PhD Days Congo Research Network

We organize a two-day PhD meeting with three objectives: (1) to identify and make visible doctoral research in progress; (2) to connect younger colleagues; and (3) to break down disciplinary or institutional boundaries.

If you are a PhD candidate in any SSH discipline, enrolled in a Belgian University and/or residing in Belgium, we invite you to present a paper based on a specific aspect of your research. You will get feedback from peers and senior scholars.

Generating Dialogue

Today, many young researchers in Belgium in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)s are working on topics related to the DR Congo. Especially since the past decade, scholars attached to Belgian universities have become more and more interested in the DRC, thus significantly expanding the field of Congo studies. Furthermore, the reopening of the Africa Museum and the transfer of the Africa Archives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the State Archives has offered new research opportunities. We feel it is important to generate interdisciplinary dialogue among the various disciplines, which each have their own canon and research traditions.


Justin Bisanswa (ULaval/Université de Nantes 2018-2019) will be presenting the keynote address on "The Congolese novel as chronicle of contemporary history".


Attending the PhD Days is free, but please register here, by sending in an application including an abstract of not more than 500 words before March 1st 2019. Full papers are expected by May 15. You act as both presenter (10’) and discussant (10’). Presentations and discussion are in English.

You can also apply for a full panel. In that case, your proposal should include three individual paper proposals, and an abstract introducing the theme of the panel, plus a panel title. Please send it to


Tom De Herdt (IOB, UAntwerp)

Benoît Henriet (VUB)

Katrien Pype (KULeuven)

Nathalie Tousignant (UCL-B)