Dr Reuben Loffman
Senior Lecturer in African History
Email: email@example.comTelephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8346Room Number: ArtsTwo 3.32
I joined Queen Mary in 2013. Having taught English for eight months in Tanzania, I studied for my BA in History at Lancaster University. This was followed by two MAs, at SOAS and Durham University respectively.
Afterwards, I completed a PhD at Keele University. Before joining Queen Mary, I taught at Keele University, the University of Manchester, the University of Birmingham, and the University of Bristol.
My work highlights the agency of local people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and their responses to imperialism, war, and international development following formal decolonisation in 1960. My research explores relations between local intermediaries, state cadres, and international actors. In particular, I am interested in the spaces that Congolese people carved out over and above authoritarian rule and how these spaces affected patterns of development, governance, and violence. As well as publishing my research in academic forums, I have also appeared on Al-Jazeera , Actualite.cd, PowerFM and RFI English.
- Church, State and Colonialism in Southeastern Congo, 1890-1962 (Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2019) - Shortlisted for the Ecclesiastical History Society Book Prize 2020
- (Forthcoming) 'The history of Rubber Production in Africa', Research Encyclopaedia of African History.
- (2022) 'De Hemptinne, the Benedictines and Catholic Assimilation on the Congolese Copperbelt, 1911-1960,' The Journal of Ecclesiastical History.
- (2020) ''My Training is Deeply Christian and I am against Violence': Jason Sendwe, the Balubakat, and the Katangese Secession, 1957-1964,' The Journal of African History.
- (2019) With Benoit Henriet, '‘We Are Left with Barely Anything’: Colonial Rule, Dependency, and the Lever Brothers in the Belgian Congo, 1911–1960,' The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.
- (2018) 'Same Memory, Different Memorials: The Holy Ghost Fathers (Spiritans), Martyrdom, and the Kongolo Massacre,' Social Sciences and Missions, 31, 3-4, pp.217-250.
- (2017) ''An Interesting Experiment': Kibangile and the Quest for Chiefly Legitimacy in Kongolo, Northern Katanga, 1923-1934.' International Journal of African Historical Studies, 50, 3, pp.461-477.
- (2017) 'Belgian Rule and its Afterlives: Colonialism, Developmentalism, and Mobutism in the Tanganyika District, Southeastern DR-Congo, 1885–1985.' International Labor and Working Class History, 92, pp.47-68.
- (2016) 'On the Fringes of a Christian Kingdom: The White Fathers, Colonial Rule and the Báhêmbá in Sola, Northern Katanga, 1909-1960.' Journal of Religion in Africa (link is external), 45, 3-4, pp.279-306.
- (2014) 'An Obscured Revolution? USAID, the North Shaba Project, and the Zaïrian Administration, 1976–1986.' Canadian Journal of African Studies (link is external), 48: 3, pp.425-444.
- (2012) ‘Men and Women of the Water: The Lokele of Stanleyville and Yakusu under Belgian Rule, 1885-1960.’ African Studies (link is external), 71: 1, pp.52-70.
- (2011) ‘In the Shadow of the Tree Sultans: African Elites and the Shaping of Early Colonial Politics on the Katangan Frontier.’ Journal of Eastern African Studies (link is external), 5: 3, pp.535-552.
Chapters in Books
- (2021) 'Le Régime du Caoutchouc: Esclavage et Travail Forcé: Le Congo de Léopold II, 1885-1908,' in Paulin Ismard, Benedetta Rossi, and Cécile Vidal, (eds), Les Mondes de L'Esclavage: Une Histoire Comparee (Paris, Seuil), pp.335-340.
(2008) ‘A History of Violence: The State, Youth, and Memory in Contemporary Africa.’ African Affairs, 108: 430, pp.125-133.I have also reviewed books for African Affairs, The Journal of Modern African Studies, the Journal of Southern African Studies, Africa, The Times Literary Supplement and H-Net France. I have also contributed to The Conversation.
I welcome applications from candidates wishing to undertake doctoral research on any aspect of sub-Saharan African history from 1850s, including:
- political authority and trade in the late pre-colonial period;
- the negotiation of power relations under indirect rule;
- the politics of decolonisation;
- the history of local, national, and international development;
- violence and warfare in Central Africa from 1870s to the present
I have appeared on the 'AskHistorians' podcast (link is external). I have also appeared on 'The Conversation' YouTube channel (link is external). I have offered commentary for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) (link is external). I will be featured on The Know Show Podcast (link is external), the Ecclesiastical History Society Podcast (link is external) and the Mile End Institute Podcast (link is external) at some point in the next few months (I have already recorded these podcasts so they are in the production phase).