Postfolkemordsidentitet i Rwanda: Affekt, kategorisering og national branding i Rwanda

Marie Brink Lunau, Laura Helene Dahl-Laursen, Ella Amaya Finck-Heidemann & Julie Orup Holt

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


This project investigates the post-genocide identity in Kigali, Rwanda on a national and individual
level. Furthermore, it strives to examine whether there is an accordance between the
narratives of the nation. The empirical knowledge of the project is constructed through fieldwork
and informal interviews in Kigali April 2019, during the 25th remembrance of the genocide.
Through an analysis based on theories on affective nationalism, nation branding and epistemic
freedom in Africa, we found that ethnic categories still matter in today's Rwanda, even
though they are subject to taboo. We also observed that the ruling party RPF has a huge part in
conducting the official narrative of the genocide and of Rwanda today. They do that through
the Kigali Genocide Memorial and different remembrance events such as Kwibuka25. In addition
to the analysis we also discovered how the Rwandan population wants to be known as
more than a country with a genocide history. The project ends with a discussion of the impact
of the ethnic categories, and whether there is consensus in the narrative of Rwanda between
the nation as a whole and Rwandans as individuals. Finally, it discusses Rwanda’s opportunity
to represent itself on a global stage through an estimation on Rwanda’s placement in the battle
for epistemic freedom. The project concludes that the different narratives are in accordance
with each other in a genocide context but not in the usage of ethnic categories.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato26 maj 2019
Antal sider57
VejledereJulia Suárez-Krabbe


  • rwanda
  • folkemord
  • narrativ
  • kategorisering
  • affekt
  • branding
  • epistemologi