• 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 : Overview

Trauma, Memory and Representations of the Past: Transforming Scholarship in Humanities and the Arts is an initiative that was established in 2015 to address critical questions about trauma and its repercussions in individuals and in social life. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the project brings the Humanities into dialogue with the Arts in all its diverse forms, and aims to bring a critical research perspective to bear on some of the most troubling realities of post-apartheid South Africa. Funded by the Mellon Foundation, this is an inter-institutional project that will bring together leading scholars and emerging researchers to explore issues of transgenerational transmission of trauma in the South Africa context. An important goal of the project will be capacity building for female and Black postgraduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Beyond the scholarly and capacity building goals of the project, the significance of the work proposed lies in its social message, in providing, as oral historian Paul Thompson (2000) puts it, “evidence from a new direction” in a way that will help introduce new conversations about the past and foster productive social dialogue.


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