Fellows & Grantees

Theogene Niwenshuti

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa: Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship 2019
Project Title
Memory, Museum and Mental Health: Making sense of Contestation over the interpretation of violence in Contested Spaces at William Humphreys Art Gallery
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Sol Plaatje University - School of Education and Humanities, University of Cape Town


Prince Théogѐne Niwenshuti is a PhD student student at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He received a BA (with distinction) from National University of Rwanda (NUR) and MA (cum laude) from Wits University School of Arts in Johannesburg. He travels extensively facilitating, lecturing, performing and campaigning for peace, healing, human rights, awareness and prevention of war and genocide.
For about 25 years he has lived, studied, worked and conducted research in several post-conflict zones on the African continent. He has intervened in several academic and nonacademic events on a global level including the International Culture Summit held at the Scottish Parliament in 2018 in Edinburgh (as speaker, facilitator and performer), the 2nd Conference on Memory Studies in 2018 in Copenhagen (as special performance-presenter), the International Leadership Summit at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein in 2018 (as keynote speaker and cohort mentor), Conflict Resolution, Arts and Health Research seminars in 2016 and 2017 in Dublin (as keynote speaker, performer and facilitator), the Youth Voices Conference at the Constitutional Court of South Africa in Johannesburg in 2017 (as keynote speaker and facilitator). Théogѐne NIWENSHUTI was among artists selected for a funded creative residence at the William Kentridge’s Center for the Less Good Idea in 2018. He has received several other awards, prestige scholarships, medals and honors from a number of African and international institutions for his community, artistic and academic contributions.
Some of his publications:

Niwenshuti,T. 2018, A Critique of Embodiment, Strategic Review for Southern Africa, Vol 40, No 1.
Niwenshuti, T. 2014, Journey to Healing: The Poetics of Body Space and Memory in Translation. A Case Study of Re/naissance & Witness, an Autoethnographic Physical Theatre Performance, Wits University, Johannesburg
Niwenshuti, T. 2013, Dance as a communication tool to address intergenerational trauma for a healthier psychosocial environment in Rwanda and the Great Lakes of Africa. In Hazel Barnes (ed), Arts Activism, Education and Therapies. Transforming Communities across Africa, pp. 29-37, RODOPI
Niwenshuti, T. 2012, Bringing colour into life again, In Lien Heidenreich-Seleme and Sean O’Toole (eds.),Über(W)unden: Art in Troubled Times, pp.70-79, Jacana Media, Auckland Park, South Africa.