Conference

Rwanda After 1994: Stories of Change

6th July 2018
University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK

Confirmed Keynotes: Esther Mujawayo-Keiner and Malaika Uwamahoro

Rwandan Stories of Change is pleased to announce an international conference to be held at the University of St Andrews on the 6th of July 2018. We will bring together scholars from across the Humanities and Social Sciences to explore how Rwanda has changed since the genocide of 1994.

Since 1994 Rwanda has undergone remarkable shifts and transitions: culturally, economically, and educationally the country has gone from strength to strength. This conference seeks to gather diverse perspectives on the changing social and cultural fabric of Rwanda in the past 24 years. We invite participants to consider the context of these changes, particularly in relation to the ongoing importance of remembering and in wider developments in the Great Lakes and East Africa regions. Equally we are keen to explore what stories of change are emerging from Rwanda: creative writing and testimonies, as well as national, regional, and international political narratives. Which frameworks might be most useful for understanding different kinds of change? And looking forwards, what new directions are emerging, and how will Rwanda’s trajectory be shaped by other global factors?

We invite creative writers, practitioners, and scholars from history, anthropology, international relations, modern languages, psychology, sociology, and beyond to submit proposals for 20 minute papers.

Areas for discussion may include but are not limited to:

  • Healing, wellbeing, and positive growth
  • Peacebuilding
  • Ndi Umunyarwanda and identity
  • Publishing in Rwanda
  • Development in the East African Community
  • Reconciliation: Gacaca, transitional justice, and beyond
  • Grassroots cultural and creative projects

Abstracts (300-400 words) for 20 minute papers can be emailed along with a short biographical note to hannah.grayson@st-andrews.ac.uk at any time. The conference will also include a poster session for postgraduate students, who can send a short description of their research to the same email address as an expression of interest.

We are delighted to welcome Esther and Malaika to St Andrews:

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Video of Malaika: