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Dr Katrien Pype

Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT (Cambridge, USA) and K.U. Leuven (Belgium)


Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT (Cambridge, USA) and K.U. Leuven (Belgium)


Massachusetts Institute of Technology E51-163,
77 Massachusetts Avenue,
Cambridge MA 03291,




Dr Pype received her Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Anthropology (2008, K.U. Leuven, Belgium) with a dissertation on the production of evangelizing TV fiction in Kinshasa.  She has published on the topic and on other aspects of Kinshasa’s popular culture, such as martial arts and dance.  Between February 2009 and February 2011, she was a Newton International fellow at the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham, UK, where she worked on a postdoctoral project that examined the interfaces of memory, media and politics in Kinshasa’s early democracy.

As from February 2011, Katrien is a Marie Curie IOF, postdoctoral fellow, at the Institute of Anthropological Research in Africa (K.U. Leuven) and the Science, Technology and Society Programme (MIT, Boston).  She is currently in Boston, working on a project that studies the interfaces of sociality, ICTs and the life worlds of old aged in contemporary Kinshasa.     

Key research/capacity building interests

Research Interests

  • Media and culture
  • Technology and society
  • Intergenerational relations

Key methodological skills

  • Ethnographic fieldwork

Current/planned research

  • Old age in Kinshasa: social and religious life worlds
  • Technology and old age in Kinshasa