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Discussion on mass violence and genocide in Africa

25 September 2013

Africa’s contested pasts have frequently been characterised by violence. The manner of the continent’s subjugation to colonial rule; processes of indigenous resistance and accommodation; patterns of dispossession and accumulation; the construction and reconstruction of gendered identities; liberation movement dynamics; and the postcolonial politics of patronage have all shaped African experiences of violence and antagonisms.

To this list could be added past and present manifestations of xenophobia; the struggle for scarce resources in conditions of extreme inequality and climate change; and many more.

Looking at the above, the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice will host a colloquium on Mass Violence and genocide in Africa: Colonial and postcolonial perspectives on 26 September 2013.

The aim of the colloquium is to account, through a mixture of historical case studies and over-arching contemporary thematic and conceptual analyses, for a spectrum encompassing individual trauma, mass violence and genocide.

Time: 08:00-16:45
Place: Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice (DF Malherbe House and the Centenary Complex)

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