David Zeitlyn

academic in Oxford

I have been working with Mambila in Cameroon since 1985, research various topics including traditional religion, sociolinguistics, kinship and history. In recent years I have started to work with Cameroonian photographers. In 2003/4 I was the Evans-Prichard lecturer at All Souls College, Oxford presenting a series of lectures on the life-history of Diko Madeleine, the first wife of Chief Konaka of Somié (see http://www.mambila.info/Diko_Web/). In 2005, as part of Africa'05, an exhibition of two Cameroonian studio photographers was held at the National Portrait Gallery, London in a display called 'Cameroon-London'. Some images from an earlier showing in Cameroon are online at http://www.mambila.info/Photography/Photo_Show/.

This led to a major show at the Fowler Museum UCLA in 2021. See https://www.fowler.ucla.edu/exhibitions/photo-cameroon/.

Other Interests: I have long standing interests in multimedia and how internet technologies can be used to illuminate and access museum collections and archives. My work on Mambila spider divination as a 'technology of choice making' led to some pioneering observational work on how library users choose which books to read. From this I became involved in how academic research infrastructure is managed.