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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Sublime N. Mabiala

Sublime N. Mabiala
Sublime N. Mabiala
International Development School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Religion and Politics, African Christianity and Ethics, Theo-Political Anthropology, Epistemology of Hope, Post-Conflict Environment, Participatory Reconstruction, G/Localization, Religion and Transnationalism, North-South Partnership, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Congolese Spiritualities

PhD Title

Religion, Political Participation and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Research Description

My Ph.D. investigates the political participation of religious institutions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (the DRC). This country is respectively labeled as a post-conflict environment (PCE) and one of the Africa's largest Christian nations. This research examines why the political participation of faith-based organizations is important in the democratization, reconciliation, and state reconstruction processes. It covers the period from 1990 to present and allows for a deeper analysis of the effectivity of the religious elite and networks in the shaping of the country's politics.

Co-supervisors: Dr. Tom Boylston and Dr. Barbara Bompani.