Nicholas J Wahutu

My research wrestles with questions about how people acquire knowledge and construct reality about Africa and Atrocities in African; how events such as the Holocaust and the genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda become iconic and influence collective memory when reporting on and framing conflicts in Africa; is Africa created and painted anew with every instance of violence or is the image of Africa as violent, savage, barbaric and tribal an ever-present reality when talking about conflict in Africa. If the latter, what structures make this representation endure, despite the continent being more accessible now than in the early years of imperial project? Does the feeling of failure - by Western nations such as the U.S., for example, during the Rwandan genocide, make it obligatory to report other atrocities, like Darfur, as being similar to or capable of being worse than Rwanda? How is this sold to an audience far from Africa in the era of ‘compassion fatigue’? It seeks to go beyond the dyadic relationship of The West and The Rest by bringing to the table how other African countries represent instances of Mass Violence and Atrocities, specifically the representation Darfur and Rwanda.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

Curriculum Vitae

Specialties

  • Sociology of media
  • Sociology of knowledge
  • Genocide
  • Mass Atrocities
  • Human Rights
  • Collective memory
  • Peace, War, and Social Conflict
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • The politics of representation
Courses Taught
  • Instructor of record. Globalization and Social Justice, Spring 2017
  • Instructor of Record: Introduction to Sociology, Sociology Department, University of Minnesota , Spring 2016
  • Instructor of Record: Teaching Genocide, Summer 2016
  • Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota SOC 1001: Introduction to Sociology, Fall 2014
  • Teaching Assistant Soc 1001: Introduction to Sociology Fall 2014
  • Teaching Assistant Soc 3511: World Population Problems, Spring 2013
  • Teaching Assistant Soc 1001: Introduction to Sociology, Fall 2012
  • Teaching Assistant SOC 3211W: American Race Relations, Spring 2012
  • Teaching Assistant SOC 4521: Love Sex and Marriage, Fall 2011
  • Teaching Assitant AFRO 3433/APEC 3061, Spring 2011
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Co-organizer, Student Conference on 100 years of Genocide: Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Centre of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota , April 2015 - April 2015
  • Panellist : “Interdisciplinary Graduate Groups (IDGG) panel presentation and information session” organized by the Office of Interdisciplinary Initiatives at the University of Minnesota , Fall 2014
  • Panel Participant : Rwanda 1994 and its Representations’ in conference on “Genocide and Its Aftermaths: Lessons from Rwanda” , April 2014 - April 2014
  • Co-organiser: Genocide and Its Aftermaths: Lessons from Rwanda.” Hosted by Centre of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota , April 2014 - April 2014
  • Organizer: Undergraduate Conference on Genocide and its Aftermaths, Centre of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota , April 2014 - April 2014

Research

  • Research Assistant for Professor Tade Okediji, Department of African American & African Studies and Applied Economics. Project: “Ethnicity and Economic Development in sub-Saharan Africa”: Provided extensive Literature review on the formation and self-identification of Ethnic communities in Sub Saharan Africa, 2010 - 2011
  • Research Assistant for Professor David Pellow, Department of Sociology. Project: “Eco-Terrorism”: A content analysis of various leading newspapers on the use and evolution of the term ‘eco-terrorism’ with reference to environmental groups with the U.S., 2010 - 2010
  • Research Assistant for Professor David Pellow Department of Sociology. Project: “Intersectionality”: A literature review on the evolution of the term ‘intersectionality’ as it was originally used by Kimberley Williams Crenshaw in 1994 to its most recent use by Yui Fai Chow in the winter of 2011, 2011 - 2011
  • Research Assistant and co-author with Professor Tade Okediji, Departments of African American & African Studies and Applied Economics. “Ethnicity and Its Role in ‘Political Formation[s] in Kenya’: The 2007 Election and Beyond”: Provided extensive Literature review on the role of Ethnicity in Kenyan Politics from 1963-2012, 2011 - 2013
  • Principal Investigator : “Representations of Conflicts in Africa in Western and African Media: The Case of Darfur.” Interviews with African Correspondents in South Africa and Kenya, 2012 - 2012
  • Graduate Research Fellow: Centre of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, University of Minnesota , September 2013 - May 2014
  • Research consultant for ‘The Cradle: The Children Foundation’ Nairobi Kenya. : Project: Creating a coding instrument to analyse Kenyan newspaper coverage of sexual abuse victims. , June 2015 - July 2015
Publications
  • Wahutu, j. Siguru. 2017. "In the case of Africa in general, there is a tendency to exaggerate: Representing Mass atrocity in Africa". Media Culture and Society 39 (6): 919-929
  • Wahutu, j. Siguru. In Press. " Representations of Africa in African Media: The Case of the Darfur Violence." African Affairs
  • Wahutu, j Siguru. In Press. “What African Media? Rethinking research on Africa’s press.” Global Media and Communication
  • Wahutu, j. Siguru. Forthcoming 2018. "The Politics of Representation: Wire Agencies and Local News Organizations in the Coverage of Darfur" Sociological Forum 33 (2).
  • Savelsberg Joachim and j. Siguru Wahutu (2017). Media Representations of Genocide and Mass Violence. Encyclopaedia of Crime, Media and Popular Culture,
  • Okediji Tade and j. Siguru Wahutu. 2017. “The Role of Ethnicity in Political Formation in Kenya: 1963-2007.” Pp. 133–51 in Dissent Protest and Dispute in Africa, Edited by E. Mbah & T. Falola. New York, NY: Routledge.
Awards
  • Anna Welsch Bright Research Award $5,000 , February 2015 - August 2015
  • Best Graduate Teaching Assistant, September 2014 - May 2015
  • Bernard and Fern Badzin Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, $9,000 , January 2015 - May 2015
  • Bernard and Fern Badzin Fellowship in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, $18,000 , September 2013 - May 2014
  • Research Award for pre-dissertation research, $1,675 , Summer 2012 - Summer 2012
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) Grant, $4,000 , Summer 2012 - Summer 2012