Cities at War. A Lecture Series by the Conflict Research Group edition:4th lecture. location:University of Ghent, date:19 May 2009
The Democratic Republic of Congo often calls up images of the Heart of Darkness, where death arrives suddenly and unexpectedly. Congo's inhabitants have nontheless generated a visible capacity to cope with the daily consequence of war and violence. Femke Van Zeijl (NRC Handelsblad) and anthropologist Filip De Boeck (U of Leuven) discuss how life has changed in Congo's cities during this country's long civil war.
War and Conflict often acquire an outspoken urban translation. Whether being the scene of armed struggle, or the focal point of a humanitarian operation, the city compels ordinary people to cope with the spatial dimensions of violent social change. In a series of four lectures a team of international specialists discusses these contemporary aspects of urban violence in Asia, Africa and Latin America.