I am committed to the established methods of anthropology, i.e. longterm fieldwork, participant observation and interviews, in order to understand how humans communicate their experiences. My recent research has included:
- Grandparents, grandchildren and mobile phones in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Ethnography of evangelizing TV drama in Kinshasa (dissertation research, KU Leuven University).
- Ethnography of politics, memory and audio-visual journalism (British Academy, 2009-2011, funded by a Newton International Fellowship, carried out at the University of Birmingham).
- Ethnography of ICT and old age in contemporary Kinshasa (European Commission, Marie Curie IOF, FP7-PEOPLE, carried out at MIT and KU Leuven University).
I currently guide a team working on technology cultures in urban DR Congo and beyond (1960-present), in which 5 doctoral and postdoctoral scholars and myself will produce ethnographies of medical, energy and communication cultures in Kinshasa (DR Congo), Kikwit (DR Congo) and Nakuru (Kenya). These projects are funded by an Odysseus grant (FWO G.A005.14N) and an FWO-ERC-Runner Up Budget (FWO G.0.E65.14N).
Tying in with my personal subproject on communication cultures in Kinshasa, I am also involved in a comparative research program on New Media Practices in a Changing in Africa, coordinated by Prof. Dr. Jo Helle-Valle (Development Studies at HiOA, Norway) and funded by the Norwegian Research Council.