Gillian Mathys

Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 35
Room 130.012
B-9000 Gent
tel: ++32 (0)9 33 10284


  • Master in History, Ghent University 1999-2003
  • Master of Arts in African Studies, School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) 2004-2005
  • PhD in History, Ghent University, March 2014



Room 130.012, UFo, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 35, 9000 Ghent. 

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Research interests

  • State and state formation in the eastern Congo from a local perspective; land; use and mobilization of history and historical naratives within a conflict context; Simba rebellions 
  • PhD-research: 'People on the move. Frontiers, borders, mobility and history in the Lake Kivu region 
  • Master's thesis (SOAS, 2005): 'The migration of 'Banyarwanda' towards the Kivu during the colonial period'
  • Master's thesis (University Ghent, 2003): 'The star in the land of unholy idols: an interpretation of the images in the Belgian colonial cinema (1947-1957)'


Extensive research experience in Rwanda and the eastern Congo since 2009;



Publications(active tab) 


  • Mathys, Gillian. 'Het wapen van de Congolese geschiedenis' [The weapon of Congolese history]. Opinion piece in De Morgen, 13.11.2008.

  • Stefaan Smis & Gillian Mathys, 'Reader overzicht van de geschiedenis van Afrika', Gent, Acco, 2008.