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Afterlife: Biography, Memory and Christian Education in Uganda, 1930s-2000s

Title
Afterlife: Biography, Memory and Christian Education in Uganda, 1930s-2000s
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Emma Wild-Wood # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
27th Feb 2019 16:10 - 27th Feb 2019 17:30
Location
Seminar room 1 & 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD
URL
http://www.cas.ed.ac.uk/events/seminar_series/2018_2019/afterlife_biography,_memory_and_christian_education_in_uganda,_1930s-2000s

In contemporary Uganda, Christianity - in its varied forms - plays a significant role in public life. This presentation will examine one way in which its prominent position has been maintained into the 21st century – through the practice of memories of prominent Ugandan Christians. In doing so the presentation will introduce the biography of most frequently mentioned man in Ugandan school Religious Studies textbooks. I will suggest that whilst national rituals, like the well-known Martyrs day, may have a profound effect on the national and regional psyche, there are other less public and overt ways of creating memories that inculcate a particular set of Christian ideals. If we are to understand contemporary actors an understanding of the collective memory they inhabit is invaluable.

Freshers 2013