New Frontiers in Memory Studies: Memory in East Africa

On April 25, David Mwambari presented on Migration and Memory in Africa

On April 25, David Mwambari spoke about "Life Narratives of Violence Among Refugees from Africa's Great Lakes Region (AGLR)" at Goethe University Frankfurt starting at 2:15 pm. David Mwambari pre­sented his new research project, "Traveling Memories, Silences and Secrets (TMSS)," which is funded by an ERC Starting Grant. The project aims to cap­ture the ways in which memories and life stories of refugees from the Africa Great Lakes Region (AGLR) evolve, move, and trans­form through experiences of flight across time and place. Further­more, the research project will develop and combine different theore­tical approaches to memory and migration studies as well as different methodo­logical approaches in order to fill previous re­search gaps regarding the narratives and memories of AGLR refugees.

David Mwambari, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences at KU Leuven in Belgium, is Princi­pal Investigator of the TMSS project. His lecture fo­cused on how life narratives shape the community of AGLR refugees change through confron­tation with assumptions and cultural ideas about AGLR refugees in host countries.

The event was organi­zed by the Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform (FMSP) in co­operation with TraCe and the Center for Conflict Studies at Philipps University Marburg. As a lecture in the series "New Frontiers in Memory Studies" it will be available on the FMSP Webpage.

During a working meeting following the lecture, the scholars from the dif­ferent institutions had the opportunity to ex­change ideas and thus form research networks.

More information on the TMSS-project can be found here.

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