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Catherina Wilson Janssens


Dr. M.C. Wilson Janssens
+31 71 527 6429

Catherina Wilson Janssens is a researcher at the Institute for History.

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Fields of interest

  • Central Africa: DR Congo and Central African Republic
  • Mobility
  • Identity
  • Language
  • 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.

Curriculum vitae

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.


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Afrika studies

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.37


  • Wilson Janssens M.C. (11 September 2019), Conflict (im)mobiles : biographies of mobility along the Ubangi River in Central Africa (PhD thesis. Institute for History, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University). Supervisor(s): Bruijn M.E. de, Mous M.P.G.M.PhD thesis
  • Wilson Janssens M.C. (2018), Spatial mobility and social becoming : the journeys of four central African students in Congo-Kinshasa, Geoforum .article in journal
  • Wilson Janssens M.C. (2018), Spatial mobility and social becoming : the journeys of four Central African Students in Congo-Kinshasa, Conflict and Society. Advances in Research 4(1): 214-230.article in journal
  • Wilson Janssens M.C. (23 December 2016), Principeakkoord na onrusten Congo: Kabila nog een jaar president for De Volkskrant [interview].other
  • Wilson Janssens M.C. (26 September 2016), Over de onrust in Congo for De Ochtend(NPO Radio 1) [interview].radio interview
  • Wilson Janssens M.C. (8 March 2016), Future Cities, Kinshasa the Paris of 2025 [Pakhuis, Amsterdam, March 8, 2016] (Lecture).other
  • Wilson Janssens M.C. (5 February 2016), Rumble in the Jungle: From the January 2015 riots to the #FrontCitoyen2016. Counter Voices in Africa. Leiden: Leiden University [blog entry].other
  • Wilson Janssens M.C. (6 November 2015), Vluchten uit het vluchtelingenkamp Interviewed by [interview].other
  • Wilson Janssens M.C. (23 October 2015), The Most Forgotten Conflict on Earth [HagueTalks Nachteditie: 'We the People! 70 jaar VN', Humanity House, The Hague, 23 October 2015] (Lecture).other
  • Wilson Janssens M.C. (13 October 2015), Terug bij af: Centraal-Afrikaanse Republiek Interviewed by [interview].other
  • Wilson M.C. (2015), Kindoubil: urban youth languages in Kisangani. In: Nassenstein N., Hollington A. (Eds.) Youth Language Practices in Africa and Beyond. no. 105 Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. xi, 366 pages.book chapter
  • Wilson Janssens M.C. (16 February 2015), Whose minds need to be revolutionised?. Counter Voices in Africa. Leiden: Mirjam de Bruijn [blog entry].other
  • Wilson Janssens M.C. (2015), Rumours on the Ubangui. Rumours On The Ubangui [blog entry].other
  • Wilson Janssens M.C. (14 October 2014), Duiding van het conflict in CAR: Genocide confronteert Fluiditeit [SIB Utrecht, October 14, 2014] (Lecture).other
  • Wilson M.C. (2014), Changing Definitions of Autochthony and Foreignness in Bangui, Cultural Anthropology Hot Spots(The Central African Republic (CAR) in a Hot Spot).article in journal
  • Wilson Janssens M.C. (2014), Waarom is er oorlog in de Centraal-Afrikaanse Republiek?, De correspondent .article in magazine/newspaper

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