Performing the Nation: Genocide, Justice, Reconciliation

Centre on Human Rights in Conflict (CHRC) & Centre for Performing Arts Development (CPAD) invite you to the book launch of Performing the Nation: Genocide, Justice, Reconciliation

Wednesday 18 February
4:00-5:30 pm
UEL, University Stratford Square Campus
US 3.02, 3rd Floor, University Stratford Square

71IqPFGsZ6LThe celebration of the publication by Seagull Books will include a short talk from author Ananda Breed and responses to the book from a diverse range of specialists including a performer from Centre Universitaire des Arts, a theatre for development and applied performance scholar, and NGO/IO consultant. Nibbles and refreshments will be served.

This talk will look critically at the varied permutations of the gacaca law and subsequent performances of gacaca staged both theatrically and performatively to address the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Breed will address moments of intervention, when theatrical or performative mechanisms have been used as sites of resistance.


  • Jérémie Gilbert, Reader, School of Law & Social Sciences, UEL

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 12.12.49Respondents:

  • Alice Mukaka, former performer of Centre Universitaire des Arts (Rwanda) and PhD candidate at UEL.
  • Tim Prentki, Professor of Theatre for Development, University of Winchester. He is co-author of Popular Theatre in Political Culture, co-editor of The Applied Theatre Reader, and author of The Fool in European Theatre.
  • Astrid Jamar, former NGO worker for Penal Reform International (PRI) and Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF) and PhD candidate at the University of Sussex.

The research extends across fields including performance studies, genocide studies, memory studies, and cultural studies and will hopefully speak to a range of research interests. All Welcome.

Screen Shot 2015-02-11 at 12.12.20Please RSVP to Johanna Herman at or Ananda Breed at

The Centre for Performing Arts Development (CPAD) at the University of East London is focused on developing original and innovative research in Performing Arts including Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies, Music, Dance and Creative Writing with a particular emphasis on socially engaged practices, performance philosophy and cultures, practice-based research, digital and interdisciplinary research.