The “Conflict Minerals” Paradigm: Ecology, Technology, and Power

Join us for a conversation with Josaphat Musamba about the intersection of resource extraction, systems of governance, armed conflict, and security – and the urgent ecological crisis that is inextricable from the technologies that define our modern world.

Josaphat Musamba is a Congolese researcher of conflict, DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration) processes, security dynamics, and mining governance with the Study Group on Conflicts and Human Security at the University Research Center of Kivu. He has worked for several NGOs in Eastern Congo as a consultant and liaison officer and was a member of the DR Congo UN Group of Experts 2016-2017 Mandate (Congolese staff). He holds a master’s degree from the Catholic University of Louvain and in 2019 began his PhD at Ghent University with the Conflict Research Group. Currently, he is working on the social anthropology of security practices and conflict dynamics in the Bwito chieftaincy (North Kivu) and Haut Plateaux of Fizi, Itombwe, and Uvira (South Kivu).

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