• 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: Dialogue Between Science and Society Programme

The Dialogue between Science and Society Programme (DbSS) was established in February 2012 at the University of the Free State as a programme of the research focus on Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation. The DbSS programme hosts a series of public lectures to explore the deeper dimensions of the broad fields of trauma, empathy and reconciliation. The aim of the seminar series is to provide a bridge between scholarship and issues of public concern. The focus of the DbSS public seminar series is not only on South African issues of public concern, but also on other societies that are trying to grapple with issues of reconciliation and forgiveness in the aftermath of mass trauma and violence. Eminent scholars as well as young researchers from across disciplines are invited to speak on relevant topics to highlight the interdisciplinary nature of the fields of trauma, forgiveness and reconciliation, and the enduring significance of these topics for many societies today.

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