Boko Café with Dr. Pedro Monaville

Our fifth session Boko Café took place on June 22th, 2021 between 3-5pm (Berlin time) with our guest Dr. Pedro Monaville, a historian of modern Africa and a professor of History at NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE. He gave a presentation on “Students, the Church, and Decolonization in the Congo.

Dr. Monaville’s current research project focuses on the role of student activism in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and notably on how Congolese university students helped give meaning and content to their country’s independence in the 1960s and 1970s. Through their activism and intellectual work, students introduced and mediated new ideas about culture, politics, and the world. In his current book project, Dr. Monaville follows the collective trajectory of the Congolese students of the 1960s. The project shows how students contributed to reimagine the Congo as a decolonized polity by connecting their country to global discussions about revolution, authenticity, and equality.

Dr. Monaville suggested three readings for the participants:

  • Monaville, P. (2019). The political life of the dead Lumumba: Cold War histories and the Congolese student left. Africa, 89(S1), S15-S39. doi:10.1017/S000197201800089X
  • KANTROWITZ, R. (2018). CATHOLIC SCHOOLS AS ‘A NATION IN MINIATURE’: CATHOLIC CIVISM IN SENEGAL AND BENIN, 1960–1970s. The Journal of African History, 59(2), 221-239. doi:10.1017/S0021853718000300
  • Biaya, T. (1999). Société Parallèle, “Mobutucratie” et Nationalisme Post-colonial en République Démocratique du Congo. African Journal of Political Science / Revue Africaine De Science Politique, 4(1), 63-82. Retrieved June 20, 2021, from