Jeroen Cuvelier

Jeroen Cuvelier
Ghent University | UGhent · Department of Conflict and Development Studies

PhD Social and Cultural Anthropology

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July 2011 - present
Ghent University
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Publications (39)
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For the last two decades, the Congolese Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sector has been undergoing reforms of its governing structures. A recurrent argument supporting the reforms — predominantly in the 3T ASM sector (i.e. tin, tantalum and tungsten) — is that artisanal mining feeds violence (including sexual violence), conflicts, underdevel...
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Starting from temporary settlements turning into permanent urban centers, this paper discusses the transformations taking place through the process of so-called ‘boomtown’ urbanization in Central and Southern Africa. Based on data collected in Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the paper identifies the different conditions for mig...
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Recent decades have witnessed a growing scholarly interest in women's involvement in ASM, with many authors drawing attention to two frequently occurring trends: the fact that women move to mining areas to escape oppressive gender rules and norms, and the remarkable efforts of women miners to exercise agency in the typically complex and unstable so...
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This article offers a brief introduction to a special issue based on a selection of papers originally presented at an international mining conference in Ghent (Belgium) in December 2017. The aim of the conference was to promote a comparative and multidisciplinary approach to a selective number of political, economic and socio-cultural aspects of mi...
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This article calls for a historical and spatial approach to studying the role of local elites in mineral production networks, paying attention to how they operate across scales and how they navigate structural constraints over time. Using empirical data from different mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, it conceptualizes local elites as thos...
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The purpose of this chapter was to analyze thé implications of neoliberal customs reform un thé border town of kasumbalesa.
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The Katangese artisanal mining sector has grown spectacularly since the late 1990s. Faced with political instability and economic crisis, tens of thousands of men have moved to the mining areas in order to find new sources of income. This article offers a detailed ethnographic description of how male migrant workers experience and cope with the cha...
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This introduction launches the new portfolio of articles on African mobilities and situates the three articles of this special section within the portfolio's approach. This could be summarized in three key objectives. First, it seeks to highlight the inadequacy of enthusing in Africa simply as a venue where the itineraries of things and people from...
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There exists a widespread assumption that many of the belligerent parties in eastern DRC finance part of their war efforts through the sale of mineral ores originating from the areas under their control. As a result, recent years have witnessed the launch of various national and international initiatives to make the Congolese artisanal mining secto...
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This article examines the relationship between artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) and surface land tenure arrangements, through a comparison of mining areas in the southern Philippines, the eastern DRC and Liberia. In all three cases, ASM takes place in peripheral regions outside central state control, where both land- and mineral tenure are ch...
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The past two decades have witnessed growing concerns in policy circles about the role of natural resources in conflicts in the Global South. New frameworks of intervention have been designed with the aim of cutting the assumed links between armed groups and resources, and promoting transparent models of resource governance. This article argues that...
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This article, based on 16 months of anthropological fieldwork between 2005 and 2012, examines the relationship between work and masculinity among artisanal miners, or creuseurs, in Katanga, the south-eastern province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It argues that men's involvement in artisanal mining should be considered not only as an eco...
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But the dominant understanding of the reasons behind Congo's war is not without critique. Different experts have raised their concerns about the too narrow scope on conflict dynamics in the DRC.
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Neoliberal reforms, fragile state and legal pluralism As a result of the fact that the Congolese government has agreed to embark on a neoliberal project aiming to reform and modernize the country’s customs services, Kasumbalesa, a booming border town on the international frontier between Congo and Zambia, has recently been equipped with a “guichet...
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As a result of the fact that the Congolese government has agreed to embark on a neoliberal project aiming to reform and modernize the country’s customs services, Kasumbalesa, a booming border town on the international frontier between Congo and Zambia, has recently been equipped with a “guichet unique” or “single window” facility. Although this new...
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This paper analyses how Ugandan army commanders have mobilised transborder economic networks to exploit economic opportunities in eastern DRC during the military intervention of the Ugandan People's Defence Force (UPDF) in Congo's wars (1996–97; 1998–2003). These transborder networks are the starting point of our evaluation of the informal politica...
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This dissertation deals with the phenomenon of artisanal mining in Katanga, the southeast province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. In the course of the past decade, thousands of people have moved to the Katangese mining areas with the aim of finding new sources of income and developing new strategies to be able to cope with the continuing econ...
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This chapter deals with the complex dynamics of domination and resistance in the mining sector in Katanga, the south-east province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Faced with the decline of the state mining company Gécamines but encouraged by the spectacular rise of mineral prices over the past few years, an estimated 250,000 Katangese ar...
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Shadow networks and regional configurations : the case of coltan in the Democratic Republic of the Congo The conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo gave rise to a new and informal process of regionalization that has emerged alongside more official projects, such as the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Through the intersectio...
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According to the International Rescue Committee, as many as 3.3 million people have lost their lives, either in direct fighting or from the outbreak of diseases as a result of the war1. Despite the formation of a two-year national transition government, composed of representatives of the former Kinshasa regime, the pro-government Mayi Mayi-militias...
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The optimism in a favourable outcome of the peace process in the DRCongo has been tempered by outbursts of violence in the eastern part of the country. The warp and weft of regional (Ugandan and Rwandan) and local influences has created a complex interplay of shifting political alliances and economic interests. This article tries to understand the...

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(Silent) Voices is a collective of researchers from the field of development and (post-)conflict studies working in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe who strive for an open dialogue on the practice of transnational collaboration in academic field research. https://www.gicnetwork.be/silent-voices-about/
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When transnational mining corporations start up a large-scale mining project, they often decide to dispossess, relocate and resettle (some of) the people living in their mining concession, so that they can move ahead with their mining operations in an undisturbed manner. This research project seeks to examine the impact of this involuntary displacement on people's sense of feeling at home. The project wants to examine which strategies displaced people develop to adapt to their new living and working environments, and to gain acceptance by their host community (i.e. the population of the area to which they have been moved). Research will be carried out in the former Congolese Katanga province, where the abundant availability of strategic minerals such as copper, cobalt, tin and zinc has led to the development of a flourishing industrial mining industry, dominated by transnational mining corporations.