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Jean-Pierre Karegeye earned his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, and specialized in African Francophone literature. His areas of research and teaching are mostly based on African Francophone Literature in dialogue with other disciplines. His work on Genocide and Child soldiering focuses on testimony and explores both fictional and non-fictional narratives. Educated in various disciplines such as African Linguistics, philosophy, and Social Ethics, some of his current projects explore how genocide and mass violence in Africa imply a reconstruction and/or a relocation of social sciences and humanities. His current project, with the TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world based in Italy, investigates issued related to human origins and what it means to actually “be” a modern human.
Karegeye has published and edited several works including "Femmes témoins : la prise de parole" in: Les Temps Modernes (n° 680), Gallimard, 2014, L’Eglise catholique à l’épreuve du génocide (Africana, 2000), Récits du génocide, traversée de la mémoire (Espace de Libertés, 2009), Children in Armed Conflicts (Peace Review. A Journal of Social Justice, 24.3, Fall 2012), Lieux discursifs du genocide au Rwanda (Présence Francophone, Forthcoming), “Les voix du petit reste” (Terroirs-Karthala, Forthcoming), “Religion, Politics, and Genocide in Rwanda” in: Andrea Bieler, Christian Bingel, Hans-Martin Gutmann (Eds), After Violence (Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2012), « When Genocide becomes a moral obligation: On the perversion of religious language » in : Jean-Damascene Gasanabo, David J. Simon & Margee M. Ensign (ed): Confronting Genocide in Rwanda : Dehumanization, Denial, and Strategies for Prevention, (Kigali, The National Commission for the Fight Against Genocide, 2014).
Courses taught at Macalester include “Representations of Africa and Africans through French and Francophone Literatures”, “Littérature et témoignage”, “Child Soldiers through Literature and Films”, “Mapping Identity in Conflicting contexts: the local, Race, Gender, and Religion”, “Voix du Sud: Introduction to African Francophone Literature”, “Religions in Africa and Social Transformation through Literature and Theology”, “Introduction to Literary Analysis”, “Of a Beautiful Mind: Literature and Philosophy at Crossroads”
Another important element of his academic life has been his involvement, as director, with the Interdisciplinary Genocide Studies Center, an international scholarly association composed of 35 scholars from European, North American and African universities and academic institutions. Its mission is to encourage the study of genocide through rigorous cross-disciplinary analyses, to organize and host conferences, colloquia and symposia, and study Abroad groups. He is currently a member of the Resolutions Committee of the International Association of Genocide Studies