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Henrietta Nyamnjoh

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Henrietta Nyamnjoh is a Researcher at African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town. She holds a PhD on Migration and Appropriation of ICTs, from Leiden University. Her research interests include: migration and mobility, transnational studies and migrants’ urban space appropriation, and religion in the context of migration.

 

She recently completed a study on the appropriation of Information and Communication Technologies among mobile Cameroonian migrants in South Africa, The Netherlands and Cameroon Bridging mobilities: ICTs appropriation by Cameroonians in South Africa and the Netherlands. She is currently working on transnational families and emotions among Cameroonians in Cape Town and families in the home country.

 

She is an American Council of Learned Societies AHP fellow researching, Religious Transnationalism and the Quest for Physical and Spiritual Healing: The Case of Cameroonian Migrants in Cape Town. It explores the trans-local and (trans)national interconnections migrants are forging with various religious denominations to seek healing and deliverance in their daily lives and emotional challenges in the host country of South Africa.

 

Recent Publications

 

Books

  • “We Get Nothing from Fishing” Fishing for Boat Opportunities Amongst Senegalese Fisher Migrants (2010), Bamenda/Leiden: Langaa RPCIG/African Studies Centre. (ISBN: 978-9956616312). 232 pages
  • Bridging Mobilities: ICTs Appropriation by Cameroonians in South Africa and The Netherlands (2014), Bamenda/Leiden: Langaa RPCIG/African Studies Centre (ISBN: 978-9956791514). 318 pages

 

Book Chapters & Journal Articles

  • Nyamnjoh, H. 2016. Belonging away from Home: Building Community and Virtual Intimacies amongst Frontier Pinyin Migrants in Cape Town and Cameroon. In Nyamnjoh, F. and I. Brudvig, eds. Mobilities, ICTs and Marginality in Africa: Comparative perspective. Cape Town and Dakar: HSRC and CODESRIA, pp. 138-151.

 

  • Nyamnjoh, H. M (2014). Intimate Ethnographic Encounters in a Mobile Community: Expressing the Notion of Belonging through ‘Life Crisis’ Performances amongst Cameroonian migrants in Cape Town, South Africa. Journal of Social Development in Africa, 29(1):133-156.

 

  • ‘Penetrating the Unseen’: The Role of Religion and Spiritual Practices in the Senegalese Boat Migration Process (2014). In A. Adogame, ed. Imagining the Religious ‘Other’: The Public Face of African New Religious Movements in Diaspora. London: Ashgate, pp. 191-214.

 

  • Nyamnjoh, H. M 2014. Intimate Ethnographic Encounters in a Mobile Community: Expressing the Notion of Belonging through ‘Life Crisis’ Performances amongst Cameroonian migrants in Cape Town, South Africa. Journal of Social Development in Africa, 29(1):133-156.

 

  • Information and Communication Technology and its impact on Transnational Migration: the case of Senegalese Boat Migrants (2013). In De Bruijn, M., I. Brinkman, & F. Nyamnjoh, eds. Side @ Ways: Mobile Margins and the Dynamics in Africa. Bamenda/Leiden, Langaa RPCIG/African Studies Centre, 159-177

 

  • (With Michael Rowlands), (2013). “Do you eat achu here?” Nurturing as a way of life in a Cameroon Diaspora, Critical African Studies 5(3): 140-152.

 

  • Nyamnjoh, H. (Forthcoming). ‘Navigating ‘ngunda’/‘adoro’ and negotiating economic uncertainty amongst Mobile Cameroonian migrants in Cape Town (South Africa)’. Critical African Studies.

 

  • Nyamnjoh, H. (Forthcoming). ‘Belonging away from home: Building community and virtual intimacies amongst Pinyin migrants in Cape Town and Cameroon’. In F. Nyamnjoh and I. Brudvig eds. ICTs, Mobility and the Reconfiguration of Marginality in South Africa. Cape Town: HSRC Press.