23.05.2022 We are pleased to welcome Ruth Murambadoro as a guest researcher!

We are pleased to welcome Ruth Murambadoro as a guest researcher in Marburg. She is an African scholar who works on women, transitional justice, gender justice, peacebuilding and politics of the Global South.

Her stay is founded through an agreement with The World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries (TWAS). The German Research Foundation (DFG) draws the possibility to German scientific institutions of hiring young scientists from sub-Saharan countries for a three-month research and cooperation stay at their institution.

Murambadoros work over the past nine years has focused on understanding the intersecting realities that inform human interactions and the role of African value systems in re-centering and redressing encounters that damage the essence of humanity. She has conducted ethnographic field research in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique and Ghana, where she explored African mechanisms of resolving conflicts and their efficacy in meeting the justice needs of communities living on the margins.

Her notable writings include a single authored monograph Transitional Justice in Africa: The Case of Zimbabwe, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2020. Ruth has growing interest in research-creations, a field that allows her to invest time curating women’s stories and amplifying African voices in peace education and scholarship.

Her renewed focus is on exploring the gendered nature of the post-colonial state to broaden understandings of violence perpetrated against women– a constituency that remains marginalized by political concessions that undermine their political agency and their ability to live free from violence in Zimbabwe. She is eager to develop a network and community of feminist scholars who take seriously issues of justice and redressing histories of African persons through knowledge production.

Over the next 5-10 years Ruth endeavours to develop further artistic creations working closely with emerging and seasoned creative African artists to broaden her current project on a digital repository (re)presenting African women’s stories.