Publications & Talks

Peer-Reviewed Papers

2018. ‘The Workings of ‘Soft’ Governance in Crisis: Ambiguities of the State in DR Congo.’ Blog entry. Eds. Velibor Jakovleski and Annabelle Littoz-Monnet, The Global, the Global Governance Center Blog, IHEID, March 8th.

2017. ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, in The Challenges Undisclosed. Reflecting on the invisible experiences of doctoral fieldworkField Diary Issue Series 2, guest eds. Liz Storer & Anna Shoemaker, Resilience in East African Landscape (REAL).

2017. Contributor. ‘Advice for Colombia from countries that have sought peace – and sometimes found it‘, The Conversation, February, 17.

2015. ‘Feat and Failure in (Post-) Colonial DRC: Navigating the Labyrinth of the Negotiated State‘, Chambre de Commerce Suisse-RD Congo (CCSC) September-October Newsletter.

2015. ‘The ‘Gomenyi’ borderland: It’s not always all about war‘, Amani Itakuya Essay Series II, Ed. Christoph Vogel, August 17.

2014. ‘Mbuji-Mayi and Lubumbashi: The urban offspring of the ‘resource curse’?’, Unpublished background paper. Geneva: Small Arms Survey.

Academic Publications

2018 (forthcoming). ‘Neighborhood chiefs in urban DRC: “The state is me, the state is you, the state is all of us.”’ In Tom de Herdt & Kristof Titeca (eds), Death to the state, long live the state? Real governance beyond the ‘failed state’ in the Democratic Republic of Congo, London: Zed Books.

2017. ‘Reintegrating Former Fighters in the Congo. Ambitious Objectives, Limited Results‘, International Peacekeeping, 24 (2): 254-279.

Presentations and Lectures

2018. ISA annual Convention 2017.

  1. Working Group | ‘Unsettling’ International Relations: Knowing and Unknowing the Settler Colonial Present. Convenors: Magid Shihade, Sharri Plonski, Elian Weizman & James Eastwood. Part of Rountable “Facts on the Ground” – The hidden (violent) links between material and discursive practices.
  2. Pre-ISA Workshop | World Political Compositions. Convenors: Jonathan Austin & Anna Leander. Presented the article The Composite Self: Doing IR in Contemporary DRC.

2017. ECAS 2017. ‘Mokili Ebende’ | Un Monde de Fer. Explorer l’Etat Composite : Le Cas des Services de l’Urbanisme en RD Congo. University of Basel, June 30.

2017. ISA Annual Convention 2017. The Composite State: Embodied Control and Planned Imaginary. Illustrations from DR Congo’s Urban Services. Baltimore, February 23.

2016. Feat and Failure of the [Post]Colony: Questioning International Intervention’s Key Assumptions, University of AmsterdamCollege of social sciences. Bachelor  Human Geography and urban planning, Course ‘Introduction to International Development Studies’, Professor Niels Beerepoot, November 7.

2016. CCDP-IDRC Research Workshop on Urban Safety and Peacebuilding. Presentation: The Neo-Liberal City and the Panopticon State: Cases from the DR Congo, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva July 4-5 .

2015. Rethinking State-Failure in the Democratic Republic of Congo, The Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva: Masters of Development, course ‘Introduction to Conflict and Development’, Professors R. Bocco and G. Carbonnier, March 26.

2013. Opérations de maintien de la paix : Quel futur ?, Association Mosaïque, Université de Lausanne, Novembre 21

Other Publications

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In the Long Run editors have been publishing some my fieldwork photographies for their ‘Image of the Week’ series in 2017-2018:

Working Papers

The Composite State: Embodied Control and Planned Imaginary. Illustrations from DR Congo’s Urban Services.

Ceci n’est pas un état: A Visual Ethnography of the Maintenance Work(ers) of the (Failed) State.

‘Shouldn’t you be teaching me?’ The Congolese State: A Failed Mimesis of the ‘Modern State’?

Shrewd Urbanites Put State Failure To The Test: Negotiating Access To Public Services In Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic Of Congo.