Erika Dahlmanns

Senior Research Fellow


Erika Dahlmanns is a Postdoc Fellow at GovInn. She holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology/Conflict Studies from the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) at the University of Bayreuth (Germany), where she wrote her doctoral thesis on issues related to local political imageries and practices of social reconstruction in post-genocide Rwanda.

Dr. Erika Dahlmanns

Dr. Erika Dahlmanns

She has been awarded research fellowships from the Gerda Henkel Foundation and the German Research Foundation (DFG) and conducted field work in Rwanda at the Rwandan National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC), among prison inmates and artists between 2006 and 2011.

Since 2010, she has been working as a trained mediator and a lecturer at the Philipps-University of Marburg (Germany), teaching courses related to collective violence, mediation, nationalism and development. In 2010 and 2011 she curated an exhibition entitled “Ruanda Gezeichnet: Gesellschaft – Geschichte – Genozid” that showed drawings collected from Rwandans, depicting images of Rwandan history and society after genocide.

Research interests:

  • Collective violence and memory
  • Political cultures, myths, symbols and logics of transition
  • Processes and policies of social reconstruction and transformation
  • Artistic expressions and narratives in contexts of violence
  • Worldviews constituting social and political orders and underlying responses to violence
  • Security Governance
  • Transboundary Governance


Imageries of transition in peace-building policies in Africa

A list of Erika Dahlmanns’ publications can be found at