Cobalt Blues: A Conversation on the politics of resource extraction and education in the DRC

Event Summary

A conversation on the politics of resource extraction in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Event Details

The Arthur V. Mauro Institute for Peace & Justice at St. Paul’s College and Canadian Jesuits International present: COBALT BLUES: A Conversation on the politics of resource extraction and education in the DRC.

When: Thursday, March 21, 2024 | 10:00am – 11:15am (CST) / 11:00am – 12:15pm (EST) via Zoom and in-person at St. Paul’s College, Winnipeg (Room 225)

This event is free and open to the public.

Presenter and Panelists:

Dr. Evelyn Namakula Mayanja
Assistant Professor, Carleton University, Canada Dr. Mayanja’s research explores the international political economy of resources: wars, conflicts, and cooperation in natural resource sectors; race; and politics, among others. She is currently researching mineral resource-based wars/armed conflict and the extraction of minerals for green energy, and their impact on community, socio-economic, cultural, and environmental measures, displacement, and peacekeeping in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Fr. Toussaint Kafarhire Murhula SJ
Director, The Arrupe Centre for Research and Training, Lubumbashi, DRC
Fr. Toussaint is a Jesuit priest who received his PhD in Global Politics and International Relations at Loyola University, Chicago. His research interests include social justice, democracy, and peace. He has taught at universities in the US, Hungary, Kenya and in Kinshasa, DRC. One of the Arrupe Centre’s main objectives is to raise awareness and address the social, economic, and environmental injustices created by irresponsible mining practices in Lubumbashi.

Yolanda González will give a short response highlighting a Latin American perspective on mining and its intersection with women’s rights. ERIC-Radio Progreso is a Jesuit centre that accompanies Honduran community organizations through research, broadcast communications, training and advocacy in land rights, social justice, and human rights.