Teaching, Events & Talks

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Captsone Projects, Applied Research Seminar, The Graduate Institute, Geneva (2 yeara)

Some of the key objectives are for students to gain practical experience and expertise in the processes required to conduct academically through applied research, strengthen capacities in using different research methods and analyses, formulating research-based policy recommendations and effective communication strategies and to develop key competencies in transferable skills: teamwork and peer dynamics; project management and planning; and internal and external communications.

Course Local Governance, Institute of Development Policy (IOB), University of Antwerp. Guest lecture, Local governance and State effects: Theories, Practices and Ambiguities of Statehood’, April 24.

Course Theory and Concepts, Institute of Development Policy (IOB), University of Antwerp. Guest lectures: ‘Discourses of Domination and Resistance’, March 23;  ‘The Will to Improve: Community Forest Management’, March 24; and ‘The Everyday State Arena’, March 25.


Urban Futures, Workshop, Co-lecturer, (spring semester), Innovation, Human Development and Sustainability Masters program, The University of Geneva.

This course aimed to train students in critical thinking, fieldwork and urban planning tools. We took our students to Dakar for 10 days  design a project for the Keur Massar municipality in Pikine, where they collected data and imagined ways to transform a wet land into an environmental-friendly, economically-viable and collectively-ran neighborhood.


The post-colonial and “neo-patrimonial” African state, Guest-lecturer, The Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva.

Visual Analysis’ & ‘Visual Analysis Exercise’ seminar, Guest-lecturer, The Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva.


Feat and Failure of the [Post]Colony: Questioning International Intervention’s Key Assumptions, Guest-lecturer, University of Amsterdam. 


Le Congo c’est foutu? Questioning ‘state failure’ with an open mind,Guest-lecturer,The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.


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2020. European Workshop in International Studies (EWIS), Université Libre de Bruxelles, ‘Fields’ of IR: Epistemic Violence, Real-Life Encounters and Methodologies, Co-organizer, Cancelled covid-19 – postponed to 2021.

2019. EISA PEC Sofia | ‘Disrupting’ Fieldwork: Interrogating Current Methodological Perspectives in the Study of IR, Section Chair, Co-organizer.2019. 

2019. Graduate Institute, Geneva | Researching (Societal) Conflict. Doing Fieldwork in Divise and Violent Context, International Workshop, co-organizer in collaboration with Ann Laudati, Oliver Jütersonke, and Charlotte Mertens. Funded by the Graduate Institute and the SNSF.

2018. University of Geneva | Civil war and State formation, International Conference, Co-organizer, in collaboration with swisspeace and the Swiss Society for African Studies.

2018. EISA PEC Prague | Doing Visual IR: Methods, Power and Politics, Co-covener.

Panel Presentation: ‘Ceci n’est pas un Etat’: Autophotographic Elicitation and World Politics, w/ Jonathan Austin.

2018. European Workshop in International Studies (EWIS), GroningenDoing Visual IR: Methods, Power and Politics, Co-covener.


2019. ECAS. The State is me, the state is you, the state is all of us. Neighborhood Chiefs in DR Congo, Book Chapter presentation, Univerity of Edinborough, June 14

2018. ISA annual Convention, San Fransisco

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

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

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