• 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: International Research Forum

International Research Forum: Societies in the Aftermath of Mass Trauma and Violence

Principal Investigator:

Co-principal Investigator:

Research Partners:

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

Björn Krondorfer (Executive Director, Martin Springer Institute,
and Professor of Post-Holocaust Studies and Reconciliation Studies,
Northern Arizona University)

Click here for the list of scholars collaborating on the project
Click here to read more on Societies in the Aftermath of Mass Trauma and Violence


This research project explores different dimensions of historical trauma and memory in global context, and examines the interconnected issues of intergenerational trauma and memory in the aftermath of mass trauma and violence. The project was conceived as an international research forum, and brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners to share their wisdom and experience from their work in societies emerging from mass violence and genocide. The project offers a unique angle not only in terms of its interdisciplinarity, including literary representation of historical trauma narratives, perspectives from oral history, and contributions from psychoanalytic scholars, but also for its contribution to the advancement of scholarship in the field of transgenerational transmission of trauma in a way that moves beyond the interpersonal to the social and historical.

A flagship project of the International Research Forum is our collaboration with colleagues in Rwanda following a research visit to the country with a group of observers who travelled to Rwanda to witness the genocide commemoration events held throughout the country. The group spent 10 days visiting villages and homes to learn how families of victims live with perpetrators and their families as neighbours. The experience opened up profound insights about the complexity of concepts such as forgiveness and remorse, and introduced us to a group that is rarely acknowledged in the scholarship on the genocide that targeted the Tutsi population: the rescuers who risked their lives to save their neighbours.

Research Outputs:


Breaking Intergenerational Cycles of Repetition : A Global Dialogue on Historical Trauma and Memory

(Date of Publication: December 2014)

Publisher: Budrich Academic Press

Breaking Intergenerational Cycles of Repetition : A Global Dialogue on Historical Trauma and Memory

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