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Dr Eric Morier-Genoud

MSc (SOAS), MA, PhD (SUNY-Binghamton)

Lecturer in African history

On Sabbatical in 2015-16

Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3881

Office: 14UQ.201

Eric Morier-Genoud is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton (USA), where he completed his PhD on the Politics of the Roman Catholic Church in colonial Mozambique. He joined Queen’s in September 2008, having spent the previous six years as a research and teaching fellow at the Universities of Lausanne, Basel and Oxford. His main research interests are politics, religion, the Portuguese-speaking world, Southern Africa and Christian missions. He is currently working on three projects, namely (1) a biography of Kamba Simango, a Mozambican Black internationalist in the early 20th Century, (2) a local history of the war in Mozambique after independence, and (3) a history of the ICRC mission to Kenya during Mau Mau, 1957-59.



Select Articles and Book chapters

  • "Introduction. Religions in Angola: History, Gender and Politics" , Social Sciences and Missions, no.28/3-4, 2015 (edited special issue on topic)
  • “Renouveau religieux et politique au Mozambique: entre permanence, rupture et historicité”, Politique africaine, n°134, June 2014, pp.155-177.
  • “Revolution, War and Democracy. The Catholic Church in Mozambique” in Paul C. Manuel, Alynna Lyon & Clyde Wilcox (eds), Religion and Politics in a Global Society. Comparative Perspectives from the Portuguese-Speaking World (Lanham: Lexington, 2013), with Pierre Anouilh, pp.185-203.
  • “Missions and Institutions: Henri-Philippe Junod, Anthropology, Human Rights and Academia between Africa and Switzerland, 1921–1966”, Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Religions- und Kulturgeschichte (Fribourg), 2011, pp.193-219.
  • “Mozambique since 1989: Shaping democracy after Socialism” in A.R.Mustapha & L.Whitfield (eds), Turning Points in African Democracy (Oxford: James Currey, 2009), pp.153-166.
  • “A Prospect of Secularization? Muslims and Political Power in Mozambique Today”, Journal for Islamic Studies (Cape Town), nº27, 2007, pp.233-266.
  • “Point d’appui: L’Afrique moderne, côté cour, côté jardin”, Nouveaux Cahiers de l’IUED (Paris/Geneva: Presses Universitaires de France), n°15, 2004, pp. 255-282.
  • “Sant’Egidio et la Paix. Interview de Don Matteo Zuppi et Riccardo Cannelli”, LFM. Missions & Sciences Sociales, nº13, octobre 2003, pp. 119-145.
  • “The 1996 ‘Muslim holiday’ affair. Religious competition and state mediation in contemporary Mozambique”, Journal of Southern African Studies, Oxford: Taylor & Francis, vol.26, n°3, September 2000, pp. 409-27.

A full list of my publications is available here.


  • ANT1003 A World on the Move. Anthropological and Historical Approaches to Globalisation
  • HIS2061 Nationalisms and Liberation in the 20th C. Africa
  • HIS3099 Modernity in Mission. Overseas Christian Expansion, 1858-1980s
  • MHY7080 Topics in Religion, Identity and Conflict

Current PhD supervision

I welcome applications from students who wish to work on: 

  • African history (war, nationalism, islam, christianity, diaspora)
  • Missions and missionaries (masculinity, contribution to sciences, imperial culture)
  • Portuguese-speaking world (empire, colonialism, migration, ideology)
  • War and memory (peace processes, memory formation, memorials)