In Conversation with Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa

Hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science and LSE Students' Union

Auditorium, Basement, Centre Building


Dr Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa

Dr Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa

Maarya Rabbani

Maarya Rabbani



Professor Eric Neumayer

Professor Eric Neumayer

To celebrate Black History Month, join us for this conversation with Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa.

Meet our speakers and chair

Olivia Umurerwa Rutazibwa (@o_rutazibwa) is Assistant Professor in Human Rights and Politics at the Department of Sociology, LSE. She is a Belgian/Rwandan International Relations scholar and former journalist and Senior Research Fellow of the Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Studies (JIAS), South Africa. She holds a PhD in Political Science/International Relations from Ghent University (2013, Belgium), following the doctoral training programme at the European University Institute (2001-6, Italy) and internships at the European Commission in Brussels and the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris (2003-4). Before joining LSE, she was Senior Lecturer in European and International (Development) Studies at the University of Portsmouth. (2013-21, UK). 

Her research and teaching focuses on ways to decolonise (international) solidarity. Building on epistemic Blackness as methodology, she turns to recovering and reconnecting philosophies and practices of dignity and repair and retreat in the postcolony (e.g. autonomous recovery in Somaliland, agaciro in Rwanda and Black Power in the US, Tricontinentalism and the political thought of Thomas Sankara) to theorise solidarity anticolonially. 

She has published in various (academic) journals (Foreign PolicyMillennium Journal of International Studies, Journal of Humanitarian Affairs, Postcolonial Studies, Ethical Perspectives, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, and Journal of Contemporary European Studies), is the co-editor of The Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics (with Robbie Shilliam, 2018) and Decolonization and Feminisms in Global Teaching and Learning (with Sara de Jong and Rosalba Icaza, Routledge, 2018). She is associate editor of International Feminist Journal of Politics and recently joined the editorial boards of International Politics Review and Review of International Studies and the 2021-22 Section and Programme Chair of the Global Development Section of the International Studies Association.  

Maarya Rabbani (@MaaryaRabbani) is the 2022-23 Education Officer at LSE Students’ Union. She is a British-Afghan scholar and holds two MSc degrees in Education, and Comparative Politics from the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics and Political Science, respectively. Her research focuses on critical pedagogy, civic engagement and active citizenship. She underscores topics of intersectionality, epistemic and testimonial injustice in her work, and has recently presented her paper Transnational Solidarity: On Palestinian Self-Determination and Black Liberation at Queen’s University (Canada).

Eric Neumayer is Professor of Environment and Development at LSE, having joined the Department of Geography and Environment in 1998. He is currently LSE's Pro-Director (PVC) Planning and Resources.

More about this event 

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