Lena Dallywater (nee: Heinze)

Lena Dallywater (nee: Heinze)
  • Research Programme Coordinator
    +49 341 97 30 265
  • Curriculum Vitae



    born in Varel, Germany

    2002 - 2004

    Apprenticeship as Administrative Assistant, Robert Bosch GmbH in cooperation with the Academy of Business Administration and Public Management (VWA), Stuttgart 

    2004 - 2005

    Office Assistant, "Corporate Communications - Media and Public Relations" department, Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart

    2005 - 2011

    Communication and Media Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Leipzig and The Hague University, Den Haag

    2008 - 2011

    Student Assistant, Global and European Studies Institute (GESI) and Center for Area Studies (CAS), Leipzig


    Internship at the Public Relations and Press department, Philipp Reclam jun. GmbH & Co. KG, Stuttgart


    M. A. in Communication and Media Studies and Cultural Studies

    Since 04/2011

    Research Programme Coordinator at the GESI and at the CAS

    Since 05/2011

    Coordinator, DFG Priority Programme 1448 "Adaptation and Creativity in Africa"

    Since 04/2013

    PhD candidate, Graduate School Global and Area Studies, Research Academy Leipzig



    (2016) together with Nadine Sieveking (eds.): Vital Conjunctures Revisited: Gender in Times of Uncertainty. DFG SPP 1448 Working Paper Series, No. 18. Leipzig and Halle.

    (2015): In Search of ‘African Aesthetics’. Academic Perspectives on Art, Culture and the African Way of Appreciating, in: Arno Sonderegger (ed.), African Thoughts on Colonial and Neo-Colonial Worlds. Facets of an Intellectual History of Africa, Berlin, pp. 45-66

    (2015): The Transnationality of Aesthetics - Philosophical Conceptualizations in the Tension Field of Universalism and Culturalism, in: Steffi Marung / Matthias Middell: Transnational Actors - Crossing Borders, Transnational History Studies, vol. 8, Leipziger Universitätsverlag, pp. 143-154.

    (2012): Tradition und Transformation. Das Leipziger Verlagswesen nach Ende der Gutenberg-Galaxie, in: Isabella Löhr / Matthias Middell / Hannes Siegrist (Hg.), Kultur und Beruf in Europa, Stuttgart, S. 297 - 307.



    (11/2015): ‘From his Grave he disturbs the Sleep of the Living’ – Engelbert Mveng (1930 – 1995), Panel “Missionary Legacies”, 58th Annual Meeting, African Studies Association (ASA). San Diego, USA, November 20, 2015.

    (06/2015): ‘From his Grave he disturbs the Sleep of the Living’ – Engelbert Mveng (1930 – 1995), Panel “Art, Activism and Violence in the Postcolony”, 6th European Conference on African Studies, Collective Mobilisations in Africa. Paris, France, July 8, 2015. Together with Janine Kläge (Leipzig University).

    (11/2014): ‘African Aesthetics’ and Universal Culture – Entangled Antagonisms in a New World Order, Conference on “African Thoughts on (Neo-) Colonial Worlds: Steps towards an Intellectual History of Africa” of the Department of African Studies at Vienna University. Vienna, Austria, November 6, 2014.

    (09/2014): Transatlantic Entanglements - Aesthetic Frames Beyond National Borders. Panel “Revisiting metropolitan settings: Colonial and Post-colonial Production of Knowledge”, 4th ENIUGH Congress, Paris, France, September 6, 2014.

    (06/2014): Narratives of Africanity beyond state politics and economy – Representations of Aesthetics in Yaoundé . Colloque international “La Sociologie de l´Etat. Tournant réflexif et nouvelles dynamiques”,  Centre pour la Coopération Scientifique entre l'Afrique et l'Allemagne (DAW). Yaoundé, Cameroon, June 3, 2014

    (06/2013): Aesthetics of the Other. Panel “The idea(s) of Africa(s) in a multipolar world: ways beyond the predicament of essentialism”, 5th European Conference on African Studies, African dynamics in a multipolar world. Lisbon, Portugal, June 27, 2013.

    (11/2012): Aesthetics in an African Place and concepts of African Aesthetics (1960 – 2010): 55th Annual Meeting, ASA. Philadelphia, USA, November 28, 2012.

    (11/2012): Aesthetics of the Other – Concepts of African Aesthetics: 115th Annual Meeting, AAA. San Francisco, USA, November 14, 2012.

    (06/2010): Museale Präsentation von Verlagen und Verlagsarchiven – Ausgangspunkt, Zielsetzung, erste Erhebungen. Akademie-Kolloquium Leipziger Verlagsarchive. Reclam als Erinnerungsspeicher und Labor der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig. Leipzig, Germany, June 25, 2010.

    (03/2010): Potenzialanalyse für ein Verlagsmuseum in Leipzig. Projektpräsentation: Reclam Archiv der Buchwissenschaft der Universität Leipzig. Leipzig, Germany, March 17, 2010.


    Memberships and Functions


    Coordinator, DFG Priority Programme 1448 "Adaptation and Creativity in Africa - Technologies and Significations in the Production of Order and Disorder"



    Main Research Fields and Current Projects


    Cultural Studies

    African Philosophy


    Black Arts Movement

    Black Consciousness Movement

    African American History

    South African Visual Culture


    PhD project "Aesthetics of the Other - Concepts of 'African Aesthetics' since 1960"