Meike de Goede
Fields of Interest
French Equatorial Africa, Congo-Brazzaville, DR Congo, decolonization, Matsouanism, messianic politics, democracy, elections, governance, memory.
My current research focuses the late colonial and early post-colonial period in French Equatorial Africa. I am particularly interested in the history of the rapport between the late colonial and early post-colonial state and the Matsouanist movement, a politico-religious movement founded on the ideas of André Matsoua (1899-1943), a prominent Congolese resistance leader. This history is characterized by (passive) resistance of a marginalized social group, violence, repression, in the context of a highly complex and ill-understood process leading to the independence of Congo-Brazzaville. The history of this movement, and the traumatic events its members have experienced, has subsequently been systematically silenced. My research thus combines archival research with oral history and memory of witnesses and their descendants.
- African Politics
- Thesis Seminar Africa
- "Seek Ye First the Political Kingdom” - Histories of the State in Africa
- Ontwikkeling & Cultuur: een verkenning van media-antropologie
- De Geschiedenis van Afrika van Nul tot Nu
- History of Ideas and Institutions in Africa: ideologies and practices of power
- Seminar in African History: Conceptualisations and Practices of Peace in Post-Colonial Africa
- African History and Politics
|Lecturer, Leiden University|
|2013:||Lecturer, Edinburgh University|
|2011-2012:||Konrad Adenauer Foundation/EU, Kinshasa, DRC.|
|2007-2011:||Tutor, University of St Andrews, UK.|
Election Observer Democratic Republic of Congo, EISA International
Election Observation Mission
Election Observer South Africa, EISA International Election Observation
|2002-2006:||Netherlands Institute for Southern Africa|
- PhD International Relations, University of St Andrews, 2012
- MA Peace and Conflict Studies and Human Rights, Utrecht University, 2006
- MA History, Leiden University, 2002
M.J. de Goede (2015) '"Mundele, it is because of you": History, Identity and the Meaning of Democracy in the Congo', Journal of Modern African Studies Vol. 53, No. 4, pp. 583-609.
An analysis of Citizen and Subject: Contemporary Africa and the Legacy of Late Colonialism for the Macat Library. This analysis offers an online learning tool for students about this seminal text in Africa studies.
M.J. de Goede (2015) Consuming Democracy: Loberal Peace and Local Agencies in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Leiden: African Studies Centre
M.J. de Goede (2011) ‘From the Air-Conditioned Offices to the Everyday: the Kinshasa Street Parliamentarians and the Popular Reclaiming of Democracy’, in. Oliver P. Richmond and Audra L. Mitchell (eds), Hybrid Forms of Peace: From Everyday Agency to Post-Liberalism, pp. 141-161. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
M.J. de Goede and C. van der Borgh (2008) ‘A role for diplomats in post-war transitions? The case of the International Committee in Support of het Transition in the Democratic Republic of Congo’, African Security, Vol 1, No. 2.
M.J. de Goede (2008) ‘Private and Public Security in post-war Democratic Republic of Congo’, in S. Gumedze (ed.) The private Security Sector in Africa, pp. 35-68. Pretoria: Institute for Security Studies.