• 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.
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    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 Fellows

Dr. Samantha
Dr Samantha van Schalkwyk




Dr 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. She has published in international 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). Samantha is currently leading a major 'Disrupting Patriarchy' project at the University of the Free State. She is exploring significant moments of connection among male and female students and the ways  in which gendered social conditioning may be disrupted and transformed through dialogues between women and men.

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Dr Kim Wale

Dr Kim Wale is a postdoctoral fellow in the Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies unit. As a Commonwealth Scholar, she completed her PhD (2010-2013) in post-conflict development at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Dr Wale’s postdoctoral work focuses on local memories of violence as narrated in personal accounts of squatter resistance in the Western Cape in the 1980s, and the implication of these memories for the present. She looks at how a township-based memory community attempts to interpret their lived memories of violence through national discourses of reconciliation and the national liberation struggle. She is currently working on a book based on this research, entitled ‘South Africa’s struggle to remember: contested memories of squatter resistance in the Western Cape’ (Routledge, forthcoming 2016; http://www.tandf.net/books/details/9781857437959/.)

Dr Wale recently held the position of Project Leader of the South African Reconciliation Barometer Survey at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (2013-2015). Before embarking on her PhD research, she worked as a researcher for Professor Peter Alexander at the University of Johannesburg on the ‘Class in Soweto’ project (2008-2010). She is co-editor and co-author of the book ‘Class in Soweto’ (2013, UKZN Press), which was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title (OATS) by the review journal for academic libraries (CHOICE).

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