Sara Marloes Loning

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Cape Town, U. of

Grant number

Gr. 9862

Approve Date

May 1, 2019

Project Title

Loning, Sara (Cape Town, U. of) "Generation after: The reconstitution of kinship and family relations in everyday post-genocide Rwanda"

My thesis examines how kinship works in the aftermath of violence, by exploring the social worlds of young people born from rape during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Through fieldwork in Kamonyi District, I investigate how family and kinship relations are reconstituted and understood, by young people, families, and local associations. The research answers questions such as: How are relationships that derive from violent circumstances brought into the everyday? What forms of relationships become possible, impossible, enabled or dismissed, and with what consequences for young people born of rape and their families? An ethnographic study regarding (broken, fractured or productive) kinship relations and what these relations entail, curtail or make possible for these young people and their families (however understood) provides significant insight into the lived experience of children born of sexual violence and their absorption into post-violent societies. This project contributes to theoretical debates concerning kinship and the anthropology of violence by combining ideas of remaking worlds after violence (Das et al. 2001) with ideas around kinship as processes developed and negotiated through the everyday (Carsten 2004). My research also contributes to anthropological conversations on the gendered consequences of violence, survival, and the delicate construction of social relations.