Zoe Elizabeth Berman

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Chicago, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9983

Approve Date

August 26, 2020

Project Title

Berman, Zoe (Chicago, U. of) "Intergenerational Memory Practices and Social Transformation in Post-Genocide Rwanda"

My doctoral research will investigate the ways in which members of the Post-Genocide Generation of Rwandans born after 1994 are using memory practices to explore historic violence under censorship. Drawing on recent studies of memory and commemoration in Rwanda, as well as initial fieldwork, I hypothesize that through memory practices Rwandans are reconfiguring important categories of social difference, with implications for the ways in which ethnic, political, and class-based antagonisms will be addressed in the future. Tracking the work of public and semi-public memory practices within informal communities, youth organizations, popular media, and at the level of policy, I will explore how “memories” (inzibutso) are evoked and made relevant to present contexts. What functions do they serve in social, economic, and political projects? How are social hierarchies and categories being reproduced or re-imagined through practices of remembering? What are the implications of such shifts for the Post Genocide Generation and the kinds of political possibilities they envision for the New Rwanda?