• Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies
    Inaugural Presentation of Vice-Chancellor's Lecture Series: "Sites of Trauma, Sites of Conscience"

    Attentive Audience - "An opportunity for dialogue with public, including young thinkers with intruguing ideas and insight on issues related to historical trauma and memory"

  • Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies
    Department of Peace Studies Research; Uppsala University
    Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela presenting a lecture with Emeritus Professor Irvin Staub, Peace and Conflict Studies Research Department, Uppsala University.
  • Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies
    Vice-Chancellor's Lecture Series: "Narrating Rape during the South African War" by Emeritus Prof Ant
    Profs Lucius Botes, Helene Strauss, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Antjie Krog and Dr Buhle Zuma at Prof Krog's Lecture.
  • Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies
    Postgraduate students 2015
    Doctoral and Master's students during a postgraduate students' research workshop with Prof Engela Pretorius as guest of honour.
  • Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies
    Empathic responses to video clips from the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission

    Melike Fourie, Post-doctoral Fellow leading brain imaging in our multidisciplinary research on empathy. 

  • Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies
    "Forgiveness, Law and Justice, Third Annual Reconciliation Lecture 2014"

    "What is Forgiveness? What is it? Why consider it? Should it be encouraged? By law, by leaders?” - Professor Martha Minow

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Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies: Master's Students

Description: Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies Keywords: Michelle

Michelle Hoffman is a master’s student in Drama and Theatre Arts. In her study, she will be exploring the experiences of Afrikaner alienation amongst a born-free generation of boys who have attended the right-wing Kommandokorps camp, and boys who have not attended the camp.

Description: Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies Keywords: Gcobisa

Gcobisa Yena is enrolled for the Master's of Social Sciences in Sociology (The narrative study of Lives). Her research topic is Black African single mothers in a community previously affected by violence and trauma: narratives of experience in the Mlugisi Township, Queenstown. Her study intends to examine and compare the experiences of two generations of Black African single mothers; the mothers who lived during apartheid and those who are living in a democratic South Africa.

The study is interested in the following questions:

  1. To what extent has the economic position of single mothers changed from the Apartheid era to the early stages of democracy?
  2. What kind of traumas are associated with the role of single motherhood?
  3. How do single mothers describe their everyday experiences?
  4. What factors have contributed to their single parenting?
  5. How do single mothers perceive or define their sense of belonging?
Michelle Nothling_Corporate

Michelle Nöthling is a master’s student registered at the Centre for African Studies. In 2015, she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in gender studies cum laude and achieved the position of top student in her class. Michelle’s current research examines a field that has received scant attention within both academic and social spheres till now: The relationship between a mother and her child conceived through war rape. Michelle’s work focuses on women who bore a child as a result of rape during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. At the heart of her research lies an exploration into the emotional journey these women embarked on to ultimately arrive at acceptance of their child swathed in ambiguity.

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