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Children of the Enemy’: Exploring the Unresolved Trauma of Genocidal Rape

Children of the Enemy’: Exploring the Unresolved Trauma of Genocidal Rape

Banwell, Stacy ORCID: 0000-0001-7395-2617 (2020) Children of the Enemy’: Exploring the Unresolved Trauma of Genocidal Rape. In: European Society of Criminology conference (Eurocrim 2020), 10th-11th September 2020, Online. (Unpublished)

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In 2019, HBO aired Watchmen, Damon Lindelof’s TV version of the 1986 graphic novel created by Alan Moore. Emily Nussbaum (2019), writing in The New Yorker, described Watchmen’s central concern as being “about a society struggling with unresolved trauma.” The unresolved trauma she is referring to stems from the 1921 Tulsa race massacre which she frames as “…the country’s most significant incident of racial terrorism.” During this event white supremacists destroyed the homes and businesses of black residents in the Greenwood neighbourhood of Tulsa. Drawing on this notion of transgenerational trauma (Rinker and Lawler, 2018), this paper unpacks the lived experiences of children born from wartime rape during the genocides in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. Often referred to as ‘children of the enemy,’ ‘children of hate’ or, ‘children of bad memories’ (Denov et al. 2017; Erjavec & Volčič, 2010), I analyze the individual narratives of these survivors, placing them within the broader cultural and collective memory of their post-genocide societies. The concepts of ‘hybridity’ (Takševa & Schwartz (2018) and ‘stickiness’ (Ahmed, 2004) are used to explore the haunting of these unresolved traumatic events, specifically the exclusion and marginalization of the abject ‘ethnic other.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Genocidal rape, unresolved trauma, haunting, transgenerational trauma
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Law & Criminology Research Group
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
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