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Richard Benda, Luther King House Open College

Liz Stanley, University of Edinburgh

Nancy Rushohora, University of Dar es Salaam/Stellenbosch University

Sakiru Adebayo, University of the Witwatersrand (Discussant)

Memory, Crisis and Democracy in Africa, hosted by: Hanna Teichler, Goethe University


Richard Benda, Phd, is a political philosopher interested in the complex interactions between religious and political agency. He teaches Contextual and Practical Theology at LKH Theological College and Durham University. His postdoctoral research explores different tropes of the aftermath of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, in particular (a) intergenerational narratives/dialogues on guilt, shame, transformation and accountability, (b) transitional temporalities, and (c) resistance and rescue as positive deviance.

Liz Stanley is Professor of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh and has been researching historical sociology and South African topics since the mid-1990s. The author of numerous journal articles and 17 books, of which the most relevant to the conference topic are Mourning Becomes…: Post/Memory and the Concentration Camps of the South African War, and The Racialising Process. For further information see

Nancy Rushohora is a Lecturer in archaeology and heritage studies at the University of Dar es Salaam and a research fellow at Exeter and Stellenbosch Universities. She has published widely on sites of memory and landscape of trauma. Her single and co-authored articles include: Look at Majimaji! A plea for historical photographs in Tanzania; Desperate Mourning and Atrophied Representation: A Tale of Two Skulls; and Graves, Houses of Pain and Execution: Memories of the German Prisons after the Majimaji War in Tanzania (1904–1908). She is currently working on a digital project the Transgenerational Memories of the Majimaji War.


Sakiru Adebayo is a postdoctoral fellow at the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research (WISER) in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is currently working on a manuscript which investigates the politics and representations of memory in African fiction. He has published in the Journal of African Cultural Studies, African Studies, Journal of Pan-African Studies, Research in African Literatures, SAFUNDI among others. His publication profile can be found here:


Hanna Teichler holds a PhD from the department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Goethe University Frankfurt, and a M.A. degree in English, French and Portuguese philology. She is a research associate at the department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Goethe University, Frankfurt. She is a Frankfurt Memory Studies Platform Fellow, Member of the MSA Executive Committee, Co-editor of the Mobilizing Memories Book Series (Brill, with Rebekah Vince), and Co-founder of the interdisciplinary research Network (ReOTi – Rethinking the Order of Time, with Johanna Vollmeyer).