Laura Eramian (Draft Profile)
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Laura Eramian, BA Hons, MA (UWO), PhD (York)
Laura Eramian is a social anthropologist whose work focuses on personhood and everyday relationships of patronage, kinship, friendship, and neighbourliness in situations of violent conflict. She investigates these issues through the everyday social lives of urban dwellers in small town Rwanda. Key questions in her research deal with how personhood and ethnic boundaries are forged in the predicaments of Rwanda’s “post-conflict” moment, how people configure belonging in their social worlds in the absence of key relations lost in the 1994 genocide, and how post-genocide social formations provide insight into the broader quest for modern nationhood in Rwanda.
Dr. Eramian is publishing her doctoral work in a series of journal articles and a book manuscript. Her new research projects focus on the political economy and social life of Rwanda’s post-genocide “reconciliation industry,” on everyday practices of secrecy and concealment among urban Rwandans, and on post-genocide configurations of grief, mourning, and the place of the dead in contemporary social and political life.