PhD defence

Shaping Claims to Urban Land. An Ethnographic Guide to Governmentality in Bukavu’s Hybrid Spaces

PhD candidate mr. F (Fons) van Overbeek
Promoter prof.dr.ir. JWM (Han) van Dijk
Co-promoter PA (Peter) Tamas
Organisation Wageningen University, Sociology of Development and Change, Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS)
Date

星期三 14 十月 2020 11:00 until 12:30

Venue Aula, gebouwnummer 362

Summary:

In Bukavu, a rapidly growing city in the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, neither claimants of land nor claimants of authority can solely rely on one identity or institution in order to secure their claims. Lasting recognition of claims requires constant renegotiation across a shifting diversity of competing individuals and their practices; all sustaining, challenging, redirecting, and contributing to the unpredictable hybridization of claim-making practices. This constant hybridization of the requirements of recognition compromises the security of any claim. Rather than securing definitive recognition, what is reciprocally maintained is permanent investment and perpetual uncertainty. As to adequately study this complex hybridization, which is different for every single claimant, this research meticulously demonstrates that an operationalization of hybridity through an ethnographic reading of Michel Foucault’s framework of governmentality is a challenging, but analytically productive choice as it provides a more detailed, non-normative, and non-essentialist analysis in contested spaces.