Aegis Trust Short Course

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The Short Course will be on Genocide and Mass Atrocities: Actors, Causes and Responses.

Lectures will be delivered by Rwandan and international scholars with expertise on the various listed topics including the following;

Prof. Paul Rutayisire (CCM) is a Professor of Modern African History and Rwandan History at the Center for Conflict Management, College of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Rwanda. His areas of Expertise are; “History of the Catholic Church in Rwanda” and the “1994 genocide against the Tutsi” which are also his area of the most recent publications.

Dr. Agée Mugabe Shyaka (CCM) holds a PhD degree in the same field from the Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium (2005-2009). His areas of specialization include Post conflict reconstruction, Conflict Transformation, Transitional Justice, Policy Making and Good Governance and Gender among other subjects.

Dr. Felix M. Ndahinda (Aegis Trust) is the Director of Aegis Trust’s Research, Policy and Higher Education (RPHE) in a consultative capacity. He was formerly an Assistant Professor at Tilburg Law School’s International Victimology Institute Tilburg. His academic interests cover transitional Justice, peacebuilding, politics of identification (identity, ethnicity, and nationalism), minority and indigenous issues.

Dr. Nicola Palmer (KCL-London) is Lecturer in Criminal Law; Dickson Poon School of Law; King’s College, London. As a lecturer in criminal law Dr Palmer undertakes research in international criminal law, transitional justice and the compatibility of plural responses to violence.

Jason Mosley (Oxford-JEAS) is an Associate Fellow of the Africa Programme at Chatham House, a Research Associate at the African Studies Centre of Oxford University, and a (non-resident) Public Policy Fellow, Heritage Institute for Policy Studies, Mogadishu. He is also Managing Editor of the Journal of Eastern African Studies.

Dr. Phil Clark (SOAS-London) is Reader in Comparative and International Politics, with reference to Africa. Dr Clark is a political scientist specializing in conflict and post-conflict issues in Africa, particularly questions of peace, truth, justice and reconciliation.

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Kigali Genocide Memorial (Ubutwari Room)
KG 14 Ave, Kigali
16th to 20th July 2018

Event Programme


Day 1:  Introduction – Conceptual and Methodological Debates 

Morning Session – Concepts and Methods

Course Introduction – Felix Ndahinda

Key Concepts – Genocide and other mass atrocities – Nikki Palmer

Methodologies – Phil Clark

Afternoon Session – Field Visit

Visit to Kigali Genocide Memorial


Day 2: Causes and Dynamics of Genocide and Mass Atrocities 

Morning Session – Causes

Historical Causes of Genocide and Mass Atrocities –

Socio-Political Causes: Identity and Ideology: Ethnic and Religious Nationalisms) –

Demographic and Materialistic Causes: Population Growth, Land and Greed –

 Afternoon Session – Dynamics

Dehumanisation, Marginalisation and Exclusion –

Mobilisation and Elite-Citizen Dynamics –

Propaganda, Media –


Day 3: Agency in Mass Atrocities

Morning Session – Agency

Perpetrators and bystanders – Factors and Legal Implications –

Victimhood in genocide and Mass atrocities –

Testimonies from Genocide Survivors – Interview format –

 Afternoon Session – Field Visit

Visit to the field



 Day 4 – Memory, Reparations and Prevention

Morning Session – Memorialisation

Role and Functions of Memorialisation –

Politics of Memory –

Reparations after mass atrocities –

Afternoon Session: Prevention of Conflicts, Genocide and Mass Atrocities

Theories and Practices of Conflict Prevention –

Prevention of Genocide –

Humanitarian Intervention/Responsibility to Protect; Theoretical and Practical Insights –


Day 5: Peacebuilding, Transitional Justice and Peace Education 

Morning Session: Peace and Transitional Justice

Conceptualising Peace – Peacekeeping, Peace-making, Peacebuilding –

Transitional Justice – Concepts, Processes and Debates –

Reconciliation – Theoretical Perspectives – Rwandan Experience –

Afternoon Session: Peace Education: Practical Insights from Aegis Trust Work and beyond

Theoretical Perspectives on Peace Education –

Peace Education in Rwanda – Curriculum Design – Mainstreaming –

Peace Education in Practice – Insights from the Field –


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