• Mostar bridge, Sarajevo
  • Victims of genocide, Nyamata memorial, Rwanda
  • Parade of coffins, Srebrenica, Bosnia
  • Mountain gorilla twins, Rwanda
  • Mosque, Sarajevo, Bosnia
  • Altar, Nyamata memorial, Rwanda
  • Remembering the dead, Srebrenica, Bosnia
  • Rural life, Rwanda
  • Victims of genocide, Srebrenica, Bosnia
  • Prisoners at work, Rwanda
  • Pigeon square, Sarajevo, Bosnia
  • VIctims of genocide, Ntarama, Rwanda

Al-Jazeera feature on “Mapping Uganda’s Massacres”

August 6th, 2014

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Deo Komakech conducts an interview in Bolo

Al-Jazeera’s online digital magazine has just published a feature piece I co-authored with photojournalist Marc Ellison on the work of Refugee Law Project’s Deo Komakech in northern Uganda. From his hometown of Kitgum, Deo has taken on an incredible project that seeks to document previously unreported mass atrocities that occurred during the recent twenty-year civil war in northern Uganda, whether perpetrated by the infamous Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) or the Ugandan military. Since launching the project in September 2010, he has archived Ugandan newspaper reports pertaining to over 4,500 LRA attacks and abductions and trained community leaders across northern Uganda in documenting additional atrocities that have yet to be reported. Thus far, an additional 230 attacks have been revealed, though more will undoubtedly follow as he extends.

The feature piece includes three mini-documentaries based on interviews conducted with Deo, and people from the northern Ugandan communities of Bolo and Labo Latek. For those of you who are unable to access the online magazine, you can download the pdf, with embedded video files, here.

The stand-alone videos are available via Marc Ellison’s youtube channel:

1). Terrorised by the living, plagued by the dead

2). Those who did this are still in power

3). A reparations programme should be victim-driven

PART II OF ORAL HISTORY REVIEW EXCHANGE ON “STORYTELLING IN ORAL HISTORY NOW ONLINE

May 23rd, 2014

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The Oral History Review blog has recently published the second part of an email exchange Alex Freund and I had surrounding the publication of his new article “Confessing Animals”: Toward a Longue Durée History of the Oral History Interview.” In it, we discuss the troubling tendency for many oral history practitioners to, following the stated benefits of narrative therapy, claim that the interview experience is inherently cathartic and healing for interviewees. To read part two of the exchange, visit: Storytelling in Oral History: An Exchange, Part 2.

Now online: Presentations from the Approaching Perpetrators workshop!

May 21st, 2014

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Last week, the Approaching Perpetrators workshop took place at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia. Generously supported by the Liu Institute, Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the workshop facilitated the establishment of a new network of ethnographers skilled in working with perpetrators, broadly defined, and provided an opportunity for indepth knowledge exchange on topics related to negotiating gatekeepers and building relationships, language and the consequences of labelling people as perpetrators, morality, ethics and voice, and managing danger surrounding fieldwork. Read the rest of this entry »

New Journal Article: Good Kings, Bloody Tyrants, and Everything In Between: Representations of the Monarchy in Post-Genocide Rwanda

May 21st, 2014

HIASarah Watkins and I have just published an article titled “Good Kings, Bloody Tyrants, and Everything In Between: Representations of the Monarchy in Post-Genocide Rwanda” in History in Africa: A Journal of Method. It is the outcome of our first (but hopefully not last) collaboration, and uses modern-day narratives related to the Rwandan monarchy as a lens for understanding the current political climate in Rwanda. The piece analyzes three narratives common in post-genocide Rwanda, as articulated by Rwandans from diverse regional, economic, ethnic, and political backgrounds. In each instance, we find that the narrators imbued the Rwandan monarchy with attributes that reflected their individual political affiliations, lived experiences, and identity. As such, we approach these narratives as mythico-histories rather than historical fact. Read the rest of this entry »

Oral History Review blog post on “Storytelling in Oral History: An Exchange”

April 28th, 2014

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The Oral History Review blog has recently published the first part of an email exchange Alex Freund and I had surrounding the publication of his new article “Confessing Animals”: Toward a Longue Durée History of the Oral History Interview.” In it, Alex discusses the genesis of the article, which seeks to promote discussion surrounding the interview and storytelling more generally as intricately embedded in Western thought and history, and therefore warranting ongoing critical discussion. To read part one of the exchange, visit: ‘Storytelling’ in oral history: an exchange.

 

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