Memory cultures

Episode 14: Memory in Post-Genocide Rwanda


How is the 1994 genocide remembered in today’s Rwanda? How do Rwandans make sense of their experiences of the genocide and its aftermath?

In this episode, we are discussing how Rwandan history is perceived, engaged with and deployed for different purposes in the post-genocide context. The Rwandan case shows us that “there is no straight line to reconciliation”, says our guest Erin Jessee, an oral historian and genocide scholar from the University of Glasgow. Erin is the author of Negotiating genocide in Rwanda: Politics of History, an oral history-based study of the memory politics in Rwanda based on the narratives of officials, survivors, returnees, perpetrators, and others whose lives have been intimately affected by genocide.

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Memory Cultures in Dialogue is a podcast and blog of the Humanitarian Law Center. The project is supported by NIWANO Peace Foundation from Japan.

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