Rwanda in the Contemporary Global Order

RwandaThe genocide against the Tutsi of Rwanda is in many ways quite unprecedented and exceptional in the history of the modern world. Over one million people were killed in one hundred days, in many instances by neighbors, friends, and relatives mobilized by the state.

What explains these widespread acts of murder? What does the Rwandan experience teach us about the institutions of the contemporary global order? What does it teach us about the conditions in which human beings become capable of committing evil acts?

This seminar draws upon the resources and networks developed through SIT’s semester-long undergraduate program Rwanda: Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding, which has run since 2011. All SIT programs are designed around principles of field-based, experiential education, with a strong focus on social justice and intercultural communication. In Rwanda, and on all programs, SIT places the highest priority on the health, safety, and security of all program participants. 


The following themes will be explored on the faculty seminar in Rwanda:

  • Rwanda in the modern world
  • Coloniality of power and genocide in Rwanda
  • Ethnicity, identity, state formation and genocide in Rwanda
  • The United Nations Convention on refugees and the refugee crisis in the Great Lakes Region of East Africa

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Explain major historical events that precipitated genocide in Rwanda
  • Identify the successes and challenges to reconciliation and peacebuilding in Rwanda
  • Explain the role and limitations of United Nations protocols in peacebuilding

On this seminar, participants will visit genocide memorials, attend lectures with leading scholars of genocide in Rwanda, explore multi-disciplinary perspectives on the causes of genocide, explore Rwanda’s approaches to reconciliation, and visit Nakivaale refugee settlement in Uganda. 

Lectures Include:

  • Pre-genocide identity politics in Rwanda
  • International peace keeping: the case of the Arusha Peace Accords
  • Reconciliation and peacebuilding in Rwanda
  • Testimonies from perpetrators, survivors, and victims of genocide

Other lectures included in site visits described below.

Site Visits and Field-Based Lectures

  • National Genocide Memorial in Kigali
  • Nyamata and Ntarama Genocide Memorials
  • The National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide
  • Institute for Reconciliation, Dialogue, and Peacebuilding
  • SURF, Survivors Fund
  • Nakivaale refugee settlement in Southwestern Uganda
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park

Daniel Lumonya, PhD Candidate

Dan LumonyaDaniel completed a bachelor’s degree in social work and social administration at Makerere University in Uganda in 1991 and a master’s degree in social sector planning and management at the same university in 1999. Daniel’s PhD dissertation—currently in process—examines the political economy of the maize market in rural eastern Uganda. Daniel’s research interests revolve around small farming systems and agrarian transitions, globalization, and state civil society relations.

Daniel taught at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, for fourteen years and was academic director with SIT on its Uganda and Rwanda semester and summer programs between 2001 and 2015. Daniel has extensive experience with NGO and government program monitoring and evaluation in Uganda and has traveled extensively in the region. He currently works as academic dean for SIT Study Abroad’s programs in Africa, south of the Sahara.

Celine Mukamurenzi, MA

CelineA Rwandan citizen, Celine joined SIT Study Abroad in 2013. Before that, she worked with the Rwanda Peace Academy, a regional center of excellence in the fields of training and research related to post-conflict reconstruction and peacebuilding and has participated in various research projects—most related to the 1994 Rwandan genocide and its effects. She counts among her greatest passions working in a multicultural learning environment.

Celine holds a BA in social work from the National University of Rwanda and an MA in peace education from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. She worked as project manager with the Association for Development and Social Transformation, a local civil society organization engaged in training for social transformation in Rwanda. In 2010, Celine was awarded a fellowship within the University for Peace Great Lakes Program, with emphasis on curriculum design, where she developed Education for Social Transformation and Gender and Peacebuilding.

Celine has worked as a consultant for curriculum design with the National University of Rwanda’s Center for Conflict Management. Among her publications is her 2012 book entitled Towards the Understanding of Social Transformation Process – Special Focus on Rwandan Context.

Participants in the Rwanda seminar should plan to arrive in Kigali on May 20, 2018, and depart from Kigali on May 28, 2018.

The program fee for the Rwanda seminar includes:

  • Accommodations in single rooms in tourist-class hotels in Kigali for six nights; in Mbarara, Uganda, for one night; and in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda for one night
  • All breakfasts, plus approximately half of all remaining meals, including a welcome dinner and farewell banquet
  • Airport transfers on the program start and end dates and all transportation to included program activities
  • All program activities as outlined above
  • Health insurance for the duration of the program
  • Pre-departure preparation materials, including informational materials, syllabus, and pre-program assignments

Program fees do not include:

  • International airfare to/from Kigali
  • Passport or visa fees, if required (Rwanda and Uganda visa obtainable at ports of entry)
  • Immunizations, if needed (Yellow fever vaccination is required for entry into Rwanda and Uganda.)
  • Approximately one meal (lunch or dinner) per day