Catherina Wilson Janssens
Catherina Wilson Janssens is a researcher at the Institute for History.
Fields of interest
- Central Africa: DR Congo and Central African Republic
- Urban popular culture
The conflict in CAR (Central African Republic) has forced many people to flee their country. Over ninety-thousand refugees have been officially registered in DR Congo alone. The majority of those who are assisted reside in refugee camps; a minority has opted to look for opportunities elsewhere. During my research I followed Central African refugees along the CAR-DRC border. The research focuses on how these refugees or conflict (im)mobiles make choices and take decisions that draw their life paths. The setting is ‘urban’, as it follows the (im)mobiles that are outside the camps, in small provincial towns as well as in the big metropole of Kinshasa.
Catherina Wilson studied African Studies at the Leiden University, where she graduated in 2012. She carried out research in Kisangani, DRC, and wrote a thesis entitled "The Congolese Yankee: Language and Identity among Youth in Kisangani". In this work she deals with the ways youth in Kisangani creatively play with language in an attempt to overcome marginalization. The thesis touches upon the following topics: urban youth languages and culture, identity building and access to adulthood.
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