The conference was held on Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 at MSF's headquarters (14-34 av. Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris).
We were very happy to welcome two authors of the book: sociologist (CNRS) and Crash scientific committee member Claudine Vidal, and Jean-Hervé Bradol, doctor, former President of the French section of MSF and current director studies at the Crash, for the launching event of the newly-published book Violences extrêmes. Enquêter, secourir, juger République démocratique du Congo, Rwanda, Syrie (Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l’homme, Paris 2021). The event was hosted by Rony Brauman.
All articles of this book are based on field investigations. The different parts of the book could have been titled: investigating to know, investigating to save, investigating to judge.
Jean-Hervé Bradol introduced the works about Syria. Three of the authors were directly involved in the emergency relief activities he talked about: Hakim Khaldi, MENA Research fellow at MSF, Abdulkarim Ezkayez and Ammar Sabouni, both Syrian doctors. Another Research Fellow, Sophie Roborgh has studied the advocacy activities and the different methods aiming to create data on health facilities attacks.
Claudine Vidal showed that, if the question common to the field research gathered in the book - how to investigate extreme violence? - has been answered in different ways, the authors have in common that they have adopted the study of processes. Researchers Timothy Longman, Scott Straus, Nicolas Mariot, André Guichaoua and Bert Ingelaere, as well as Claudine herself, assess the investigations carried out on the genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda, the investigations’ achievements, and their shortcomings. A journalist, Justine Brabant, a researcher, Myfanwy James, and a researcher, Marc Le Pape, illustrate three different ways of dealing with the practices and perpetrators of violence in Kivu.
Two of the book's authors, Marc Le Pape and Claudine Vidal, did a video interview (in French) with the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme to introduce the book's key elements.
Extreme violence. Investigating, Saving, Judging Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Syria
Edited by: Laëtitia Atlani-Duault, Jean-Hervé Bradol, Marc Le Pape et Claudine Vidal.
The book gathers the contributions of Justine Brabant, Abdulkarim Ekzayez, André Guichaoua, Bert Ingelaere, Myfanwy James, Hakim Khaldi, Marc Le Pape, Timothy Longman, Nicolas Mariot, Sophie Roborgh, Ammar Sabouni, Scott Straus, Claudine Vidal.
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