the movement of people, images and the values ​​they imply. It is important to talk with the artists in order to understand how they perceive their artistic practice, which identities they construct and how they see their role in the different areas they cover either their original spaces, spaces where they live or transnational spaces they create. The project aimed therefore to establish the relationship between culture and the development of sensibilities, the perception of the experience and the projections of the artists themselves. Therefore, this is to make visible the way artists see their being, this world and the future of the world.


The target of this project is comprised of musicians, filmmakers, visual artists, fashion designers, writers ... who lead a life between their countries and other backgrounds, especially Germany. It will also address creative artists, publishers and arts managers.


  1. The artists were approached in their place of residence in the mode of free expression, directed interviews or their life stories.
    b. They had the opportunity to express themselves artistically (exhibitions, concerts, openings, fashion shows ...): Through this artistic expression, their previously recorded speech was made available to the public.
    c. They had within the context of a moderated debate the opportunity to discuss with journalists and the public about their creation and their speech.


January 16th: Conference with Prof. Ute Fendler (University Bayreuth) Intermediality, transmediality. Target audience: Master and Doctoral students of Arts (German Studies, Cinema and History of Art).


After the establishment of the Digital Library of the DAW-Centre: Voting meeting with computer specialists and documentarists. Contacting employees of the calculation Centre of the University of Yaoundé 1. Purpose: creation of an IP address.

Continuation of the setting up and equipment of the AGNES rooms within the DAW-Centre: management of the AGNES website.


February

Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): proofreading of the manuscripts, formatting of various texts, contact making with a publishing house for a cost estimate.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


After the establishment of the Digital Library: Meeting with the head of the documentary service of the Goethe Institute. Project evaluation and data transfer possibilities


Continuation of the setting up and equipment of the AGNES rooms within the DAW-Centre: management of the website of AGNES.


March

5th March: Regular meeting of the National Scientific Council of the DAW-Centre. Agenda:
- Review of the year 2012
- Adoption of the programme for 2013


7th March: Conference of Nadine Golly (Sociologist, University of Lüneburg, Germany). Subject: Black German scholarly and culturally traditions, inspirations and interventions in (post) colonial Germany. Target audience: Master students of the first and second year with the specialization: German Civilization.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): reviewers' reports and suggestions for text revision  


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


Continuation of the development of the Digital library: contact making with other partner libraries.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: Meeting of German institutions represented in Cameroon for the sponsorship and project funding


DAW Newsletter: Publication of the first edition.


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Evaluation of the data collection on the idea of the state in Cameroon


Doctoral colloquium FALSH / DAW / ESSTIC: Media and cultural globalisation.
In recent debates on globalisation, the media appear more and more as one of the key factors that determine the speed, direction and range of globalisation. As supporter and mirror, space and means of globalisation, their analysis is likely to offer a unique perspective to understand the strengths, strategies and forms that shape the changing world. If the American anthropologist Arjun Appadurai distinguishes five main landscapes or spaces, in which the globalised world is configured and cites the media as one of these spaces (media-capes). Alongside other like ethnos-capes (the movement of individuals and groups, forced and free migrants, etc. ...), the technoscapes (uneven flow of technology), the finances-capes (capital flows), the ideoscapes (flow of ideologies of different actors), we must recognize that all these other spaces operate or are made possible by the media.
To think of the world of today and to think of culture means to think of the media and vice versa. The seminar brought out the centrality of the media in global flows by analyzing the connection that exists today more than yesterday between globalisation and culture. The colloquium mainly dealed with the following subjects:


  1. Theoretical aspects
    - The idea of a science of the imaginary and the contribution of media science and its effects
    - Theoretical models of cultural globalisation

  2. Medias-capes
    Forms, functions and media strategies in the era of globalisation (Actors and structures, mainstream media and alternative media ...)

  3. Ideoscapes and media
    - Media as a place of expression and dissemination of state ideologies, institutions, religions
    - Media and spaces: national, regional and transnational spaces.

  4. Ethnoscapes and media
    -Communities and media: self-representation and representation of others - proximity and distances,
    -Constructions of identity and problems of recognition

  5. Media and international circulation of cultural products: homogenizing and heterogonizing logics.


    April

    Participation in an AGNES workshop in South Africa from the 19th to 23rd of April 2013. During this workshop, the Humboldtians who were selected for the AGNES Junior Scientist Award discussed the preparation of their candidates for the postdoc programme of the Humboldt Foundation.


