Panel 2 (afternoon): The Genocide in Rwanda 1994 How is it remembered today, how is it covered by the media?

Discussants: Stefan Klein, Anoek Steketee and Roger Niyigena

Stefan Klein

Stefan Klein


Stefan Klein was born 1950 in Tecklenburg (Germany) was educated at the German School of Journalism, Munich. 1970-1974 he was a staff member of the leading German daily “Sueddeutsche Zeitung”.  1974-1978 Stefan Klein worked for the weekly German magazine “Der SPIEGEL”. 1978 he again became staff member of “Sueddeutsche Zeitung”, first as a national correspondent in Düsseldorf and subsequently as a foreign correspondent –  as Africa Correspondent in Nairobi, Asia Correspondent in Singapore and London Correspondent. From 2003 till his retirement in 2015, Stefan Klein was the Chief Political Correspondent of “Sueddeutsche Zeitung”, based in Munich, Germany.

Anoek Steketee

Anoek Steketee


Anoek Steketee studied photography at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. Her work has been featured at international magazines and exhibitions. Together with writer/fimmaker Eefje Blankevoort she realised the transmedia project: Love Radio, about the process of reconciliation in Rwanda based around the popular radiosoap Musekeweya (New Dawn). The project has been featured in exhibitions worldwide, including in Foam and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (Netherlands), Lagos Photofestival (Nigeria), Addis Abada Fest (Ethiopia), Krakow Photomonth (Poland) and Cape Town Month of photography (South Africa), as a well in magazines including: Vrij Nederland and Le Monde.  Love radio won the prestigious Dutch award for Innovative Photojournalism and the POPCAP Piclet Prize, and was shortlisted for the South by Southwest Interactive Innovation Awards and Visa d’Or Award.

Roger Niyigena

Roger Niyigena


Roger NIYIGENA is the General Secretary and projects coordinator at Ejo Youth Echo (EYE). He previously worked as a journalist and later on as a chief editor of youth programs at the Voice of America. In 2014, Roger and his colleagues initiated EYE, a youth media organization based in Kigali, committed to a positive role of journalism within the Rwandan peacebuilding process. At EYE, he is in charge of developing, supporting and supervising different media projects: Ejo, a radio program produced in Rwanda and broadcasted on the voice of America; different dialogue and debates throughout the country.

Panel 1 (afternoon): Mass media, collective memory and counter publics in the internet. The example of the German Democratic Republic (GDR)

Discussants: Anna Brass and Dr. Martina Fischer

Anna Brass

Anna Brass

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Anna Brass gained her first international experience as an exchange student in the US during her high school years. After graduation she took part in the European Voluntary Service in France. Anna Brass studied languages, economics, and cultural studies in Germany and France. During her time studying at University, she also completed several-month traineeships at ZDF/ARTE (Germany), ARTE G.E.I.E (France) and a Munich based Production Company for documentaries. She got engaged as an assistant director and producer before beginning her studies in documentary film and TV journalism at the University of Television and Film in Munich.

Martina Fischer

Martina Fischer


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Dr. Martina Fischer is a political scientist and peace researcher based in Berlin (Germany). Currently she works as a policy advisor (human rights and peace desk) at “Brot für die Welt” („Bread for the World“), the development agency of the Protestant Churches in Germany. Before joining Bread for the World in 2016 she worked in peace research institutions for more than two decades. From 1998 onwards she worked for the Berghof Foundation (Berlin) as a senior researcher, deputy and acting director of the former Berghof Research Centre for Constructive Conflict Transformation. She has published extensively on peacebuilding in post-conflict societies and the role of civil  society in conflict transformation. She studied history, German language, journalism & communication science, and holds a PhD in political science from the Free University, Berlin.

Panel 3 (morning): The Genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Bosnian War 1992-1995 How is it remembered today, how is it covered by domestic and foreign media?

Discussants: Ivana Franović and Nenad Veličković

Moderation: Kim Maurus & Patrick Klapetz (University of Leipzig)

Ivana Franović

Ivana Franović


Ivana Franović is a peace activist from Belgrade. She has been working in the fields of peacebuilding, dealing with the past and reconciliation in the region of former Yugoslavia, especially in the triangle Bosnia-Croatia-Serbia. Since 1999 she is working at the Centre for Nonviolent Action (nenasilje.org), where her responsibilities include developing different training programmes and holding them, publishing, organisational management and project coordination. Ivana Franović holds an MA in Peace and Reconciliation Studies from Coventry University UK. Her work is about deconstruction of enemy images, storytelling, challenging dominant and competing narratives about the wars in the region, raising awareness and sensitivity for the “opposed” narratives and making space for multiple perspectives.

Nenad Veličković

Nenad Veličković


Nenad Veličković, an associate professor at the Department of Slavistics at the Faculty of Philosophy (University of Sarajevo) was born on May 2nd, 1962 in Sarajevo, where he completed his elementary and secondary education. He received his MA in the area of Serbian Literature, defending thesis Dusan Kovacevic’s Political Theatre in May 2006. He completed his PhD on Ideological Instrumentalisation of Literature in Bosniak, Croat and Serb Textbooks, in May 2010. In addition to being interested in the use of literature in education, his other academic interest is critique of postmodern nationalistic discourse. He has edited more than 20 books of local and foreign authors for the publishing house Omnibus, which he co-owned from 1999 to 2007. He started and edited several magazines and publications. His written work includes numerous stories, plays, essays, as well as several novels which have been published, translated and reprinted. He has participated in numerous literary events locally, and internationally. He has been a guest lecturer at different university Centers.

Panel 2 (morning): The Genocide in Rwanda 1994 How is it remembered today, how is it covered by the media?

Discussants: Esther Muyawajo-Keiner and Honoré Gatera

Esther Muyawajo-Keiner

Esther Muyawajo-Keiner


Rwandan with german citizenship since 2004. Esther Mujawayo-Keiner a trained sociologist and has worked within development sector, namely, Oxfam GB, and later she became a traumatherapist in order to work with traumatised survivors of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Today she is working as a traumatherapist at the PSZ (Psychosoziales Zentrum für Flüchtlinge) in Düsseldorf.

Honoré Gatera

Honoré Gatera


Director, Kigali Genocide Memorial: A Graduate of Kigali independent University with bachelor’s in social sciences started working at the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre since 2004 as a guide officer.

Since then Honore has hosted thousands of visitors including heads of states, other dignitaries and very important visitors of Rwanda.

Honore has participated and contributed in various projects related to the preservation for the memory of the genocide against Tutsi and attended various trainings related to the genocide prevention, and education towards prevention of Genocide, conflicts resolution and peace building in England, USA, Germany and Poland. He has travelled around the world participating in conferences and meeting raising awareness of genocide and dealing with the sad past as a global threat against humanity.

From 2010, Honore runs the Kigali genocide Memorial as the Director, staff of the aegis Trust www.aegistrust.org with responsibilities of the daily operations of the Centre covering visits, the running of the peace school, maintenance, psychological support and all other administrative tasks.