On Tuesday 8 May Forum for Africa Studies organized a public screening and a roundtable discussion on the lessons and legacies of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The event was co-organized with the Embassy of Rwanda in Sweden, in commemoration of the genocide. The film screened was a documentary of the genocide called Ghosts of Rwanda, produced by Greg Barker in 2004. The roundtable was moderated by Karen Brounéus from the Peace and Conflict Research Department at UU. The roundtable participants were H.E. Christine Nkulikiyinka, Rwanda’s Ambassador to Sweden; Richard Myrenberg, journalist at Swedish Radio (SR) and until recently SR’s Africa correspondent based in Rwanda; Anne Kubai, Centre for Disciplinary Studies on Racism, UU; Jean-Bosco Habyarimana, Dept. of Global Studies, Gothenburg University; and Molly Sundberg, Dept. of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, UU (coordinator of Forum for Africa Studies).


The event was held in the Geijer Hall (English Park Campus) and was introduced by Sten Hagberg, Director of Forum for Africa Studies (Dept. of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology).


The roundtable discussions concerned, among other topics, social and economic dimensions of post-conflict reconstruction; the background and causes of the genocide; domestic and international mechanisms of post-genocide transitional justice; and the practices and challenges of preserving the evidence of the genocide. The event was attended by some 70 persons, and the roundtable discussion engaged a considerable number of persons from the audience who posed questions to the roundtable members. Such questions included efforts to raise awareness internationally about the genocide, the relationship between the international community and the Rwandan government following the genocide; the democratic nature of “strong men” like President Paul Kagame, who’s been president since 2003; and the local and political causes of the genocide.






Roundtable participants