• 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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Dr Samantha van Schalkwyk

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Dr Samantha van Schalkwyk

Samantha van Schalkwyk is Senior Researcher and Postdoctoral Fellow in Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies at the University of the Free State. Her work is concerned with questions of gender transformation in post-conflict settings. Her research interests include gender violence and identity, community-based research methodologies, and the psycho-social aspects of women’s agency within the African socio-spatial landscape.

Samantha is currently leading a major gender research project at the University of the Free State, South Africa. Closely affiliated with the practical work of the organisation, Gender Reconciliation International, the research project facilitates spaces through which patriarchal scripts of masculinity and femininity are interrogated. The analytical focus is on significant moments of connection between male and female students and the ways in which gendered social conditioning may be disrupted and transformed through dialogues between women and men.

Samantha has engaged in research and activism work in the field of violence against women for the past ten years. She has promoted broader levels of public engagement with the issue of gender violence through the facilitation and organisation of various workshops, public dialogues, and internationally recognized symposia. These include the second International Leah Tutu gender symposium, Engaging young men to act against gender-based violence in the Southern African context, and the symposium African gender perspectives: dialogues between scholars, activists and community-based workers. She has published in international, peer-reviewed journals such as Feminism & Psychology and Violence against Women and is co-editor of the book, A Reflexive Inquiry into Gender Research: Towards a New Paradigm of Knowledge Production and Exploring New Frontiers of Gender Research in Southern Africa (Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2015).

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