MSoc Sci in Cultural Anthroplogy, Uppsala University
BSoc Sci in Political Science, Stockholm University
Previous Work Experience:
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida
(2007-2010; in Sweden and Rwanda)
PhD Programme Period: Oct 2010 – Oct 2014
Topic of PhD Thesis: The Reconciliation Process in Rwanda
Sixteen years after the genocide, in which more than 800 000 people died, Rwanda can be described as a relatively successful example of sustainable post-conflict management. Peace, security and stability prevail, and the country has enjoyed steady economic growth. Still, many steps towards rebuilding social trust and cohesion remain.
This thesis focuses on one of the Rwandan government’s key institutions in its reconciliation agenda; the Itorero civil education programme. This programme targets the whole population and operates in weeks- or months long training camps. The aim is to re-educate the citizens in what is described as traditional Rwandan values (i.a. peace, mutual respect and patriotism) as a means to overcome ethnic tensions and create social cohesion and unity. As with other reconciliation mechanisms established by the National Commission for Unity and Reconciliation (NURC), Itorero is modeled on a “traditional” institution whose roots are formally traced to Rwanda’s pre-colonial kingdom.
A ten months ethnographic field study in Rwanda is planned for in the scholarly year of 2011/12, mainly consisting of participant observation in the Itorero camps.
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