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Grants & Awards


  • Award | Filip De Boeck received the 'spiegelprijs 2010' for his documentary 'Cemetery State'. The 'Spiegelprijs' is an initiative of the 'Fonds Patrick De Spiegelaere' and 'Wereldcentrum vzw'. It is annually accorded to a project that contributes to the realistic representation of Africa. The first 'Spiegelprijs' in 2008 was accoraded the the KVS. Last year photographer Dieter Telemans won.
    The presentation of the 'spiegelprijs' takes place in Sint Niklaas, 24 April 2010.
    More on the spigelprijs on http://www.wereldcentrum.be/spiegelprijs.htm (in dutch).
  • Award | On May 5 2008 Filip De Boeck receives the award Henry Lavachery from the Académie Royale des sciences, des lettres et des beaux-arts de Belgique for the book Kinshasa. Récits de la ville invisible he wrote together with the photographer Marie-Françoise Plissart. Since 1961, this prize is awarded every five years to outstanding work in francophone anthropology. The book is based on years of intensive field research on the city in Central Africa, and the exhibiton that accompanied its original publication in 2004 was awarded a Golden Lion on the Ninth Architecture Biennial in Venice, Italy. The French translation of the English original was published in 2005 by Renaissance du Livre.
  • Honorary Doctorate | Prof Dr. Em. Renaat Devisch is granted an honorary doctorat by the University of Kinshasa. Read more>.
  • Honorary Doctorate | Valentin Mudimbe is granted an honorary doctorate by the KU Leuven. Promotor: F. De Boeck. Read more.
  • Award | At the Architecture Biennial 2004 in Venice, Italy, the Belgion Pavillion (curators: Filip De Boeck and Koen Van Synghel) was awarded the Golden Lion 2004 (best installation) for their exhibition on Kinshasa entitled The Imaginary City. Read more.
  • Honorary Doctorate | Jean-Marc Ela is awarded an honorary doctorate by the KU Leuven. Promotor: R. Devisch. Read more.


  • Project | 2014-2019. Odysseus-grant funded by FWO. Technology Cultures in Urban DR Congo (1960-present): Kinshasa, Kikwit and Lubumbashi. Principal Investigator Katrien Pype more info here http://soc.kuleuven.be/web/newsitem/1/1/nl/998
  • Project | 2013-2017. OT research project funded by KU Leuven. Planning Poverty. The impact of neoliberal urban planning on everyday life in African Cities (Nairobi, Lubumbashi).. Promotor: Filip De Boeck; co-promotors: Ann Cassiman & Steven Van Wolputte Doctoral researcher: Jan Van Den Broeck more info here
  • Project | 2012-2016. research project funded by FWO. Planning Poverty. The impact of neoliberal urban planning on everyday life in African Cities (Nairobi, Lubumbashi).. Promotor: Filip De Boeck; co-promotor: Ann Cassiman Doctoral researcher: Geertrui Vannoppen more info here

  • Project | 2007-2011. KU Leuven Research Grant (Onderzoekstoelage). The anthropology of secondary cities. Promotor: Filip De Boeck; co-promotors: Ann Cassiman & Steven Van Wolputte.
  • Project | 2007-2011. FWO-Vlaanderen project. De grens voorbij. De politieke ecologie van het Kunene grensgebied 1850-1950 (FSR Flanders project Beyond the border: the political ecology of the Kunene frontier, 1850-1950) (ref). Pomotor: Steven Van Wolputte.
  • Project | 2006-2010. VLIR-UOS-doctoraatsbeurs voor onderzoekers verbonden aan een Vlaamse universiteit. Conservatie, beheer en vermarkten van natuurgebieden in ruraal en urbaan Burkina Faso: een antropologische benadering van lokale en globale perspectieven en initiatieven. (VLIR-UOS-doctoral grant for researchers attached to a Flemisch University: Conservation, management and commodification of nature reserves in rural and urban Burkina Faso: an anthropological study of local and global perspectives and initiatives.). Promotor: Ann Cassiman, IARA Leuven. Co-promotor: Sten Hagberg, Upssala University.
  • Research Grant | 2006 Onderzoekskrediet FWO-Vlaanderen Horens en profeten: vee, geweld, verzet en herinnering in Noord-West Namibië. (FSR Flanders research grant Horns and prophets: cattle, violence and memory in North-West Namibia FWO KAN2006 – Promotor: Steven Van Wolputte
  • Project | 2005 Onderzoekskrediet FWO-Vlaanderen Ongehoorzame onderdanen: vee, identiteit en moderniteit in Noord-West Namibië (FSR Flanders research grant Disobedient subjects: cattle, identity and modernity in North-West Namibia) FWO KAN2005 – Promotor: Steven Van Wolputte
  • Grant | 2004-2007: grant awarded by the University Association Leuven ‘Research Platform for Art’ in collaboration with the Advanced Master’s Transmedia (the only Belgian AM in Fine Art). Entitled Anthropology of World-Mapping, the project links medical anthropology to art, crisis to creativity. The goal is a ‘cartography’ of the new millenium – how would a contemporary Mercator map this rhizomatic world of ours? - with guest lecturers participating in workshops (a.o. Michael Taussig, Rosi Braidotti, Simon Pope, David Toop, Paul Vandenbroeck, David Toop, Bracha Lichtenberg-Ettinger) and published proceedings. Contact: Filip De Boeck and Koen Stroeken
  • Research Grant | 2003-2004 Onderzoekskrediet FWO-Vlaanderen Giving is Keeping: children, witchcraft and the transformation of the gift logic in Kinshasa. Promotor: Filip De Boeck

Individual fellowships

  • Dr. Thomas Hendriks: ''Emergent Masculinities and Gender Dissidence in Kisangani''. Promotor: Filip De Boeck funded by a postdoctoral fellowship of the FWO
    Counter-balancing the still heterosexist underpinnings of most Congo research, this postdoctoral research project looks at various forms of same-sex desire in the urban context of Kisangani. It offers an ethnographic description of the complexities and ambiguities at the heart of everyday constructions of masculinity by highlighting the considerable scope for homo-erotic desire within their largely homosocial contexts of performance. It analyses how these desires, as long as they remain unsaid, do not destabilize hegemonic masculinities but contribute to their maintenance and reproduce a dominant phallic sex/gender system. Moreover, at the margins of this gender system, self-identified fioto or ''gay'' men and boys perform (explicitly gendered) sexual identities. Re-defining themselves as ''modern'' or ''connected'.'. (branché) and daily negotiating issues of discretion and respectability, their emergent sexualities are understood in the context of an urban popular culture which contains both virulent forms of homophobia – often recoding homosexuality as an occult sectarian practice – and implicit homo-erotic possibilities. This research project, far from being an ethnography of a supposedly ''gay'' community lurking in the shadows of the city, is a self-consciously queer approach to contemporary urban sexualities and masculinities that foregrounds the fluid production of desire in Kisangani's political economy of sex.