David Zeitlyn

Professor of Social Anthropology

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Professor David Zeitlyn has been working with Mambila in Cameroon since 1985, researching various topics including traditional religion, sociolinguistics, kinship and history. In recent years he has started to work with Cameroonian photographers. In 2003/4 he was the Evans-Prichard lecturer at All Souls College, Oxford presenting a series of lectures on the life-history of Diko Madeleine, the first wife of Chief Konaka of Somié. 

Zeitlyn has a long standing interest in multimedia and how internet technologies can be used to illuminate and access museum collections and archives. His work on Mambila spider divination as a 'technology of choice making' led to some pioneering observational work on how library users choose which books to read. From this he became involved in how academic research infrastructure is managed.