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George Njung

Dr. George Njung received his doctorate from the University of Michigan in 2016, where he wrote on “Soldiers of their Own: Honor, Violence, Resistance and Conscription in Colonial Cameroon during the First World War.” He is currently working on his out-of-dissertation book tentatively titled The First World War in Cameroon: A Gendered, Global, and Transnational History Narrative. The book explores how even as Europeans engaged in conscripting West Africans for military service and labor, notions of respectability, honor, and masculinity remained pivotal to how Africans responded to the call to war in 1914. He emphasizes the transnational and global contours of the Cameroon campaign, as well as delineates the different ways in which men, children and women experienced the vortex of war in that German colony, which was seized from Germany at the end of the war and arbitrarily bifurcated between Britain and France, splitting ethnicities, cultures and polities apart, the disastrous consequences of which are still being felt today in Cameroon. Generally interested in precolonial and colonial African history, Dr. Njung’s research bailiwicks include: transnational histories, global historical processes since the 15th century, colonial legacies, gendered history narratives, war and terror, and colonial violence. He brings an African history perspective to the program at WSU, and hopes to put Africans and their history in dialogue with others. See Dr. Njung’s CV.