Prof. Dr. SIMO

University of Yaoundé I

Faculty of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences

Department of Germanic Languages,

Literatures and Civilizations

PO Box: 755 Yaoundé – Cameroon

Tel.: (+237) 99 92 86 76

Fax: (+237) 22 21 48 14

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Name: SIMO 

Date and place of Birth: 20.01. 1951 in Baham (Cameroon)

Family Status: married / 4 children



1991:  State Doctorate (University of Hannover, Germany)

Specialization: German modern literature, theory of interculturality and cultural contacts, comparative literature.

1979: Doctorate (University of Metz, France)

Grade: Very good

Specialization: Comparative Literature (Africa-Europe), German Literature

1976: Master Degree (University of Saarland, Germany)

Grade: Very good

Specialization: Germanic Studies, Political Sciences

1974: Bachelor Degree (University of Abidjan, Ivory Coast)

Grade: Good

Specialization: German, English, African Studies

1971: Baccalaureate - School living examination (Government High School Bafoussam, Cameroon)

Grade: Good


Supervision of doctoral thesis

1998-2002: Patrice Djoufack (University of Yaounde I)

- 1999-2003:  Pierre Kodjio Nenguié (University of Yaounde I)

1999-2005: Paul Mekontso (University of Yaounde I)

-2009-2017: Alain Belmond Sonyem (University of Yaoundé I)

 Co-supervision of doctoral thesis

- 2001-2005: Hyacinthe Ondoa (University Leipzig, Germany)

- 2007-2009: Jean Bertrand Miguoué (University Innsbruck, Germany)

- 2005-2010: Germain Nyada (University Bayreuth, Germany)

- 2009-2012: Constantin Sonkwe Tayim (University Munich, Germany)

- 2009-2014: Serge Yowa (University Paderborn, Germany)

Co-supervision and co-evaluation of habilitation

- 2010: Patrice Djoufack (University Hanover, Germany)

- 2014: Hyancinthe Ondoa (University Leipzig, Germany)

- 2016 : Philomène Atyame épse Sarr (University Paderborn, Germany)

Duty Positions

Since 2015: Scientific Ambassador of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

2013-2017: Chair of the Graduate School in Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Yaoundé 1

2012-2014: Manager of the AGNES (African-German Network of Excellence in Science) Office in Yaoundé.

Since 2011: Manager of the Centre for German-African Scientific Cooperation at the University of Yaoundé 1.

2006 – 2012: Chair of the African Association for German Studies

Since 1999: Member of the Scientific Commission of the Faculty of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences of the University of Yaoundé I

Since 1998: Full Professor of Cameroonian Universities

Since 1993: Member of the Consultative Committee of Cameroonian Higher Education Institutions

Since 1992: Head of the Department of Germanic Languages, Literatures and Civilizations at the University of Yaoundé I.

Further :

  • Head of the scientific commission of the Faculty of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences of the University of Yaoundé I.
  • Member of the Yaoundé I University Council
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the University of Yaoundé 1
  • Member of the scientific council of the Master Program at the National Advanced School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Yaoundé 2.
  • Member of the Counseling Board of the European and Global Institute at the University of Leipzig Germany.
  • Member of the Graduate School «Peace and Developement» at the Protestant University of Central Africa (PUCA)


  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Annals of the Faculty of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences of the Universities of Yaoundé 1 and Dschang (Cameroon)
  • Member of the Editorial board of Acta Germanica, Journal of the Association of German Studies in Southern Africa.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Deutsche Gegenwartsliteratur (St. Louis)
  • 2001-2013: Co-Director of the Journal Weltengarten (Hannover, Germany)


Theories of Literature and Culture, German modern Literature, Comparative Literature, History of ideas, Methods of Cultural Studies, Methodology of Research, Postcolonial and Postmodern Theories, Intercultural Hermeneutics, Globalization, Dialectic between local cultural processes and global cultural processes, Conflictuality problematic.  



  • African-German Network of Excellence in Science
  • International Association for German Studies (Internationale Vereinigung der Germanisten-IVG).
  • Society for Intercultural German Studies (Gesellschaft für interkulturelle Germanistik -GIC).
  • Association for German Studies in Subsaharan Africa (Verband der Germanistik in Afrika Südlich der Sahara – GAS Verband)
  • Vienna Institute of cultural Studies (INST). (Member of Directory board)
  • Laboratoire d’excellence Transferts culturels École Normale Supérieure de Paris.




