Three doctoral candidates and HRREC student members presented their research results at the 2019 Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for African Studies (CAAS). The conference, which took place in Montreal from 16 to 19 May 2019, had as its theme "Thinking Africa and the World: Originality and Innovative Practices".
Aboubacar Dakuyo's presentation focused on the dilemmas of transitional justice in Burkina Faso, particularly in the search for truth, justice and national reconciliation. The main argument put forward is that these challenges must be placed in the transitional and post-transitional context, marked respectively by a "revolutionary" dynamic in favour of a complete break with the previous political order and a political realism that favours the political interests of the State. The study argues that these political conditions have made the search for truth, justice and reconciliation more complex, thereby compromising the hope of political and social transformation so cherished by Burkinabè.
Using Burundi as a case study, Nestor Nkurunziza presented on the opportunities and challenges of "hybrid justice" in transitional contexts in Africa. On the one hand, it explored initiatives that illustrate attempts to apply hybrid justice within the framework of the official Burundian process (2005-2015). On the other hand, it analysed the potential as well as the limits of the contribution of civil society actors.
Jacob Tatsitsa explained why and how the media coverage of the latest witchcraft trials fomented against Cameroonian nationalists by the French press in 1971 prompted Mongo Béti to write Main basse sur le Cameroun. He explored how Canadians gave this book a second life by reissuing it and making a documentary film about it after it was banned and seized in 1972.