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International Constructions of National Memories: The Aims and Effects of Foreign Donors' Support for Genocide Remembrance in Rwanda

Ibreck, Rachel. 2013. International Constructions of National Memories: The Aims and Effects of Foreign Donors' Support for Genocide Remembrance in Rwanda. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 7(2), pp. 149-169. ISSN 1750-2977 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Commemoration of the victims of conflict is a characteristic national act of post-conflict statebuilding in which the significance and ownership of memorials is typically contested. In the case of post-genocide Rwanda, such contestation is overlain with international agendas and influences. Certain international donors supported memorialization as part of programmes to aid societal reconstruction and reconciliation and to prevent conflict. Studies of international contributions to genocide memorials, especially the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre, reveal tensions in this agenda, which seeks to construct both national identity and an imagined ‘international community’ and serves to extend the remit of international actors.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/17502977.2012.714242

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Politics

Dates:

DateEvent
2013Published

Item ID:

20186

Date Deposited:

07 Apr 2017 13:44

Last Modified:

30 Jun 2017 10:40

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/20186

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