Senior Post-Doctoral Fellows:
Dr Kim Wale is a senior post-doctoral fellow in Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation at the University of Stellenbosch. Her work focusses on collective memories of violence and racial oppression. She is interested both in tracing the transgenerational repercussions of these histories as well as exploring collective possibilities for working through these traumatic legacies. She is presently leading the analysis of a large dataset on memories of violence and transgenerational transmission of trauma in South Africa, one of the flagship research projects of Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation, which is funded by the A. W. Mellon Foundation. Her forthcoming book, co-edited with Pumla Gobodo Madikizela and Jeffrey Prager, Post-Conflict Hauntings: Transforming Memories of Historical Trauma will be published in 2020 by Palgrave Macmillan.
Prior to her post-doctoral fellowship, Kim held the position of project leader of the South African Reconciliation Barometer Survey at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. In 2014 she received her PhD from the School for Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where she was fully funded on a Commonwealth Scholarship. Her first major book titled South Africa's Struggle to Remember: Contested Memories of Squatter Resistance in the Western Cape was published by Routledge in 2016. Kim has published her work in a number of academic articles, books, book chapters, research reports and opinion pieces. She has also presented at local and international conferences, and organised and facilitated public dialogues and workshops.
Dr Nancy Rushohora is a Postdoctoral Fellow
in Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation at Stellenbosch University,
South Africa. She holds a PhD in Historical Archaeology from the University of Pretoria
(2016). Her research interests include archaeology of resistance, trauma,
heritage, photographs and memory. Currently, she is working on the Majimaji War—a
resistance against the German colonialism in Tanzania (1904-1908). She is
particularly questioning the removal and restitution of human remains from
Tanzania to Germany and engaging with the use of the war landscape, museum and
Marietjie Oelofsen is a post-doctoral fellow at the Historical Trauma
and Transformation Studies Unit. Her research focus is on how and where
South Africans talk about political trauma across racial and
generational divides, and the possibilities that exist for healing or
recovery through mediating diverse experiences in the public sphere. In
2017, Oelofsen received a PhD from Rhodes University for her thesis, Hearing
the citizens: Inequality, access to journalists and the prospects for
inclusively mediated spaces of political deliberation in South Africa.
This followed an MPhil (cum laude) at the University of Stellenbosch in
which she proposed a re-conceptualisation of the way in which
journalists consider their professional role in order to raise
possibilities for more inclusive public and political conversations.
Marietjie worked as a journalist in South Africa for 11 years, and as a
development communication specialist in the HIV /AIDS sector on the
African continent for almost two decades.’
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Dr Emery Kalema is
a Postdoctoral Fellow in Studies in Historical Trauma and
Transformation at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He holds a PhD
in History from the University of the Witwatersrand (2017). His research
interests include power and politics, body and embodiment, violence,
memory, trauma and suffering, as well as the postcolony. He is currently
working on a book project, based on his doctoral dissertation,
tentatively entitled, “Violence and Memory: The Mulele 'Rebellion' in
Postcolonial Congo." The book focuses on the “imaginaries of suffering"
and the relationship between power, memory, and suffering. He is also
planning to conduct a set of philosophical reflections around the theme
Memory as Freedom and Right.
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Dr Mosa Phadi completed her PhD at the University of Johannesburg. In 2018 was awarded the American Council for Learned Society’s African Humanities Programme postdoctoral fellowship. She co-authored two ground-breaking reports on the local municipalities of Mogalakwena and Lephalale. She has worked as a researcher for over eight years, published several peer-reviewed works and produced a research documentary film focusing on the middle class in Soweto. Additionally, she was the co-editor of the NHISS best non-fiction book, entitled: Class in Soweto. She also worked at the Council on Higher Education as a manager. Her research interests include Marxism, Blackness and class.
Dr Richard Benda. Academically, I identify myself as political philosopher who is interested in the complex interactions between religious and political agency. My passion has always been understanding of core foundations that hold societies and body politics together. So I studied Latin and Modern Languages in High school before undertaking legal studies in tertiary education. After graduating in Law and teaching Criminal law and Constitutional Law (Independent University of Kigali), I became increasingly dissatisfied with the legal as a critical interpretive framework of post-genocide Rwanda. This led to doctoral studies in Religious Philosophy and Political life at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. My research looked at the agency of committed and practicing religious faith in situations of extreme political violence like the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
Alongside teaching Contextual and Practical theology at Luther King House Theological College and Chester University, my post-doctoral research explores different tropes of the aftermath of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. More particularly, I am interested in (a) intergenerational narratives/dialogues around issues of guilt, shame, transformation and accountability, (b) transitional temporalities, and (c) the study of resistance and rescue as Positive Deviance.
My current work with the Historical Trauma and Transformation Unit stems from the fist category. I will be translating and critically engaging with the work of Edouard Bamporiki, a Rwandan artist, author and politician. I will be translating in English his two books Icyaha kuri bo ikimwaro kuri njye and mitingi jenosideri; both of which look at intergenerational narratives and dialogues arising from within the 'perpetrators' in-group.
Previous Post-Doctoral Fellows:
Dr. Khan Touseef Osman
is a postdoctoral researcher in Studies in Historical Trauma and
Transformation Studies at Stellenbosch University. He did his PhD on
“Trauma Studies and South Asian Partition Fiction” at the University of
Kashmir, India. His research interests include Trauma and Memory
Studies, Partition Studies and Critical Theory. His current research
explores the transmission of trauma across generations and its
representation in creative media. At present, Dr. Osman is working on
three articles entitled “Postmemory and Imaginative Temporal
Displacement in Agha Shahid Ali’s Early Poetry,” “Representational
Consequences of Trauma for Post-Witness Generation Authors of Partition
Fiction” and “The Struggle of Memory against Forgetting in Kamila
Shamsie’s Salt and Saffron”.
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