Educational Travel Seminar to Rwanda and Ethiopia

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution and Human Rights


In partnership with scholars Amy Fagin and Dr. Amanda Grzyb

 

EMERGING SCHOLARS TRAVEL SEMINAR TO RWANDA AND ETHIOPIA:


MEMORIALS; MUSEUMS; NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL MEMORY AND MEMORIALIZATION  
August 5, – August 20, 2014.

THIS SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL SEMINAR to Rwanda and Ethiopia is designed for emerging scholars in the fields of Comparative Genocide Studies, Memory Studies, Museum Studies, Media Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, History and cognate fields.  This 16-day travel experience and professional / academic course will prepare the emerging scholar to gain knowledge and professional skills through study, observation and direct experience, dialogue with experts and implementation of critical analytical skills in understanding the history of genocide, post conflict challenges and the role of museums, memorials and civil society in remembrance, commemoration, reconciliation and reconstructions in these two nations.

COURSE AND TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS

Participants will prepare for the course with preliminary scholarly readings and three webinars in July prior to travel.  Each of the first two webinars will focus on the history of the each country and the organizations we will be visiting.  The third webinar will cover travel orientation and safety matters for each country.

* In New York we will begin our travel experience with the Program Director of the African Sites of Conscience from the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

* After arrival in Kigali we will explore the Kigali Memorial Centre for a comprehensive overview of the genocide and meet with KMC employees as well as the Country Director for the Aegis Society and African Union Human Rights Memorial  (AUHRM) consultant.

*Visits to the Belgian Memorial, Ntarama Memorial, Nyamata Memorial, Nyange Memorial, Bisesero Memorial as well as discussions with guides, curators and directors. These visits will be interspersed with hikes and visits to beautiful Lake Kivu and the Akagera National Park.

*Travel to Addis Ababa will include visits and consultation with directors / curators of the Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum, the Ethnological Museum,  The Monument of the Martyrs and the African Union Headquarters where we will learn about the AUHRM process.

* We will travel by air to Bahir Dar where we will explore the history of the Martyrs Memorial Monument as well as the spectacular history of the region.  A trek to Gondar and the Simien Mountains will conclude the travel portion of the seminar. 

 Nela Navarro: nnavarro@rutgers.edu
 Amy Fagin:  20thci@gmail.com