• 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: PhD Students

Description: Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies Keywords: Karabelo
Karabelo Lekalake

Karabelo Lekalake is a PhD candidate in Drama and Theatre Arts. Her study explores the life experiences of the youth related to violence in Botshabelo. The research will investigate the aftermath of trans-generational trauma across the three generations in the community of Botshabelo.


Description: Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies Keywords: Naleli
Naleli Morojele

Naleli Morojele is reading for her PhD in Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies in the Department of Political Science. 
Her previous research was interested in women’s leadership, women’s rights, and gender inequality in post-conflict countries, particularly in South Africa and Rwanda. 
Her current research looks at gender and politics in contemporary South Africa; specifically at narratives of gender identity and gender ideology in contemporary social and political movements. 
Her recent publications include; ‘Women Political Leaders in Rwanda and South Africa: Narratives of Triumph and Loss’, a book which was published in early 2016 by Barbara Budrich Publishers. She has also contributed to a chapter on Gender and Peace-building in a peace-building handbook published by Accord.


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Lerato Machetela is a registered/licensed clinical psychologist. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Psychology through Trauma, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation Studies under the supervision of Prof Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela. Her research titled 'Intergenerational trauma in Jagersfontein', stems from her work as a clinical psychologist in Jagersfontein, where she established a Gumboots dance group as a psychoedutainment programme for the male youth in the community. The positive impact of using an arts-based method with the youth inspired her to further explore the use of other arts-based methods in research. Thus, in her study, Lerato uses photovoice – an arts-based method – as a research methodology. Through her research, Lerato seeks to highlight the usefulness of broadening the conceptualisation of trauma to include how trauma is not only 'post' but often manifests as a continuous lived reality for those living under conditions of humiliation and depravity.

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