Maybritt Jill Alpes: Bushfalling at all cost: young Cameroonians' risky quest for migration
Lecture within the framework of the research seminar in Social Anthropology
Bushfalling is the act of going out to the ‘wildnerness’ (bush) to hunt down meat (money). It is the term used in Cameroon to talk of emigration. People want to fall bush (emigrate) against all odds. My Ph.D. research sheds light onto local perceptions, as well as contemporary practices of emigration from South West Cameroon to the ‘Western’ world. I study the conditions under which migration projects are undertaken, as well as the ways in which different actors try to achieve their ambitions of mobility. I do so on the basis of ethnographic fieldwork with aspiring and failed migrants, their members of family, migration brokers and consulate staff at Embassies. With this work I seek to contribute to a body of literature on migration and illegality.
PhD Project, Advisors: Prof. Peter Geschiere Dr. Sebastien Chauvin