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Title:Alison Des Forges and Rwanda: from engaged scholarship to informed activism
Authors:Newbury, David
Reyntjens, FilipISNI
Periodical:Canadian Journal of African Studies
Geographic term:Rwanda
Subjects:African studies
political history
human rights
About person:Alison Liebhafsky Des Forges (1942-2009)ISNI
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00083968.2010.9707559
Abstract:Alison Des Forges (b. 1942), a renowned scholar and human rights activist of central Africa, died in an airplane crash in 2009. The article commemorates her work, showing how her scholarship enriched her human rights work, and how, in turn, her scholarship was driven by her sense of social justice. It analyses five domains of her work, her dissertation (submitted to Yale in 1972, to be published in 2011 by the University of Wisconsin as: 'Defeat is the only bad news: Rwanda under Musiinga, 1896-1931'), her participation in human rights reporting, a series of Human Rights Watch reports which she wrote or edited, her magisterial work on the genocide of 1994 in Rwanda, and her continued scholarly publications after the genocide. Bibliogr., notes., ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]