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About the ProgramThe Arts and Culture in Cameroon program allows students to expand their creative faculties in the visual and performing arts in an enriching cross-cultural learning environment. Students develop a foundation for global citizenship while learning about traditional and contemporary Cameroonian lifestyles and customs. Participants live and work with local artists, artisans, musicians, and dancers, study French, and explore indigenous, Christian, Islamic, colonial, and global influences on current social conditions.
Artistic apprenticeships, rigorous study, group arts workshops, extended homestays, an independent project, gifted guest lecturers, and focused field trips are integrated into an exciting multi-faceted educational experience that supports each participant’s personal and intellectual growth.
Program Director Nick Hockin collaborates with a well-developed network of artists, musicians, dancers, artisans, intellectuals, and on-site staff to create an inspiring program that is safe, challenging, and locally respected.
Location: Buea & Foumban, CameroonBuea is an English-speaking town nestled in the foothills of Mt. Cameroon, the tallest mountain in West/Central Africa, capital of the Southwest region and the Bakweri people, and home to the University of Buea, the largest English-speaking university in Cameroon.
Foumban is a French-speaking town in the highlands of Western Cameroon, a major center for traditional arts and culture in the region, capital of the Bamoun people, and home to the Institut des Beaux Arts de Foumban. The royal Bamoun dynasty dates to 1394 in an uninterrupted lineage of kings, and the royal palace is currently home to the 19th Sultan, HRH El Hadj Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya.
Accommodations and MealsOrientation Stage: During the initial 2-week orientation phase, students share accommodations in the program's group residence, prepare their own breakfasts, and eat nutritious Cameroonian and American-inspired dishes prepared by our cook, by themselves in our kitchen, or at local eateries.
Homestay Stage: During the 11-week homestay period, students stay in private bedrooms with a local family. Meals are generally rice or fufu (a doughy starch made from corn, coco yam, or manioc) and sauce with vegetables and meat or fish.
Travel Periods: When traveling outside of Buea and Foumban to locations such as Limbe, Bimbia, or Douala, the group stays in small hotels, prepares its own simple breakfasts, and eats lunch and dinner at local restaurants or the hotel.
The Arts and Culture in Cameroon program consists of four courses (4 semester credits each) for a total of 16 semester credits.
Courses are designed in modular fashion, allowing flexibility in teaching material according to the travel itinerary, availability of guest lecturers, and the scheduling of local cultural events and academic conferences.
- AFAM 320: Traditional and Modern Perspectives on West African Culture
- ARTS 216: Cameroonian Aesthetic Traditions
- ARTS 310: Apprenticeship/Arts Practicum
- One of the following French language courses:
- FREN 107: Elementary French
- FREN 108: Intermediate French
- FREN 391: Advanced French Independent Study
For course syllabi, contact Carleton-Antioch Global Engagement email@example.com.
Dates & Fees
Program DatesThe Arts and Culture in Cameroon program runs every fall semester (mid September to mid December).
Program FeesFall 2017 fee information will be announced in October 2016. The Fall 2016 program fee was $17,257.
The program fee includes tuition, room and board, and program-related travel within Cameroon.
Students are responsible for books and materials, passport and visa fees, round-trip airfare to and from Cameroon, and personal expenses.
Faculty & Staff
Program DirectorNicholas Hockin – Director, Arts and Culture in Cameroon
- Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Carleton College
- PhD Candidate (Ethnomusicology); MA Music (Ethnomusicology), Wesleyan University; BFA Music (Performance), York University (Toronto)
Professor Hockin has been directing the Arts and Culture program since 2007. He is an ethnomusicologist completing his doctoral degree at Wesleyan University. The working title of his dissertation is “Drumming Modernity: The Rise of the Djembe in Bamako, Mali.” In addition to an active career as a percussionist in various jazz, pop and world music ensembles (South Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, Cuba, West Africa), and as creative collaborator in modern dance and theatre projects in his home city of Toronto, Nick has extensive experience teaching Malian and Guinean djembe and dununrepertoire and Senegambian kuotiro, as well as some Shona mbiramusic from Zimbabwe.
Professor Hockin’s research in West African music has focused on the Mande cultural region of Mali and Guinea since 1999. His experience as a student and performer of Mande music provides the practical grounding for his theoretical work on indigenous, local engagement with tradition and modernity in an increasingly globalized world. Over the last 16 years he has developed an extensive international network of contacts, including visual and performing artists and artisans who personify the unique bridging of historical and contemporary cultural elements so prevalent in urban West Africa today.
Buea Arts Mentors and Guest Lecturers
- Masango Sone: logistics coordinator, guest lecturer, director of Green Cameroon
- Max Lyonga: painter
- Mosaso Gilbert: musical director, University of Buea (UB) choir
- Teke Nelson Tetuh: dance instructor, UB
- Anurin Nwunembom: artistic director, Artcity short film festival
- Harouna Ismaila: fashion design, tailor
- Kingé: natural fibers, jewelry
- Sally Enanga: President of Cha Cha Ndolo, Bakweri Folkoric Dance and Music Troupe
- Ngo Grace Ewang: Regional Delegate of Arts and Culture, Buea
- Dr. Alembong Nol: Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Buea (UB)
- Dr. Agborbechem Peter Tambi: senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education, UB
- Dr. Christine Abonge: Head of Women’s and Gender Studies Department, UB
- Dr. Ekoka Andrew Molindo: lecturer in the Faculty of Education, UB
- Ngwa Marcus Suh: Acting Head of Industrial Design, UB
- Sadjo Amoah: Deputy Director, Buea Regional Linguistic Centre
- Nicolas Cartron: Head of Français Langue Etrangère (FLE), UB
Foumban Arts Mentors and Guest Lecturers:
- André Njoya: Directeur adjoint, Institut des Beaux Arts de Foumban (IBAF)
- Idrissou Njoya: Chef de département des arts décoratifs, IBAF
- Edgard Fortuné Bengono: Chef de département des arts plastiques et histoire de l’art, IBAF
- Ruth Afané Belinga: département des arts plastiques et histoire de l’art, IBAF
- Mirelle Arétouyap: département des arts du spectacle, IBAF
- Nadine Epoh Youfedi: Directrice administration et finances, IBAF
- Chikou Bengono: fashion design, tailor
- Nji Oumarou Nchare: Directeur des affaires culturelles, palais des rois Bamoun
- Prince Mfouapon Yaya: Directeur, Ensemble Artistique Royal de Foumban
- El Kabir Nchankou: Chef choreographe/danseur, les Ballets Traditionels Bamoun