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Title: Remembering Rwanda : the commemoration of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda's national museums and memorials
Author: De Becker, Laura
ISNI:       0000 0004 2721 5458
Awarding Body: University of East Anglia
Current Institution: University of East Anglia
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis examines the commemoration of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, through its narration and visual representation in national museums and memorials. It is concerned with the ways in which this conflict is remembered and the current impact these modes of commemoration have on contemporary Rwandan society. By focusing on the national lieux de memoire, this work discusses their functions within Rwanda's memoryscape, as well as the contemporary artworks that are displayed therein and the commemoration ceremonies that are held around them. These visual modes of commemoration are important in contemporary Rwanda because of their role in the creation of a postmemory of the genocide. The children of genocide survivors, witnesses, perpetrators and returnees do not have direct experience of the genocidal events and they learn about them through representation, projection and creation. Therefore, the ways in which these events are portrayed in national museums and memorials is crucial because of the role these representations may play in policies of unification and reconciliation within the country. In particular, questions concerning ethnicity - one of the main 'causes' of the genocide but abolished after 1994 by the current Government - need to be addressed sensitively in the genocide memorials and museums. When dealt with satisfactory, museological displays can contribute to a better understanding between the two main ethnic groups of Rwanda. However, the exclusion of certain groups from mourning rituals and historical narratives may exacerbate tensions. An analysis of these commemorative practices is thus crucial for Rwanda's post-conflict recovery.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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