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“There Was No Genocide in Rwanda”

History, Politics, and Exile Identity among Rwandan Rebels in the Eastern Congo Conflict

Anna Hedlund

This article analyzes how the 1994 genocide in Rwanda is recalled and described by members of a Hutu rebel group, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) whose leadership can be linked to the 1994 atrocities in Rwanda. The article explores how individuals belonging to this rebel group, currently operating in the eastern territories of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), articulate, contest, and oppose the dominant narrative of the Rwandan genocide. Based on ethnographic fieldwork with members of the FDLR in a rebel camp, this article shows how a community of exiled fighters and second-generation Hutu refugees contest the official version of genocide by constructing a counterhistory of it. Through organized practices such as political demonstrations and military performances, it further shows how political ideologies and violence are being manufactured and reproduced within a setting of military control.

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Art, Violent Conflict, and Displacement

Katarzyna Grabska and Cindy Horst

events, producers of particular certainties through folklore and propaganda, but also as inspirators for change. These issues have been widely explored in cultural studies, anthropology of arts and literature studies, but much less so in anthropology of

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Natural Resources by Numbers

The Promise of “El uno por mil” in Ecuador’s Yasuní-ITT Oil Operations

Amelia Fiske

, and Susan Bibler Coutin . 2014 . “ Technologies of Truth in the Anthropology of Conflict: AES/APLA Presidential Address, 2013 .” American Ethnologist 41 ( 1 ): 1 – 16 . 10.1111/amet.12055 Mimica , Jadran . 1988 . Intimations of Infinity