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Cameroon and its former tutelage

Le Cameroun et ses anciennes puissances tutélaires

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Published on Friday, January 26, 2018


Les populations sur le territoire aujourd’hui appelé Cameroun ont été en contact avec des commerçants, navigateurs, explorateurs et missionnaires portugais, espagnols, hollandais et anglais depuis le XVe siècle. Ce rapport à l’extérieur a pris une forme éminemment politique à partir du traité germano-douala le 12 Juillet 1884, inaugurant ainsi la séquence des puissances tutélaires respectivement assurée par l’Allemagne, la France et la Grande Bretagne. De la domination protectorale à l’administration coloniale, l’exercice de la souveraineté par ces européens durant cette séquence de plus d’un demi-siècle a profondément marqué les modes de vie des camerounais. Malgré l’accession du Cameroun à l’indépendance, les incidences et les conséquences de ces puissances perdurent et semblent encore se répercuter de nos jours. Une situation qui interroge son autonomie véritable, précisément, à l’heure où le pays revendique son émergence à l’horizon 2035. Comment expliquer le paradoxe entre l’indépendance du Cameroun vis-à-vis de ses partenaires internationaux et l’attachement économique et socio-culturel à ces pays ?


Call for papers for a collective work, CREDIS and S&D


Since the 15th century, the people on the territory called Cameroon today, have been in contact with Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and English traders, sailors, explorers and missionaries. This external relationship took on an eminently political form on the basis of the German-Douala Treaty signed on July 12th 1884, inaugurating the sequence of tutelary powers respectively carried out by Germany, France and Great Britain.

From protectorate domination to colonial administration, the exercise of sovereignty by these European countries during a period of more than half a century has profoundly impacted the Cameroonians’ lifestyle. Despite Cameroon's independence, the implications and consequences of these powers persist and still seem to have repercussions today. This situation raises questions about its true autonomy, precisely at a time when the country strives to become an emerging economy by 2035. How can one explain the paradox between the independence of Cameroon from its international partners and the economic and socio-cultural attachment to these countries?

Studies carried out in international relations show various results on the domineering nature of relations between the tutelary power of a country and its socio-economic fate. Under the prism of these dominant-dominated relations, it seemed judicious to analyze the nature of the multiform relationships between Cameroon and its former tutelary powers, as well as the apparent dynamics in bilateral relations in a context of globalization. The purpose of these analyzes is to understand the processes that underpin these captive relationships and to explore the patterns of deconstruction of dependence. The research is based on the premise of the contribution of this reflection towards the establishment of a national take-off platform. Beyond political sovereignty, a better understanding of the forms of latent or patent dependencies, old or new, known or unrecognized by Cameroon and by Cameroonians is crucial. The relationship with foreigners, including religious people, all religions and generations taken into account, will not be neglected in the search for the root causes of Cameroonian dependency markers.

This collective work is lunched after the study day held at the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) in Yaoundé on December 20th, 2017. From different views, it is all about approaching issues around the close knit to former administrators of Cameroon. The expected contributions will enable juridical, historical, economic and political aspects to be highlighted. Reflections will also focus on cultural, anthropological, psychological and sociological aspects as well. In addition, various issues related to the mentality of the needy and the mentality of under-development will be taken into consideration. Authors of pertinent abstracts and contributions will be selected for participation in a discursive construction on the future of Cameroon.

Some aspects were discussed during the study day. Since some issues have not been sufficiently addressed, themes related to the following orientations are expected: the declensions of dependence in the educational, social, economic and legal system; the manifestations of dependence in the professional field; the markers of behavioral dependence; the latent and unknown mentorships; psychological, moral and imaginary implications; the psychological conditioning buried in the collective subconscious; detachment of umbilical cords ; decolonization of the collective unconscious; the demystification of "whites" and the fading of new "whites".


Selected papers will serve as chapters of this collective work. Articles of about 15 pages are expected in either French or English. The title, made up of 8 words at most, should be followed by the name of the author of the abstract as well as about 5 keywords. Other editorial guidelines are contained in the "Guidelines for Authors" file. The selected contributions will be included in this collective work.


  • Launching of the call for papers: January 20th, 2018
  • Sending of articles: June 20th, 2018

  • Return of articles: August 20th, 2018
  • Estimated Publication Date: December 20th, 2018

NB: Consideration will be given to summaries received in English beyond the indicated date.

The Scientific Committee

  • Pr Jacques Chatué (Philosophy)
  • Pr Antoine Socpa (Sociology)
  • Pr Gérard Tchouassi (Economics)
  • Pr Raymond Ebale (Economic History)
  • Pr Sariette Batibonak (Anthropology)
  • Pr Chandel Ebale Moneze (Psychology)
  • Pr Elisabeth Bum (Biomedicine and pharmacotherapy)
  • Pr Nadine Machikou (Political science)
  • Pr Yenkong Ngangjoh Hodu (International Law)
  • Pr Yves-Paul Mandjem (Political science and International relations)


Paul Batibonak, prbatibo@gmail.com

Communication addresses

Savoirs.dev777@gmail.com, secretariat@credis-savoirs.org, credis.contact@gmail.com




  • Wednesday, June 20, 2018


  • dépendance, déconstruction, Cameroun, décolonisation, tutelles, post colonie


    courriel : prbatibo [at] gmail [dot] com

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« Cameroon and its former tutelage », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Friday, January 26, 2018, https://doi.org/10.58079/ze7

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