  • Croix d’Officier de l’Ordre du Mérite, Germany (2014)
  • Chevalier de l’Ordre de la valeur, Côte d’Ivoire (2014)
  • The Reimar Lüst Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2008)
  • Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Valeur, Cameroon (2003)


  • French, English, German (Written and spoken)
  • Portuguese: Read
  • Ghom’ala : Mother Tongue


  • 9-11 November 2016: Co-organizer of an international colloquium at the university of Yaoundé I on the centenary of the German departure from Cameroon (1916-2016).
  • - 27 October 2016: Conference at the university of Gießen (Germany) on the theme “Postcolonial perspectives on Europe: The case of the cultural memory construction in the global context”.
  • 18 October 2016: Participation in a round table in Berlin on the theme “Afrikanisch-Deutsche Zusammenarbeit bei Forschung und Vermittlung der Kolonialvergangenheit”.
  • - 12-15 October 2016: Participation in the 6th forum of the Humboldt Foundation Prizzewinners in Bonn on the topic “Weltliteraturen – Meisterswerke: Shakespeare und Cervantes 2016”. Title of the presentation “Weltliterarische Verräumlichungen”.
  • 4-8 October 2016: Participation in an international conference of the GIG (Society for Intercultural German Studies) in Usti nad Labem and Prague. Title of the presentation: “Interkulturalität und Wissensproduktion” (Interculturality and Knowledge production”).
  • May 2016: Participation in an international colloquium in Amiens (France) on the topic “Langue choisie, langues sauvées: Poétique de la résistance”. Title of the presentation “Positions contraires dans le débat sur le choix de la langue d’écriture en Afrique: Ngugi Wa Thiongo et Chinua Achebe”.
  • April 2016: Organizer of the international symposium and Humboldt-Kolleg on the topics “Cultural Studies. Concepts, Theories, Practices and Challenges” and “Culture and Science”
  • March 2016: Participation in an international conference on the mother tongue in Bremen, Germany
  • December 2015: Participation in the workshop on security in Cameroon organized by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Yaoundé (presentation on the theme  "historical perspectives of the security in Cameroon) 

-          November 2015: Participation in the AGNES Meeting in South-Africa

-          November, September, July 2015: Organizer of the Workshop Denkfabrik on the topic Mastering urbanization in Cameroon. A challenge.

  • March 2015: Participation in the DFG-Workshop about fundamental questions regarding the "Area Studies" in Villa Vigoni (Italy).
  • November 2014: Organizer of the Workshop Denkfabrik on the topic Urbanization in Africa as a major challenge.
  • Juin 2014: Organizer of an international Colloquium on the theme “La sociologie de l’Etat: tournant réflexif et nouvelles dynamiques.”

-          April 2014: Conference on Postcolonial Studies in Lomé, Togo.

-          March 2014: Humboldt Colloquium, The Power of Excellence in Science - Enhancing Academic in Africa Nairobi-Kenya.

-          December 2013: Organizer of the joint Seminar of the Associations for German Studies in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Africa at the DAW-Centre, University of Yaoundé 1. Theme: Gedächtnis des Kolonialismus in Afrika und Europa.

-          September 2013: Organizer of the Workshop Denkfabrik on the topic Artist in movement: Creativity Globalization, Mobility and Development.

-          April 2013: Humboldt Kolleg in Johannesburg

-          July 2012: Organizer of the Workshop Denkfabrik on the issue of Migration sponsored by the Goethe-Institute at the DAW-Centre, University of Yaoundé 1

  • 2012: Organizer of the Congress of African-German Studies in Lomé Togo
  • 2011 : Conference at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France.
  • February 2011: Conference in Paderborn, Germany

-          Decembre 2010: Conference on the theme Vers une germanistique germano-africaine (Towards an African-German Approach of German Studies) University of Paderborn, Germany.

