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Recognising and Responding to Genocide Denial

About this event

Denial of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda has significantly increased in recent years, with prominent intellectuals and journalists finding a growing voice in the mainstream media and in academic institutions. This panel will bring together Rwandan and international experts from academia and civil society working on issues related to the genocide against the Tutsi and its denial. The event will take the form of a series of questions, prompting panellists to engage in discussions about genocide denial in its many manifestations, delineating the major arguments of genocide deniers and the forms and patterns denial takes. Panellists will also consider the consequences of genocide denial both in terms of its immediate impact on the survivor community as well as its broader impact on public opinion and political decision making. Finally, panellists will reflect on how we, as a community, should respond collectively to genocide denial in a general sense but also in specific cases where known genocide deniers are given a public platform.

Panellists:

Richard Benda

Phil Clark

Linda Melvern

Paul Rukesha 

James Smith

Moderators: 

Catherine Gilbert

Caroline Williamson Sinalo

Please send any queries about this event to catherine.gilbert@newcastle.ac.uk and caroline.williamsonsinalo@ucc.ie

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    James Smith Founder & CEO @ Aegis Trust

    Dr James Smith CBE is co-founder of The National Holocaust Centre and Museum (1995) and of the Aegis Trust (2000). In 2004 he worked with survivors and the Kigali City Council to establish the Kigali Genocide Memorial, the base from which the Aegis Trust’s Peace Education Programme was developed.

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    Linda Melvern British Investigative Journalist

    Linda Melvern researches and writes exclusively about the genocide against the Tutsi. Her books include A People Betrayed. The Role of the West in Rwanda’s Genocide (Zed 2000), Conspiracy to Murder. The Rwandan Genocide (Verso 2004), Intent to Deceive. Denying the Genocide of the Tutsi (Verso 2020).

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    Richard Benda Tutor & Research Fellow @ Luther King House

    Dr Benda is a Tutor in Contextual and Practical Theology and specialises in the complex interactions between religious beliefs and political agency. His current research explores intergenerational dialogues on guilt, shame, transformation and accountability in the aftermath of the genocide.

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    Phil Clark Professor of International Politics @ SOAS University of London

    Phil Clark has written extensively on post-genocide justice, reconciliation and memorialisation in Rwanda and on the politics of the International Criminal Court in Africa. In 2014, he founded the Aegis Trust programme on Research, Policy and Higher Education (RPHE) and is currently an RPHE advisor.

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    Paul Rukesha Digital Content Development Coordinator @ Aegis Trust

    Graduating in sociology from the University of Rwanda, Paul Rukesha has worked for over a decade at the Kigali Genocide Memorial with the Aegis Trust, documenting eyewitness testimony and coordinating major projects for the Genocide Archive of Rwanda and National Archives Rwanda.

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    Catherine Gilbert NUAcT Fellow in Modern Languages @ Newcastle University

    Dr Gilbert’s research examines genocide commemoration and education in the Rwandan diaspora. She is the author of From Surviving to Living: Voice, Trauma and Witness in Rwandan Women’s Writing (2018) and co-editor of On Commemoration: Global Reflections upon Remembering War (2020).

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    Caroline Williamson Sinalo Lecturer in World Languages @ University College Cork

    Dr Williamson Sinalo is author of Rwanda after Genocide: Gender, Identity and Posttraumatic Growth (CUP, 2018). Her research focuses on conflict in Africa’s Great Lakes region, touching on issues including testimony and trauma, media representations of conflict, and gender issues.