Dr Richard Benda. Academically,
I identify myself as political philosopher who is interested in the
complex interactions between religious and political agency. My passion
has always been understanding of core foundations that hold societies
and body politics together. So I studied Latin and Modern Languages in
High school before undertaking legal studies in tertiary education.
After graduating in Law and teaching Criminal law and Constitutional Law
(Independent University of Kigali), I became increasingly dissatisfied
with the legal as a critical interpretive framework of post-genocide
Rwanda. This led to doctoral studies in Religious Philosophy and
Political life at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. My
research looked at the agency of committed and practicing religious
faith in situations of extreme political violence like the Genocide
against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
teaching Contextual and Practical theology at Luther King House
Theological College and Chester University, my post-doctoral research
explores different tropes of the aftermath of the genocide against the
Tutsi in Rwanda. More particularly, I am interested in (a)
intergenerational narratives/dialogues around issues of guilt, shame,
transformation and accountability, (b) transitional temporalities, and
(c) the study of resistance and rescue as Positive Deviance.
current work with the Historical Trauma and Transformation Unit stems
from the fist category. I will be translating and critically engaging
with the work of Edouard Bamporiki, a Rwandan artist, author and
politician. I will be translating in English his two books Icyaha kuri bo ikimwaro kuri njye and mitingi jenosideri; both of which look at intergenerational narratives and dialogues arising from within the 'perpetrators' in-group.
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John Brewer is Professor of Post Conflict Studies in the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen's University Belfast. He was awarded an Honorary DSocSci from Brunel University and is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow in the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has held visiting appointments at Yale University, St John's College Oxford, Corpus Christi College Cambridge and the Australia National University. He has been President of the British Sociological Association. He is Honorary Professor Extraordinary at Stellenbosch University and is a member of the United Nations Roster of Global Experts. He is the author or co-author of sixteen books and editor or co-editor of a further six.