Countering the ‘single narrative’ in the eastern Congo: History and storytelling as an avenue for transforming conflict and building sustainable peace

January 2018 to December 2018
historical narratives
narratives of violence
Research fields
Cultural Sciences
History and Archaeology

There is a ‘single narrative’ fuelling violence in the eastern Congo. It depicts the region as violent today because it always has been violent, and it over-emphasizes ethnic antagonisms. This project uses historical narratives and songs from different communities that tell stories about a more cordial and less violent past to counter this narrative and to build more peaceful societies.