Aegis’ Research and Policy Conference

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The conference theme is Claiming a space in ‘Rwanda Studies’ and influencing domestic policies: Contributions of Rwandan researchers to knowledge production on peacebuilding

It will feature presentations of unique and innovative academic papers authored by several Rwandan researchers, working individually or in partnership with local/international co-authors, under the sponsorship of the Aegis Trust’s Research, Policy and Higher Education (RPHE) Program. The primary aims are: to showcase the quality and potential of locally produced academic work, link researchers to policy-makers, facilitate the dissemination of their work and create a platform for dialogue with relevant domestic and international peacebuilding stakeholders.

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Kigali Marriott Hotel
KN 3 Avenue, Kigali
23 - 24 May 2019

Event Programme

Day 1: 23 May 2019

08.30 – 09.00 Arrival, registration and coffee
09.00 – 09.10 Introductory Remarks
09.10 – 09.40 Opening Lecture On why we Need Southern (Rwandan) Voices in Global Academic Knowledge Production

Phil Clark

09.40 – 11.10 Panel 1: Trauma, Intergenerational & Family Issues  
Glorieuse Uwizeye Unfolding the lived experience of children born of rape survivors during the genocide committed against Tutsi in Rwanda
Claver Irakoze &Caroline Williamson Parenting, disclosure and intergenerational trauma: Exploring disclosure practices among Rwandan parents


Immaculée Mukankubito & Emmanuel Habimana ‘Faire face au poids du viol des femmes pendant le Génocide contre les Tutsi au Rwanda: Apport de l’approche ‘Groupe thérapeutique’’
11.10 – 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 13.00 Panel 2 : Memory, Identity, Narratives


Felix Bigabo and Angela Jansen Identity change across the lifespan of genocide perpetrators: Narrative research among prisoners in Rwanda


Richard Benda Resistance and Rescue in Ndi Umunyarwanda: Conceptual trajectories and pedagogical possibilities


Alida Furaha and Gerard Birantamije Understanding everyday experiences of conflicts and (Re)constructing identity: the case of Burundian refugees in Rwanda
Jean Butoto De l’exhumation a l’Inhumation décente de victimes du Génocide
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch Break
14.00 – 16.00 Panel 3 Education, media,  and peacebuilding


Epimaque Niyibizi & Cyprien Niyomugabo Translanguaging in the Rwandan social media: A new socio linguistic symbol for social cohesion and peace building interactions
Jean de Dieu Basabose & Heli Habyarimana Peace education in schools: coping with antagonistic forces
Olivia Rutazibwa ‘Studying Agaciro: Moving beyond Wilsonian Interventionist Knowledge Production on Rwanda


Sylvestre Nzahabwanayo ‘Citizenship education in post genocide Rwanda: Identification of the citizenship notion at work in itorero training scheme for high school
16.00 – 16.30 Keynote Lecture: The Importance of Locally-Produced Research in Enhancing Dialogue between researchers and Policy-Makers 


Day 2: 24 May 2019

08.30 – 08.50 Arrival, registration and coffee
08.50 – 09.00 Introduction
09.00 – 10.30  

Panel 4: Justice, Reconciliation & Economic Wellbeing


Assumpta Mugiraneza & Benjamin Chemouni  The RPF through its songs: Analyzing the RPF Reconciliation, social cohesion and development through the songs of the liberation struggle
Emery Musonerwa & Mercyline Kamande ‘Social Capital Endowment and Economic Well-being of Vulnerable Households in Post-Conflict Countries: A Case of Rwanda’
Richard Ntakirutimana and Bennett Collins Qualifying the Relationship between Volcano National Park and Former-Forest Dwelling Twa Communities
10.30 – 10.50  

Coffee Break

10.50 – 12.30  

Panel 5 :  Gender in reconstruction politics






Liberata Gahongayire L’image de la femme Tutsi dans l’imaginaire des  Génocidaires de la période allant de 1960 à 2017
Francine Mukandori Inyangamugayo women’s empowerment through their participation in gacaca courts as judges and its impact on their everyday life
Josephine Mukabera The effects of women’s political participation on gender relation in Rwanda. Mirroring practice at the grassroots level. Period:1999-2015
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch Break


12.00 – 16.00 Dr. Phil Clark Distant Justice
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