Historical Trauma and Transformation
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Post-doctoral Fellows


​Senior Post-Doctoral F​ellows: 

Senior Researchers:

​​​​​​​​​​Kim Image.jpg​​Dr Kim Wale is a post-doctoral fellow at the Historical Trauma and Transformation 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. 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 award winning book Class in Soweto (2013, UKZN Press). From 2013-2015 she held the position of Project Leader of the South African Reconciliation Barometer Survey at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. Dr. Wale’s post-doctoral work focusses on memories of violence and trauma and the process of transforming and integrating these memories in the present context. She recently published a book from her PhD research entitled South Africa’s Struggle to Remember: Contested memories of squatter resistance in the Western Cape(Routledge, 2016). She is currently working on questions of memory, identity and transformation in South Africa

E-mail: kim.wale30@gmail.com


Dr Buhle Zuma attained his PhD in Social Psychology in 2013 which was completed between the University of Cape Town and the University of St Andrews. Until recently he was a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Psychology, UCT. Although currently not formerly associated with a university, he continues to write, think, and speak publicly as an emerging scholar and public intellectual. His current research and writing revolve around the issues of freedom; and what it means to be human for black people after centuries of dehumanisation. His other areas of interest are postcolonial psychology, Africana philosophy, artificial intelligence, consumerism, desire and the imagination. He describes his developing thought and work as the Philosophical Psychology of Black Existence. As a social and intellectual entrepreneur, he is the co-founder and chairman of the Institute for the Study of the Human (ISH). ​

E-mail: buhle.khanyile08@gmail.com

Post-Doctoral F​ellow​s:


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Dr Lane Benjamin holds a doctoral degree from Stellenbosch University (2014). She is the Research, Training, Advocacy and Founding Director of the non-governmental organisation, CASE (Community Action towards a Safer Environment). The organisation focuses on holistic, integrated community-based intervention for prevention of violence and restoration of traumatised communities. It is based in one of Cape Town’s townships, Hanover Park, but has extended services in other areas in Cape Town. She has consulted and facilitated training in Liberia around war trauma counselling, has been a counsellor at the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture in Cape Town, and worked as a psychologist for Investec and at the Kenilworth Clinic.

E-mail: lane@case​.za.org


Dr Marietjie Oelofsen’s research focuses on the effect of unequal power relationships on possibilities for talking, listening and being heard in public spaces in South Africa. Her work as a journalist, development communication specialist, and as a programme manager in the non-governmental sector evolved into an academic interest leading to an MPhil (cum laude) at Stellenbosch University and a PhD at Rhodes University, South​​ Africa. Her PhD thesis in Journalism and Media Studies explored the relationship between mainstream journalists and poor citizens.

E-mail: oelofsenm@gmail.com​

EM.JPGDr 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. His research interests include violence, trauma, memory, suffering, and the post-colony. 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" as well as the relationship between power, memory, and suffering. Emery Kalema is also planning to conduct a set of philosophical reflections around the theme Memory as Freedom and Right.

E-mail: kalemamasua@yahoo.fr​