An extimate atlas of Cameroon
10 January 2024, 6:15 pm–7:15 pm
Professor Ben Pages's Inaugural Lecture using six images of places in Cameroon to reflect on his 25 years of research.
This event is free.
Ben Page – Department of Geography
Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture TheatreRoberts BuildingGower StreetLondonWC1E 6BTUnited Kingdom
About the lecture
The talk uses eight images of places in Cameroon as a way to reflect on the twists and turns Professor Page's research has taken over the last 25 years. The aim is not to show that there is a logical sequence connecting these different pieces of thinking, but instead to offer retrospective reflections on his memories of the broader endeavour.
To help with this Ben uses the ideas of ‘extimacy’ and ‘masquerade’, which both seek to unsettle the relationships between outsides, insides, and emotional connections. He concludes that any lucid moments of understanding in this research usually come from learning with or from Cameroonians, and showing more respect for that generosity and trust is something he can productively do to contribute to repairing and deracializing knowledge production.
About the speaker
Ben Page has worked in the Department of Geography at UCL since 2002. Before that, he studied at Cranfield University and the University of Oxford. He worked briefly as a water engineer in Cameroon in the mid-1990s, and has undertaken social research there ever since.
He is a specialist in the field of ‘Migration and Development’ and is a member of UCL’s Migration Research Unit.
Inaugural Lecture Series 2023/24
This lecture is part of the 2023/24 series for UCL's Department of Geography. The series provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our professors who are undertaking research and scholarship of international significance and offers an insight into the strength and vitality of the arts, humanities and social sciences at UCL.
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About the Speaker
Professor Ben Page
Professor of Human Geography and African Studies at UCL Department of Geography
Professor Page is a specialist in the field of ‘Migration and Development’ and is a member of UCL’s Migration Research Unit.More about Professor Ben Page