THE VISCAM PROJECT/LE PROJET VISCAM

Main goal for the VISCAM project is to develop sustainable education programs in Visual Anthropology at the Universities of Maroua, Ngaoundéré, and Tromsø through rotation and sharing of students and staff, pursuit of academic excellence, and a focus on current issues relevant to peace and wellbeing.

Subgoals are the following:

  1. Promote internationalization through sustainable, long-term collaboration, imparting benefits to institutions, teachers and students from UiTromsø, UoMaroua, and UoNgaoundéré.
  2. The project will develop innovative teaching, research, and dissemination practices, based on the crossed regards methodology.
  3. Create applicable knowledge about the changing livelihood strategies in Northern Cameroon.

The project’s principal results will be: mobility from South to North – 4 PhD and 14 Master’s students; mobility from North to South – 4 Master’s students; the creation of three online educational tools; the internationalization of non-mobile students through common workshops and guest lectures; two special issues of university journals at UoMaroua and UoNgaoundéré; and the production of 22 student films.

These results will be achieved by: mobility of Master’s and PhD students from South to North and
from North to South; ensuring that women comprise at least half (50%) of the students recruited; organization of the annual VISCAM Workshop to include all students (also non-mobile Cameroonian Visual Anthropology students), teachers, network partners involved in the project; and the development of two joint Master’s and four PhD courses.

The primary partners will be the UoMaroua and UiTromsø. The UoNgaoundéré will be a main network partner (commitment letter attached also for this institution). Its Visual Anthropology programs will start- up during the project implementation period. Other network partners will contribute to the project at the annual VISCAM Workshop, in PhD courses, and through publication of project results.