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Alexandre Erik Dauge-Roth
President and Trustees of Bates College (Lewiston, ME 04240-6028)
Who Speaks Behind the Archive? Witnessing and Documenting Personal and National Reconciliation in Post-Genocide Rwanda

Departing from other works that have attempted to assess the process of reconciliation in terms of success or failure, my analysis privileges the plurality of meanings and social practices that make up "reconciliation" in Rwanda today. Furthermore, my research aims to fill a void within Genocidal Studies and Francophone Studies since no major scholarly work has been published on the documentaries and testimonies recounting the genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda. Most scholars in Francophone studies have worked on the literary representations of this genocide while testimonies and documentaries have been neglected genres. "Who Speaks Behind the Archive?" examines testimonial and filmic strategies used by survivors to create narratives and visual archives that offer counter-archives inviting us to reflect on the limits of the current archiving process, the relation between memory and forgiveness, and the challenges of reconciling the many dissenting voices coexisting within Rwanda.

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Project fields:
African Studies

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2010 – 9/30/2010