Selected Publications

For the full list of publications, see complete CV

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3173-2410, Scopus author ID: 25959246200
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Pelican, Michaela. 2015. Masks and Staffs: Identity Politics in the Cameroon Grassfields. Oxford, New York: Berghahn. Read introduction
Book reviews by Peter Geschiere, 2018, Africa 88(3): 626-627; Jude Fokwang, 2016, American Anthropologist 118(4): 849-850; Ousmanou Adama, 2016, Schweizerische Gesellschaft fĂŒr Afrikastudien. Newsletter 2016-2.
Pelican, Michaela. 2006. Getting along in the Grassfields: interethnic relations and identity politics in Northwest Cameroon. Halle, Saale: UniversitÀts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt.
Pelican, Michaela. 1999. Die Arbeit der Mbororo-Frauen frĂŒher und heute: eine Studie zum Wandel der sozio-ökonomischen Situation semi-nomadischer Fulbe-Frauen in Nordwest Kamerun. Bayreuth: UniversitĂ€tsbibliothek Bayreuth.

Edited volumes/special issues

Pelican, Michaela, Sabine Damir-Geilsdorf, and Karim Zafer (eds.). 2020. Flucht - Familie - soziale Netzwerke: Forschungen mit GeflĂŒchteten in und um Köln. Kölner Arbeitspapiere fĂŒr Ethnologie (KAE) No. 08.
Pelican, Michaela and Sofie Steinberger (eds.). 2017. Melilla. Perspectives on a Border Town. Kölner Arbeitspapiere zur Ethnologie 6. Institut fĂŒr Ethnologie, UniversitĂ€t zu Köln.
University of Cologne Forum "Ethnicity as a Political Resource" (ed.). 2015. Ethnicity as a political resource: Conceptualizations across Disciplines, Regions, and Periods. Bielefeld: Transcript. Open Access E-Book
Maruyama, Junko and Michaela Pelican (eds.). 2015. Indigenous Identities and Ethnic Coexistence in Africa. Special issue of African Study Monographs 36(1).
Pelican, Michaela and Mahir Şaul (eds.). 2014. African Global Entrepreneurs, Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development (UAS) 43: 1,2,3.
Heiss, Jan Patrick and Michaela Pelican (eds.). 2014. "Making a Future" in Contemporary 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. Kölner Arbeitspapiere zur Ethnologie 4. Institut fĂŒr Ethnologie, UniversitĂ€t zu Köln.
Damir-Geilsdorf, Sabine, Mira Menzfeld und Michaela Pelican (eds.). 2014. Islam und Sport: Einblicke in das interdisziplinĂ€re Forschungs- und Lehrprojekt „Ethnographie vor der HaustĂŒr“ der UniversitĂ€t zu Köln. Kölner Arbeitspapiere zur Ethnologie 5. Institut fĂŒr Ethnologie, UniversitĂ€t zu Köln.

Selected articles and book chapters

Pieke, Frank, Björn Ahl, Elena Barabantseva, Michaela Pelican, Tabitha Speelman, Wang Feng, and Xiang Biao. 2019. How immigration is shaping Chinese society. MERICS China Monitor, 27.11.2019.
Damir-Geilsdorf, Sabine and Michaela Pelican. 2019. Between regular and irregular employment: Subverting the kafala system in the GCC countries. Migration and Development 8(2): 155-175.
Ngeh, Jonathan und Michaela Pelican. 2018. Intersectionality and the Labour Market in the United Arab Emirates: the Experiences of African Migrants. Zeitschrift fĂŒr Ethnologie 143(2): 171-194.
Pelican, Michaela and Li Dong. 2017. PHOTO ESSAY: Baohan Street: An African Community in Guangzhou. In: Hodgson, D.L. & J. Byfield (eds.) Global Africa. University of California Press, Oakland.
Pelican, Michaela. 2016. Les migrants camerounais Ă  DubaĂŻ: stratĂ©gies d’insertion socio-Ă©conomique et relations transnationales. Al Irfan 2, Revista de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales. Dossier ‘Repensar el multiculturalismo’: 91-114.
Pelican, Michaela. 2015. Movimientos por los derechos indĂ­genas en África: Perspectivas desde Botsuana, Tanzania y CamerĂșn. Revista Contra Relatos desde el Sur 12: 31-46
Pelican, Michaela. 2015. Neoliberal Challenges and Transnational Lives of Cameroonian Migrants in Dubai. In: Rogaia Mustafa Abusharaf and Dale F. Eickelman (eds.). Africa and the Gulf Region: Blurred Boundaries and Shifting Ties. Berlin: Gerlach Press: 92-110. Abstract
Pelican, Michaela and Junko Maruyama. 2015. The Indigenous Rights Movement in Africa: Perspectives from Botswana and Cameroon. African Study Monographs 36(1): 49-74. Abstract
Pelican, Michaela and Jan Patrick Heiss. 2014. “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. Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development (UAS) 43: 1-16. Abstract
Pelican, Michaela. 2014. Urban Lifeworlds of Cameroonian Migrants in Dubai. Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development (UAS) 43 : 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. 2011. Mbororo on the move: from pastoral mobility to international travel. Journal of Contemporary African Studies 29(4): 427-440. Abstract
Pelican, Michaela. 2009. Complexities of indigeneity and autochthony: an African example. American Ethnologist 36(1): 149-162. Abstract

Documentary films and exhibitions

Exhibition: China Migrant: Photographs and short films by Daniel Traub. IN-EAST Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen, November 2019 ‒ March 2020. Curators: Birgit Mersmann, Michaela Pelican, Daniel Traub.
Podcast Series 'Research, Action & Art', Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology, University of Cologne, 2016; student contributions supervised by Caterina Reinker, Michaela Pelican and Sabine Damir-Geilsdorf.
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