Historical Trauma and Transformation
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Post-doctoral Fellows

Senior Post-Doctoral F​ellows: 

Senior Researchers:


Dr Kim Wale​ is a senior post-doctoral fellow in Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation at the University of Stellenbosch. She completed her PhD at the University of London (SOAS) in post-conflict development​. She was project leader of the South African Reconciliation Barometer Survey at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. Her research interests are in the area of trauma and collective memories of violence. She is leading the analysis of a large dataset on transgenerational transmission of trauma, one of the flagship research projects of Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation, which is funded by the Mellon Foundation. Her first major book titled South Africa’s Struggle to Remember: Contested Memories of Squatter Resistance in the Western Cape was published by Routledge.

E-mail: kim.wale30@gmail.com | Click here for publications


BBIO2.jpgDr 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 | Click here for publications

Post-Doctoral F​ellow​s:




Dr 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.’

E-mail: oelofsenm@gmail.com​ | Click here for publications


EM2.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 (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.

E-mail: kalemamasua@yahoo.fr​ | Click here for publications