Uganda, Congo, Great Lakes Region, Borders, Bordering, Borderlands, Borderscapes, Border Aesthetics, Imperialism, Colonialism, History of Borderlands, Human Geography, Political Geography, Historical Geography, Visual Methods, Critical Cartography, Anthropology, Ethnography.
PhD title: 'Marking the Confines of Empire: the Historical Geographies of the Uganda-Congo Boundary, 1885-1915'
My research project focuses on the historical geographies of Uganda-Congo boundary between the late imperial and early colonial eras. In the aftermath of the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885, the Agreement signed in 1894 by Great Britain and King Leopold II divided the Anglo-Belgian spheres of influence in the Uganda Protectorate and Congo Free State along the 30th meridian East of Greenwich up to its intersection with the Nile-Congo watershed. Yet, when demarcation was completed in 1915, its shape had radically changed – now running along the Semliki River, through the Rwenzori massif and into Lake Edward, finally reaching Mount Sabinio after a snaky traverse of Ruzumburu. Looking across different geographical scales and focusing on the broad constellations of actors, practices and discourses surrounding the boundary-making process, the project investigates the hidden socio-spatial entanglements and forgotten histories underpinning the delimitation of the Uganda-Congo border between 1885 and 1915.
Dr. Sam Spiegel, Dr. Kevin Donovan
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)
Moze, F., & Spiegel, S.J. (2022) The aesthetic turn in border studies: Visual geographies of power, contestation and subversion. Geography Compass, 14(04). DOI: 10.1111/gec3.12618
Research and teaching experience
2022: Course tutor in "International Development, Aid and Humanitarianism", The University of Edinburgh (Undergraduate, Semester 1)
2021-present: Co-research assistant, Principal's Teaching Award Scheme project “Exploring Online Learning as an Avenue for Equity and Decolonial Praxis amid the COVID Crisis: Re-Imagining Africa-UK Connections and International Development Curricula” (Principal Investigator: Dr. Sam Spiegel)
2021: Course tutor and guest lecturer in “Displacement and Development”, The University of Edinburgh (Postgraduate, Online Distance Learning, Semester 2)
2021: Course tutor in “Comparative Politics in a Globalized World”, The University of Edinburgh (Undergraduate, Semester 2)
Italian Ethnological Mission in Equatorial Africa
African Politics Research Group