My research focuses on the interconnections between regional dynamics and everyday life along the Uganda-Congo border. Under the integration framework of the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), trade facilitation initiatives are opening the border to economic flows and selected categories of individuals, but heightened military and sanitary surveillance is also making cross-border movement increasingly more challenging for the broader population of ordinary borderland residents. Shuttling between the local and the regional scale, I investigate the impact of this restructuration of the border on the daily life of Bakonzo and Banande trans-border communities, and in turn explore that multiple ways in which discourses and practices emerging amongst borderlanders feed back into the broader dynamics of the Great Lakes region.
Dr. Sam Spiegel, Dr. Sara Rich Dorman
2019-present: PhD in African Studies, The University of Edinburgh
2017-2018: Master of Science in African Studies, The University of Edinburgh (Distinction)
2015-2017: Laurea Magistrale in International Relations, University of Bologna (110/110 cum laude)
2011-2015: Laurea Triennale in International and Diplomatic Sciences, University of Bologna (110/110)
Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Great Lakes Region, Regional Integration, COMESA, Borders, Bordering, Borderlands, Borderscapes, Anthropology, Ethnography, Human Geography, Visual Methods