Ricardo Márquez García, M.A.

Doctoral Candidate 

Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies
Research Associate in Research Group 'The Concept of Slavery in African History'
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Academic Profile

Asymmetrical Dependencies in Life Stories from the Cameroon Grassfields, 1850 – 1950

The Cameroon Grassfields, located in the West Region (hinterland) of the country, were in pre-colonial times a considerable supplier of enslaved people for different Atlantic ports and a minor supplier for the Sahara trade (until c. 1889). The predominantly centralized societies of the Grassfields enslaved people mostly by trading and without raids. After the official abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade the Grassfields continued supplying people, no longer for the Atlantic ports but for African and European plantations in the coastal regions of Cameroon and Nigeria (c. 1889-1930). Depending on the perspective taken, these two phenomena can be considered as independent from each other (Transatlantic Slave Trade vs. colonial recruitment) or as two periods in the long history of human trafficking in the Grassfields. By identifying the voices (stories) of the enslaved people and taking a regional perspective, this research project aims at highlighting the strong continuities between these two phenomena instead of disconnecting them due to methodological and pragmatic issues. A third, and not less important phase in this history of asymmetrical dependencies in the Grassfields is also taken into account: the regional mobilisation of labourers for the cultivation of coffee led by the former suppliers of 'slaves' and 'forced workers' (c.1930-1950).

since 2021        
PhD in History, University of Bonn, Germany

M.A. in Interdisciplinary Latin American Studies, Free University of Berlin, Germany

B.A. in Foreign Language Didactics and Sociology, Bielefeld University, Germany

Research Associate in Research Group The Concept of Slavery in African History, University of Bonn, Germany

DAAD Language Assistant, Université de Yaoundé I, Cameroon

Student Assistant, Bielefeld University, Germany

Research Stipend at the Institute for European History in Mainz, Germany

  • Forthcoming. Johny Baleng (c. 1890–1964). A colonial broker from the Cameroon Grassfields. In Cultural Dynamics, Special Issue on 'Brokerage under scrutiny'.
  • Forthcoming. Kengni (1907–2007) - A Woman's Fate in the Cameroon Grassfields. In Life Stories. Slavery and Memories in Africa, edited by Klein, Martin and Rockel, Stephen.
  • 2018. Jamaikanische Missionare an der kamerunischen Küste am Vorabend der deutschen Kolonisierung (1844–1887). In Zeitschrift für Weltgeschichte, Nr. 2, 287–314. https://doi.org/10.3726/ZWG0220183
  • 2017. Das kamerunische Grasland und der 'Afroatlantische Dialog'. In Dialog und Dialogizität - interdisziplinär, interkulturell, international, edited by Carmen Ulrich, 232–245. München: IUDICIUM. https://www.academia.edu/36290290/Das_kamerunische_Grasland_und_der_Afroatlantische_Dialog_
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