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Student photographer captures life in post-​​genocide Rwanda

Ali Campbell CSSH Student Photographer

Ali Camp­bell, a third-​​year com­bined major in polit­ical sci­ence and inter­na­tional affairs, cap­tured life in Rwanda last year, taking hun­dreds of photos as part of her ongoing research project to examine the visual rep­re­sen­ta­tions of geno­cide and the pol­i­tics of memory. She is working with Natalie Bor­mann, an asso­ciate teaching pro­fessor of political sci­ence who studies trauma, memory, and iden­tity in global pol­i­tics with a par­tic­ular focus on the Holocaust.

I’m deeply pas­sionate about the role of pho­tog­raphy in illu­mi­nating per­sonal con­texts,” says Ali Camp­bell, SSH’17.

Nowhere is this more evi­dent than in her new col­lec­tion of por­traits and land­scapes of post-​​genocide Rwanda. Here is a smiling boy, clothed in a mud-​​caked T-​​shirt embla­zoned with the Superman shield. There is ablack-​​and-​​white spotted cow in a patch of tan­gled shrub­bery, the lone animal in a vast expanse of farmland.

Camp­bell, a third-​​year com­bined major in polit­ical sci­ence and inter­na­tional affairs, cap­tured life in Rwanda last year, taking hun­dreds of photos as part of her ongoing research project to examine the visual rep­re­sen­ta­tions of geno­cide and the pol­i­tics of memory. She is working with Natalie Bor­mann, an asso­ciate teaching pro­fessor of polit­ical sci­ence who studies trauma, memory, and iden­tity in global pol­i­tics with a par­tic­ular focus on the Holocaust.

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