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Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies : Launch of UFS - Mellon Foundation Project


First Meeting of Partners


The first meeting of partners was held on 14-15 February 2015.

 

 Description: Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies Keywords: Mellon Foundation

Professor Jonathan Jansen (Vice Chancellor and Rector); Dr Saleem Badat (Programme Director at Mellon Foundation) and  Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (Senior Researcher at Trauma Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies)            

 

Launch of the Research Project

 

The project was launched publicly by the Vice-Chancellor and Rector, Professor Jonathan Jansen, on 16 February 2015, under the auspices of Institutional Advancement and its director, Dr Marcus Ingram. Dr Saleem Badat, Program Director for International Higher Education and Strategic Projects was present at the launch. He explained the strengths of the project, and why the board of the Mellon Foundation chose it as one of the projects to support.

 

Collaboration

 

We have established collaborations with a diverse group of scholars in the Humanities and the Arts. Strategic partner institutions and individuals outside the academe include the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) One of the IJR’s community programmes involves research on “trauma and woundedness,” and this promises a productive collaboration with the Institute. Click here for Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela's keynote address at the IJR's international conference.

Collaboration has also been established with visual artist Sue Williamson and theatre producer Lara Foot, who is the director of the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town. Both Lara Foot and Sue Williamson will work on transforming the oral histories that will be collected into theatre and visual art form respectively. Sue Williamson’s work on digital narratives will be presented in a major exhibition in July 2016 under the curatorship of Angela de Jesus, curator of the Stegmann Gallery at UFS.

Partners from academic institutions include, from UFS, Professor Helene Straus, Professor Nico Luwes; from UCT, Dr Shose Kessi, Dr Buhle Zuma; from Stellenbosch University, Professor Steven Robins; and from the Durban University of Technology, Dr Anthony Collins.

 

 

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