Central Africa PhD Days

Full programme now available for download here (pdf).

In light of the success of last year’s event, we are organizing a second edition of our Ph.D. Days with a broadened focus on the Central Africa region. Opportunities for research in DRC and the wider region of Central Africa are expanding in Belgium and around the world. We feel it is important to continue to generate interdisciplinary dialogue among the various disciplines, which each have their own canon and research traditions.

With Covid-19 restrictions in mind, this event will be organized online, in an asynchronous forum that allows PhD students working on Central Africa to receive feedback on their work in progress. Presenters will post their papers and, optionally, a video presentation on their work. 

This PhD meeting will have three objectives:

  1. to identify and make visible doctoral research in progress;
  2. to connect younger colleagues;
  3. and to break down disciplinary or institutional boundaries.

If you are a PhD. candidate in any SSH discipline (social sciences and humanities) working on a Central African country, we invite you to present a paper based on a specific aspect of your research. You will get feedback from peers and senior scholars.


Attending the PhD. Days is free, but please register here by 1 March 2020. Candidates will be notified of acceptance and asked to confirm attendance by mid-March. Full papers are expected by May 15. You act as both presenter (10’) and discussant (10’). Presentations and discussion may be in English or French.

If candidates wish to propose a panel (2-3 papers per panel), please send your title, proposal, and abstracts to congoresearchnetwork@gmail.com .


25 May - 1 June 2020
Online, request access here.

Academic committee

  • Tom De Herdt (UAntwerp)
  • Benoît Henriet (VUB)
  • Katrien Pype (KU Leuven)
  • Nathalie Tousignant (USL-B)
  • Karen Büscher (U Gent)
  • Birgit Ricquier (ULB)

Local arrangements committee

Aurore Vermylen, Aymar Nyenyenzi Bisoka, Marie-Noël Cikuru, Carole Sacré, Billy Kambala (UCLouvain), Jonathon Repinecz (George Mason U, USA)