A performance installation exploring the role of the international researcher in communicating information about the Rwandan genocide to non-Rwandan audiences that relates the shift of the researcher from passive observer to participating investigator in Rwandan memorial sites.
This ‘lecture’ replicating the style of a travelogue, first performed by James Thompson,1 at The Faculty, London Metropolitan University, comments on the partial readings of the genocide by international visitors and how their transitory status within Rwanda has been co-opted by the current government so that visiting researchers are enrolled as advocates and ‘academic scriptwriters’ to promote a certain version of the genocide to international audiences.
This ‘lecture’ or oral communication performance uses performance to comment on the performance demanded by these situations.
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