• 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: Postdoctoral Fellowships

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Applications are invited from researchers interested in postdoctoral fellowships to pursue research and publication goals. Three postdoctoral fellowships will be available in 2015 and 2016.

Applications should be sent to NaidooJA@ufs.ac.za and should include a cover letter, a comprehensive outline of the research on which the applicant’s publication(s) will be based, a current CV, an academic transcript, and two letters of recommendation, including one from the applicant’s primary thesis advisor.

The successful candidate’s research agenda should concern one of the following and/or related topics: understanding the aftermath of political violence and mass trauma; new perspectives on victim-perpetrator dialogue after political violence and mass trauma; witnessing and testimony, etc. Other areas of research that will be considered include gender perspectives and comparative studies in the areas outlined above, research on women’s experience of mass violence and the problem of the rape culture against women in post-conflict societies. We are particularly interested in post-doctoral research publications that will explore new avenues of inquiry in any of the areas outlined.

The post-doctoral fellowship opportunities are open to candidates from all gender and racial groups, and to all nationalities. Applicants can be from any discipline in the Humanities and Social Sciences, including literature and the arts.

The terms for the fellowship are:

  • The postdoctoral offer requires residence in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
  • Applicant should hold a PhD degree. The period that has elapsed since obtaining the PhD qualification should not exceed three years at the time of application.
  • The postdoctoral fellow will be required to have at least two articles published or accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals by the end of the fellowship year.
  • Deadline for applications: Open.
  • Fellowships awarded may be taken up in January and July in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Application Forms for Postdoctoral Fellowship Click to download application form

Other required documents

  • CV
  • Certified copy of ID/passport
  • Certified copies of qualification, certificates, and academic records
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