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Thursday, April 7 • 9:30am - 10:00am
Politics of Memory:Contrasting the Public and the Individual Memory the Rwandan Genocide

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As scholars analyze acts of public memories of tragic events such as the Rwandan genocide, they combat the effects of politics in the process of memory. In the Rwandan case, pertaining to the genocide of 1994, there must be an acknowledgement that all victims and survivors deserve respect and acknowledgement. An inclusive memory of the tragic events is paramount for reconciliation and the abatement of future conflicts. This research examines the complexities in public memory vis-à-vis the Rwandan genocide in contrast with individual/private memory. Is there a possibility of disconnect between public and individual memory of Rwandans, particularly the Hutus about the genocide of 1994? To answer this question, this research will analyze the concepts of memory from various fields of study with the aim of finding distinctions between private, or as will be the case in this study, individual memory as contrasted with public memory. In addition to examining theories of memory, the research will explore how the Rwandan genocide is remembered publicly in contrast with the individual accounts. Similarly, an assessment of how the reconciliation process has affected remembering the genocide will be examined.


Thursday April 7, 2016 9:30am - 10:00am
Big Horn Room UW Student Union

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