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Africa Table: "Even the Wood was Cut for Them": Ngaran Encounters with the Rwanda Crisis, 1994-2000

Join the Center for African Studies for their weekly lunchtime seminar series. This week's presentation will be given by Jill Rosenthal, Acting Assistant Professor, Department of History, Stanford University.
Professor Rosenthal will discuss her research on the effects of the Rwandan refugee emergency in Ngara district, Tanzania (1994-1996).  For the over two years that Rwandan refugees lived in Ngara they, and those who aided them, fundamentally altered the landscape of the district, and of Ngaran lives.  Based on archival and oral research, the presentation will analyze the violence this encounter wrought, both on the ecology of the district and on the bodies of Ngarans, who became hosts to one of the largest refugee camps in history.
Jill Rosenthal's work focuses on the history of migration, identity, and international aid in the African Great Lakes region. Her dissertation, “From ‘Migrants’ to ‘Refugees’: Humanitarian Aid, Development, and Nationalism in Ngara District, Tanzania”, argues that transnational aid to Rwandan refugees unfolded as part of a broader project of nation state formation and regulation—one which deeply affected regional narratives of community and belonging. “From ‘Migrants’ to ‘Refugees’” is based on multi-sited oral and archival research funded by the International Institute for Education Graduate Fellow/Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, and conducted in Geneva, Dar es Salaam, and Ngara District. Jill’s research and teaching both examine the diverse interconnections between global and local spaces, as well as the ongoing relevance of historical events and memories.



Wednesday, October 8, 2014. 12:00PM


Encina Hall West, Room 202


Center for African Studies




Africa Table meets every Wednesday at noon.