  • October 2010: On invitation of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Colloquium about the internationalization of Science.
  • October 2010: Evaluation of Research Programs of the Volkswagen Foundation in Africa and Asia, at the Leibniz University in Hanover, Germany.
  • August 2010: International Conference of the International German Studies Association in Varsovie (Poland)
  • June 2010: Conference on the topic Grenzgänger in der deutschen Literatur (Border Crosser in German Literature), Berlin, Germany.
  • May 2010: Conference on Writing global history, Fribourg, Germany 
  • Februar 2010: Joint Conference of the Association of German Studies in Subsaharan Africa (GAS) and the Association for German Studies in Southern Africa (SAVG) about the topic Spiel und Leidenschaft (Playing and Passion), Stellenbosch, South Africa.
  • December 2009: Seminar on the Postcolonial Approach, Villigst, Germany.
  • November 2009: Conference on the Re-Reading of Travel accounts in modern contemporary literature, Erfurt, Germany
  • December 2008: African German Studies Congress in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
  • February 2008: Conference about Writing Global History, Harvard, USA; Conference at Columbus University and University of Madison, USA.
  • April 2007: Congress of the Association for German Studies in Southern Africa.
  • June 2007: Colloquium on Europe, University of Leipzig, Germany.
  • September 2007: Co-Organizer of the first German-African Symposium on the issue of Orality in modern culture, Hannover, Germany.
  • December 2006: German Studies Congress of the Association of German Studies in Sub-Saharan Africa, in Lomé, Togo
  • October 2006: International Conference in Vienna, Austria
  • December 2005: German Studies Congress of the Association of German Studies in Sub-Saharan Africa, Cotonou, Benin.
  • May 2005: Conference on the topic: Images Construction of Africa, Bremen, Germany
  • December 2004: Co-Organizer of a German Studies Conference on the topic: Globalité, localité , mobilité : Expériences et modèles africains et allemands (Globalization, Locality and Mobility: African and German experiences and models).
  • December 2003: Conference on transcultural processes, Vienna, Austria.
  • September 2003: Organizer of the African German Studies Congress in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
  • December 2002: Colloquium on the anthropological horizon of cultural transfers, École Normale Supérieure de Paris, France.
  • June 2002: International Conference at Darmouth College, USA.
  • Februar 2001: Organizer of the international Conference on the topic Nation, Language and Literatures: African and European Experiences, Yaoundé, Cameroon.
  • October 1999: Organizer of a Conference on the topic: Culture and Development: African Strategies for the 3rd Millennium, University of Ngaoundéré, Cameroon.
  • September 1999: International Conference on the issue of Culture, at the UNESCO main Office in Paris, France, Head of the Section Issues of Interculturality and transculturality.
  • August 1999: Opening Speech at the Meeting addressing the Life of Africans in Germany, organized by the State of Rhineland Palatinate, Düsseldorf 26-28 August 1999, Germany.
  • July 1999: Organizer of a Colloquium on the topic Identity constructions: Strategies and challenges, Goethe-Institut in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
  • September – October 1998: Conference on Cultural Studies in Europe, Debrecen, Hungary.
  • March 1998: Talk on the Occasion of the 100th birthday of the German Dramaturge B. Brecht, Augsburg, Germany.
  • March 1998: Conference on the Topic Cultures and Conflicts at the Research Center for Peace and Conflicts Resolution in Schlaining, Austria.  
  • December 1997: Conference on the Topic Dramatik, global towns Jura Soyfer in Vienna, (Austria)
  • November 1997: Organizer of a Colloquium at the Goethe-Institut in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on the Topic: The City as cultural space.
  • September 1997: International Conference on Literary and Linguistic Studies in Europe (Head of the Section “Nations, Languages and Creativity”.
  • June 1996: Co-Organizer of a Colloquium at the Goethe-Institut in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on the topic La Politique de Développement à la Croisée des Chemins. Le Facteur Culturel.


  • May-September 2017: Guest Professorship at the Harald-Weinrich Chair of the University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • May – June 2014: Guest Professorship at the University of Bremen
  • October 2013: Guest Professorship at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris (Rue D’Ulm), France
  • October 2011: Guest Professorship at the University of Picardie, France
  • March-August 2009: Guest Professorship at the University of Leipzig, Germany
  • April-August 2003: Holder of the Leibniz-Chair at the University of Leipzig, Germany.
  • November 2001: Guest Professorship at the University of Vienna
  • April-August 2001: Guest Professorship at the Georg Forster Chair of the University of Hannover, Germany.
  • April-Mai 1999: Guest Professorship at the University of Vienna, Austria
  • November 1998: Guest Professorship at the University of Leipzig, Germany (Zentrum für Höhere Studien – Center for Advanced Studies).