Histories of healing and healing objects in the Great Lakes Region - PhD project by Pieter de Coene

Start - End 
2021 - 2021 (ongoing)



There are a number of collections at Gent University and at Tervuren that contain objects connected to long-standing healing practices in the Great Lakes region, in particular the cluster of cults often referred to as Cwezi-Kubandwa. This project aims, firstly to trace the history of these collections, to reconnect them to their communities of origin and understand their roles. Secondly, it seeks to develop a new understanding of the dynamics of these healing cults. Rather than treat them as either foci of gendered resistance or instruments of elite domination, it seeks to understand them in the context of the making and circulation of objects and gendered domestic negotiations. 



Phd Student(s)