Filip Boeck (De)

Region of Interest


Primary Country of Residence



Full Professor


Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium


Mailing Address

Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa (IARA)
Faculty of Social Sciences
Catholic University of Leuven

Phone/Fax Number(s)

phone: +32 16 326046
fax: +32 16 326000

Countries of Specialization

Democratic Republic of Congo ; Angola

Research Interests

Activities, Research Teaching: geographical area of interest: Congo (ex-
Zaire), Angola.

Research Interests: urban anthropology

Teaching Interests

Teaching interests: urban anthropology, political anthropology, postcolonial theory,
anthropology of children and youth.


IT (Articles in internationally reviewed academic journals)

De Boeck, F. (2012). Infrastructure: Commentary from Filip De Boeck. Cultural Anthropology, 2012 (November 26), 3, Online. (IF publication year: 2.49) (most recent IF: 1.61).

De Boeck, F. (2011). Inhabiting ocular ground: Kinshasa's Future in the Light of Congo's Spectral Urban Politics. Cultural Anthropology, 26 (2), 263-286. (IF publication year: 2.95) (most recent IF: 1.61).

De Boeck, F. (2008). La réponse aux critiques de Filip De Boeck. Politique africaine (110), 183-189.

De Boeck, F. (2006). La ville de Kinshasa, une architecture du verbe. Esprit, 12, 79-105.

De Boeck, F., Van Synghel, K. (2006). Interview with Vincent Lombume Kalimasi (DVD). Politique africaine, 100, DVD.

De Boeck, F. (2005). The apocalyptic interlude: revealing death in Kinshasa. African Studies Review, 48 (2), 11-32.

De Boeck, F. (2005). Autour d'un livre: witchcraft, violence and democracy in South Africa. Politique africaine, 97, 179-183.

De Boeck, F., Plissart, M. (2004). The city is the body. Lotus international, 124, 12-17.

De Boeck, F. (2001). Garimpeiro worlds: digging, dying and hunting for diamonds in Angola. Review of African Political Economy, 90, 549-562. (most recent IF: 0.92).

De Boeck, F. (2000). Le "deuxième monde" et les "enfants-sorciers" en République Démocratique du Congo. Politique africaine, 80, 32-57.

De Boeck, F. (2000). Faire et défaire la société: enfants, jeunes et politique en Afrique. Politique africaine, 80, 5-11.

De Boeck, F. (2000). Borderland Breccia: The Mutant Hero in the Historical Imagination of a Central-African Diamond Frontier. Journal of Colonialism & Colonial History, 1 (2).

De Boeck, F. (1998). Domesticating diamonds and dollars. Expenditure, identity and sharing in Southwestern Zaire. Development and Change, 29, 777-810.
De Boeck, F. (1998). Democracy and the state-society paradigm. Reflections on S. Adelman's Paper. Journal of legal pluralism, 42, 89-94.

De Boeck, F. (1994). When Hunger Goes Around the Land: Food and Hunger in Luunda Land. Man, 29 (2), 257-282.

De Boeck, F. (1994). Of Trees and Kings: Politics and Metaphor among the Aluund of southwestern Zaire. American ethnologist, 21 (3), 451-473. (most recent IF: 1.74).

Devisch, R., De Boeck, F. (1994). Ndembu, Luunda and Yaka divination compared:from representation and social engineering to embodiment and world-making. Journal of Religion in Africa, 24 (2), 98-133.

De Boeck, F. (1991). Therapeutic Efficacy and Consensus among the Aluund of SW Zaire. Africa: Journal of the international African institute, 61 (2), 159-185. (most recent IF: 0.75).

De Boeck, F. (1991). Of Bushbucks without horns: male and female initiation among the Aluund of southwest Zaire. Journal des Africanistes, 61 (1), 37-71.

De Boeck, F. (1991). Comment on van der Geest's and Reynolds-Whyte's Article 'The Charm of Medicines: Metaphors and Metonyms. Medical anthropology quarterly, 5 (2), 170-172. (most recent IF: 0.61).


urban anthropology.