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CRN Workshop : Current Perspectives in Congo Research, Brussels, December 20

Workshop: Current Perspectives in Congo Research (Human and Social Sciences).

Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles, December 20 2013.


9-9.15: Welcome speech by Dr. Katrien PYPE (assistant professor, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) and Benoît HENRIET (PhD student, Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles).


9.15-10.15: Panel 1. The Congo and International Policies: Peacekeeping, Cooperation and Global Crisis.


Chair/Discussant: Nathalie TOUSIGNANT (Professor, Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles).

-Hubertus Juergenliemk (PhD student, University of Cambridge).

Collective EU action in the DR Congo? Assessing European Union Security Sector Reform initiatives Governance.

-Anne-Sophie GIJS (PhD student, Université Catholique de Louvain).

La Belgique et l’anticommunisme au Congo (1945-1961) : une histoire aux répercussions bilatérales et internationales.

-Esther MARIJNEN (PhD student, Vrije Universiteit Brussel).

The impact of EU policies in Nord-Kivu assessed from a bottom-up peacebuilding perspective : the role of EU aid in contentious interactions in the Virunga national park.


10.20-11.20: Panel 2. Urban Cultures in Contemporary Congo.


Chair/Discussant: Karen BÜSCHER (Professor, Universiteit Gent).


-Peter LAMBERTZ (PhD student, Universität Leipzig).

Uncomfortable silence: A Japanese New Religious Movements’ silent sound sites in Kinshasa.

-Thomas HENDRIKS (Postdoctoral fellow, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven).

 Queering Congo Studies: Urban Masculinities and Homo-Erotic Desires.

-Guillaume BUMBA (PhD Student, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven).

Kahemba : Ville en mutation. Analyse d’une géographie vécue dans une ville frontalière.


11.20-11.35: Coffee Break.


11.35-12.50: Panel 3. Congolese Diaspora and Foreign Presence in the Congo: New Perspectives.


Chair/Discussant: Dr. Bambi CEUPPENS (MRAC/KMMA).


 -Ana Stela DE ALMEIDA CUNHA (Postdoctoral fellow, Centro em Rede de Investigaçao em Antropoligia, Lisbon).

The Chinese presence in the Lower Congo: mitshulas, commerce and fear.

-Sarah DEMART (researcher, Université de Liège).

Belgian Postcolonialism and Migratory Reconfiguration.

-Joëlle MUKENA MUTOMBO (PhD student, Université de Liège).

Active citizenship of young second generation of Congolese origin in Belgium: the case of young people living in Brussels, Anvers and Liège.

-Ding YUAN (PhD Student, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven).

African transnationalism foodscape in contemporary China: A case of Congolese restaurants in Guangzhou.


12.50-13.40 : Lunch break.


13.40-15.00 : Panel 4. (Post)colonial Arts, Culture and Education.


Chair/Discussant: Amandine LAURO (Postdoctoral fellow, Université Libre de Bruxelles).


-Charlotte GRABLI (PhD student, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris).

The History of Musical and Festive Practices in Leopoldville from the 1930s to the 1960s.

-Flavio QUINTALE (Assistant-Professor, RWTH-Aachen University.)

The literary representation of Lumumba in Aimé Césaire’s Saison au Congo.

-Maëline LE LAY (Research fellow, Sciences Po Bordeaux).

The making of the artistic stage in Katanga at the colonial era.

-Karen HULSTAERT (PhD student, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven).

Congolese History in post-colonial history education: textbooks used at Collège Imara, Lubumbashi.


15.00-16.00: Panel 5. Borders and Sovereignty.


Chair/Discussant: Filip DE BOECK (Professor, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven).


-Bas DE ROO (PhD student, Gent Universiteit).

The blurred lines of legality in early colonial Africa. Customs and smuggling in the Congolese M’Bomu region (1889-1908).

-Benoît HENRIET (PhD student, Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles).

Sovereignty in the Making in the Congo Free State (1876-1908).

-Clara DEVLIEGER (PhD student, Cambridge University).

“Syrie” et “Bamuela”: State-making and Citizenship on the Kinshasa-Brazzaville Border.


16.00-16.15: Coffee Break.


16.15-17.15: Roundtable session on research methodologies in Congo studies.


Chair: Katrien PYPE (assistant professor, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven).


Participants: Jeroen CUVELIER (Postdoctoral fellow, Universiteit Gent), Marie FIERENS (PhD student, Université Libre de Bruxelles), Joseph KONI MULUWA (Postdoctoral fellow, Universiteit Gent), Bérengère PIRET (PhD student, Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles).




About Congo Research Network

The Congo Research Network (CRN) is a community of researchers working on DR Congo and its diaspora across the Humanities


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