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Title:The Rwandan genocide: a critical re-evaluation
Editors:Vambe, Maurice T.ISNI
Zegeye, AbebeISNI
Periodical:African Identities (ISSN 1472-5851)
Geographic term:Rwanda
African Union
Abstract:This special issue on the Rwandan genocide of 1994 contains nine articles that attempt to create a language of analysing the genocide without re-fomenting past hatred. The articles acknowledge that some change in the quality of life of Rwandans has taken place there and in writing about Rwanda. Abebe Zegeye's 'Methodological problems to the understanding of the Rwandan genocide' suggests that increased research on the genocide has encouraged writers to approach this sensitive subject from different disciplinary perspectives which draw attention to the many ways in which the genocide can be understood. Nyasha Mboti problematizes the one-dimensional gaze in Hollywood films about Africa, such as 'Hotel Rwanda'. Urther Rwafa expands the analysis of film as a symbolical site of the genocide by comparing 'A good man in hell' (2002), 'Keepers of memory' (2004), 'Hotel Rwanda' (2004), and 'Sometimes in April' (2005). Tendai Chari's 'Representation or misrepresentation? The New York Times's framing of the 1994 Rwanda genocide' demonstrates that the Western press framed and sold its own versions of the genocide. Karin Samuel examines the representation of the genocide and its aftermath in Boubacar Boris Diop's 'Murambi: the book of bones' (2006). Maurice T. Vambe analyses elements of the abject and the romantic in Andrew Brown's novel 'Inyenzi: a story of love and genocide' (2007). Véronique Tadjo's article, which is based on what she observed while she was in Rwanda just after the genocide, confirms as well as questions the government's modes of institutionalizing memories of the genocide. Tadjo's second contribution, 'Interview with Boubacar Boris Diop', also engages one of the authors who visited Rwanda and wrote about the country after the genocide. Finally, Mpfariseni Budeli and Beauty Vambe introduce a legal perspective to the analysis of the genocide, assessing the capacity that institutions such as the AU Commission can provide by way of deterrence to future crimes against humanity. [ASC Leiden abstract]