Book Launch: From Surviving to Living

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Join us in the Warrington Room at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, from 5.45pm for the launch and drinks reception. A welcome address will be given by Sir Ralph Waller, Principal of Harris Manchester College, at 6.15pm, followed by a series of short talks:

Introduction: Dr Isabel Ruiz (Fellow and Tutor in Economics, Harris Manchester College)

Presentation of book: Dr Catherine Gilbert (Mellon-Sawyer Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford)

Response: Liliane Umubyeyi (Oxford Rwandan Community)

Books will be available for purchase/order.

About the book:

During the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, acts of extreme violence were committed against women. This book presents a critical study of Rwandan women’s published testimonies, seeking to understand how Rwandan women genocide survivors respond to and communicate such experiences. Drawing on trauma theory, Holocaust studies and critical approaches to testimony, From Surviving to Living examines the ways in which the genocide is remembered in both individual and collective memory and the challenges Rwandan women face in the ongoing process of surviving trauma. Through close analysis of women’s testimonies written predominantly in French, and a smaller number in English, this book underlines the necessity of developing new ways of listening to the diversity of Rwandan women’s voices, in order not only to gain greater insight into how traumatised individuals remember, but also to hear the challenge they pose to conventional Western modes of responding to trauma.

Full details are available on the publisher's website.

About the author:

Dr Catherine Gilbert is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. She researches and teaches postcolonial African literatures and cultures, with a particular focus on cultural memory, commemoration and reconciliation.

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Audience: Open to all