Author Archives: Jens Meierhenrich

About Jens Meierhenrich

Senior lecturer in international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His forthcoming Lawfare: The Formation and Deformation of Gacaca Jurisdictions in Rwanda, 1994-2012 (Cambridge, 2014) analyzes trajectories of transitional injustice in Rwanda. His first book, The Legacies of Law: Long-Run Consequences of Legal Development in South Africa, 1652-2000 (Cambridge, 2008), won the American Political Science Association's 2009 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award. Aside from a co-authored book on Rwanda's lieux de mémoire, he is presently at work on a genocide trilogy for Princeton University Press and just finished Genocide: A Very Short Introduction and Genocide: A Reader (both Oxford, 2013).

Photo Essay: Tropes of Memory

Despite a burgeoning literature on the macropolitics of social memory, remarkably little is known about the diversity of mnemonic practices in small-scale, living, breathing contexts where violent pasts are to be contended with. The dozen empirical vignettes at the heart of this photo essay provide glimpses of these spheres. Focusing on everyday life in post-genocide Rwanda, we single out tropes of memory that merit careful investigation in situ, there and elsewhere. The empirical vignettes complement what is primarily a methodological argument with closely observed impressions from a country that all too often is rendered in an undifferentiated hue.