The opening presentation of the the African Studies Seminar Series in Melbourne – a collaboration between AFSAAP and the Institute of Postcolonial Studies (IPCS) – took place on March 14th with great success. Our speaker for the night was Professor Pal Ahluwalia, a former president of AFSAAP and a long time associate of the IPCS, as well as one of Australia’s most renowned Africanist scholars.
Prof. Ahluwalia’s talk, Rethinking Reconciliation: Reflections on Genocide in Africa, focused on the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. The address included an in depth analysis of the historical and political causes of the genocide, but was presented though an introspective lens, drawing from the professor’s own time in Rwanda and East Africa in and around 1994. Its theoretical focus concerned the practice of reconciliation and it’s challenges after the genocide particularly the intertwining role of the religious and secular worlds in the post reconciliation landscape. For the Professor, one of the most important aspects of a path to reconciliation is pedagogy, for it is the next generation who we must trusty to keep the promise
of ‘never again’. (more…)