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Understanding Political Violence in 1994 Rwanda

Thursday, April 10, 2014
12:00 AM
Michigan League, Koessler Room

A conference on Contextualizing the Political Violence in Rwanda, 20 years later

20 years have passed since the political violence in Rwanda occurred touching the lives of millions as victims, perpetrators, bystanders and refugees. While there has been a reasonable amount of attention given to the topic, there have been only a few rigorous efforts put forward to understand what took place. Interestingly, the understanding of what took place has shifted in certain respects from the earlier investigations.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, the University of Michigan's International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Department of Political Science will convene a meeting of diverse scholars and practitioners in order to assess how the topic has been studied, what is known about what took place, what is not known and what are the implications of Rwandan political violence for Rwanda and for the study of political conflict and violence, humanitarianism and political order and legitimacy more broadly conceived.

Conference Speakers:
Christian Davenport, University of Michigan
Allan Stam, University of Michigan
Reed Wood, Arizona State University
Filip Reyntjens, University of Antwerp
Sonja Star, University of Michigan
Erik Melander, Uppsala University
Christopher Black, International Criminal Defense- ICTR

Sponsored by the International Policy Center, African Studies Center, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, and the Ford School Diversity Center.