Dopo il genocidio. Le rappresentazioni della storia in Rwanda

Author/s Giulia Becchis
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2011/7 Language Italian
Pages 11 P. 98-108 File size 128 KB
DOI 10.3280/HM2011-007010
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The author investigates Rwanda "history rewriting" process, in particular of precolonial period, promoted after 1994 genocide by Rwandan academics and government and by foreign historians and anthropologists, as a consequence of debates and reflections on the role that historical narratives and their manipulation had in the formation of conflictual identities related to an «histoire-ressentiment». While in Rwanda rewriting history is an important part of Unity and Reconciliation policy - inaugurated after genocide with the goal to restore a new national consciousness after "ethnic" violences and conflicts that dominated past decades -, for foreign researchers the political and ideological use of historiography led to reflect on social scientists’ role in crisis areas and in delineating the relationship between past, present and the construction of the future.

Keywords: Rwanda, reconciliation, rewriting history, precolonial history, nationalism, genocide

Giulia Becchis, Dopo il genocidio. Le rappresentazioni della storia in Rwanda in "HISTORIA MAGISTRA" 7/2011, pp 98-108, DOI: 10.3280/HM2011-007010