Continuation of the development of the Digital library:  contact making with other partner digital libraries.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2012): finalization of the texts for publication, organization of the work.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: Identification of sites and archives of the German colonial period, constitution of a working group


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Proofreading of transcripts made by students, evaluation of raw data.


May

Introducing the Digital Library to the Cameroonian and international public


Continuation of the Alumni-Denfabrik (2012): Delivery of the manuscript to the editor


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: artists in movement
Digital Library: Supply, maintenance and administration


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period: acquisition of equipment, administrative work and contact-making, training seminar for transcription and digitalization of the archives.


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Voting on the local evaluation of data: possibility of the organization of a seminar with some informants.


Organization of a conference in cooperation with the Laboratory of Excellence Cultural transfers in Paris.
- Conference of Fréderic Barbier (ENS / Paris), literary historian and historian of the book industry in Germany in the 19th century. Conference theme: The history of the book and of reading in Germany.  Audience: Students of the master and doctorate cycles: Literature and Civilization (FALSH).


June

Seminar: What is the use of literary studies Concept of the seminar?

At the time when everyone is talking about the professionalization of university education, it may seem as if there is a gap between literary studies and the demands of the hour. Must we think then that these studies do not fit the new paradigms of education and training, which seem necessary?


Indeed, we see that the responsible persons for these disciplines react with embarrassment when it is ordered to provide professional masters or courses leading to specific occupations. It therefore becomes imperative to re-legitimize literary studies and to refind them so that so that the competences they promote become clearly visible. Maybe the notion of professionalization loses its apparent clearness and transparency in this process. This will be the occasion to remove certain ambiguities.
A debate on the foundations, functions and requirements of literary studies would reframe certain basic goals of the intellectual education and at the same time, it would bring up a whole range of professions, which, in our socio-economic and political context where we have a severe lack of imagination, remain invisible. An example: Who is responsible for the protection and the management of manuscripts and other documents left by Mongo Beti, René Philombe or Francis Bebey etc.? No one seems to realize that they are part of the valuable intellectual and cultural heritage of our country and our continent. A heritage whose preservation and sustainability requires a range of skills that are only given by literary studies.
The seminar gave the opportunity to think or rethink the scientific and critical work on imaginative and creative productions from here and elsewhere, to re-specify their importance in the process of self-projection, self-elevation, self-creation and self-survival. It was also the opportunity to review the various skills, which lead this intellectual work. The seminar showed the indispensability of these skills for the management, the organization, the ongoing evaluation and the changing of our imagination, our creativity.  They are also indispensable for the various institutions of production, distribution or spreading of images and values that create historical and spatial unity and that found us as people, as a community or as a nation.


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: Open doors for students in research cycle: introduction to the use of this tool, information on the potential of digital information resources in scientific research.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period: probable beginning of transcription and digitalizing operations.
Changing stateness in Africa: probable organization of a seminar, space for discussions on the perception of the state in Cameroon.


July

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: Supply, maintenance and administration


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (continuation)


Changing stateness in Africa: Voting meeting. Elaboration of speeches held in the seminar.


September


Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement

digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)


Changing stateness in Africa: Proofreading of texts and preparation for publication.


October

Continuation of the Alumni-Denkfabrik (2013): Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in movement


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)


November

Joint congress with the GAS-Verband and the SAGV in the DAW-Centre in Yaoundé (congress theme, participants and the exact date to be confirmed)


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalization of the archives of the German colonial period (Continued)


Workshop: Comparison as method in humanities



December

Organization of a conference in cooperation with the Laboratory of Excellence Cultural transfers in Paris.
Isabelle Kalinowsky (ENS / Paris), cultural and artistic history: socio-historical and aesthetic criticism: History of their constitution and their combination possibilities. Target Audience: Students of master and doctorate cycles: Literature and Civilization (FALSH)

Alumni-Denkfabrik 2013: Project completion: Creativity, globalization, mobility and development: Artists in  movement


Digital Library: supply, maintenance, administration.


Digitalisation of the archives of the German colonial period (Continuation)