Selected Publications

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Pelican, Michaela. Masks and Staffs: Identity Politics in the Cameroon Grassfields. Oxford, New York: Berghahn. (forthcoming July 2015)
Pelican, Michaela. 2006. Getting along in the Grassfields: interethnic relations and identity politics in Northwest Cameroon. Halle, Saale: Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt.
Pelican, Michaela. 1999. Die Arbeit der Mbororo-Frauen früher und heute: eine Studie zum Wandel der sozio-ökonomischen Situation semi-nomadischer Fulbe-Frauen in Nordwest Kamerun. Bayreuth: Universitätsbibliothek Bayreuth.

Edited volume/special issue

Heiss, Jan Patrick and Michaela Pelican (eds.). 2014. Se créer un avenir en Afrique / Making a future in Africa. Special issue of Journal des Africanistes 84(1).
Pelican, Michaela (ed.). 2014. BAOHAN Street: An African Community in Guangzhou. Documentary photographs by Li Dong. Cologne Working Papers in Cultural and Social Anthropology No.4. Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Cologne
Pelican, Michaela and Mahir Şaul (eds.). 2014. 'African Global Entrepreneurs', Urban Anthropology (UAS) 43: 1,2,3.

Selected articles and book chapters

Michaela Pelican and Jan Patrick Heiss. “Making a future” in contemporary Africa. Introduction. Journal des Africanistes 84(1): 7-19. Abstract
Şaul, Mahir and Michaela Pelican. 2014. Global African Entrepreneurs: A new research perspective on contemporary African migration. UAS 43 (1-3): 1-16. Abstract
Pelican, Michaela. 2014. Urban Lifeworlds of Cameroonian Migrants in Dubai. UAS 43 (1-3): 255-309. Abstract
Pelican, Michaela. 2013. Insights from Cameroon: Five years after the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Anthropology Today 29(3): 13-16. Abstract
Pelican, Michaela. 2013. International Migration: Virtue or Vice? Perspectives from Cameroon. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 39(2): 237-258. Abstract
Pelican, Michaela. 2012. From cultural property to market goods: changes in the economic strategies and herd management rationales of agro-pastoral Fulbe in North West Cameroon. In: Anatoly Khazanov and Günther Schlee (eds.). Who Owns the Stock? Collective and multiple property rights in animals. New York, Oxford: Berghahn. pp. 213-230. Abstract
Mimche, Honoré et Michaela Pelican. 2012. Quand les immigrants se font "autochtones": dynamiques d'insertion des Mbororo et insécurité foncière à l'ouest-Cameroun. In: Pierre Kamdem et Martin Kuete (eds.) L' "in"sécurité au Cameroun: mythe ou réalité? Paris: Iresma. Abstract
Pelican, Michaela. 2012. Friendship among pastoral Fulbe in northwest Cameroon. African Study Monographs 33(3): 165-188. Abstract
Pelican, Michaela. 2011. Mbororo on the move: from pastoral mobility to international travel. Journal of Contemporary African Studies 29(4): 427-440. Abstract
Pelican, Michaela. 2011. Researching South-South/South-East migration: Transnational relations of Cameroonian Muslim migrants. Tsantsa 16:169-173. Abstract
Pelican, Michaela. 2010. Umstrittene Rechte indigener Völker: das Beispiel der Mbororo in Kamerun. Zeitschrift für Ethnologie 135: 39-60. Abstract
Pelican, Michaela and Peter Tatah. 2009. Migration to the Gulf States and China: local perspectives from Cameroon. African Diaspora 2(2): 229-245. Abstract
Pelican, Michaela. 2009. Customary, state, and human rights approaches to containing witchcraft in Cameroon. In: Bertram Turner and Thomas Kirsch (eds.). Permutations of Order. Religion and Law as Contested Sovereignties. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing: 149-164. Abstract
Pelican, Michaela. 2009. Complexities of indigeneity and autochthony: an African example. American Ethnologist 36(1): 149-162. Abstract
Pelican, Michaela. 2008. Mbororo claims to regional citizenship and minority status in northwest Cameroon. Africa 78(4): 540-560. Abstract
Dafinger, Andreas und Michaela Pelican. 2006. Sharing or dividing the land? Land rights and herder-farmer relations in a comparative perspective. Canadian Journal of African Studies 40(1): 127-151. Abstract
Pelican, Michaela. 2004. Im Schatten der Schlachtviehmärkte: Milchwirtschaft der Mbororo in Nordwestkamerun. In: Günther Schlee (Hrsg.). Ethnizität und Markt: Zur ethnischen Struktur von Viehmärkten in Westafrika. Köln: Rüdiger Köppe Verlag. S. 131-158. Abstract

Selected book reviews

Pelican, Michaela. 2012. Book review: Bea Vidac. 2010. Visions of a Better World. Football in the Cameroonian Social Imagination. Berlin: LIT Verlag. Sociologus 62(1): 112-114.
Pelican, Michaela. 2011. Book review: Peter Geschiere. 2009. The Perils of Belonging. Autochthony, citizenship, and exclusion in Africa & Europe. Chicago, London: The University of Chicago Press. American Ethnologist 38(4): 841-842.
Pelican, Michaela. 2010. Book review: Ian Fowler and Verkijika Fanso (eds.). 2009. Encounter, Transformation, and Identity. New York, Oxford: Berghahn. Africa 80(4): 668-669.

Documentary films

Pelican, Michaela and Francesco Bondanini. 2014. Portrait of a Migrant Woman: Martha in Dubai. Documentary short, 14:20 min.
Pelican, Michaela and Nikolaus Greil. 2013. 'Performing Ethnography': Cameroonian masked performance enacted by anthropology students of the University of Cologne as part of the course on methods of visual and theatre anthropology, 5:31 min.
To view previous films see Visual and Media Anthropology

Radio interviews

Radio interview on witchcraft (clipping, in German), 6 min.
WDR 5, Diesseits von Eden, 14.04.2013, contribution by Naima El Moussaoui
Interviews about the photo exhibition "Baohan Street: an African community in Guangzhou"
DRadio Wissen, 15.10.2014, 06:35 min, by Grit Eggerichs
Afrotown in Guangzhou – Gespräch mit Michaela Pelican

DLF (Deutschlandfunk), 16.10.2014, 03:58 min, by Markus Dichmann
Chocolate City – Fotoausstellung über Guangzhous schwarzes Viertel
Complete CV