Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Research Chair. Her previous positions are, Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Cape Town, and Senior Research Professor at the University of the Free State leading the initiative Studies in Trauma, Memory and Forgiveness. Her book,
A Human Being Died that Night: A South African Story of Forgiveness won the 2004 Alan Paton Award, and the Christopher Award in the United States. The book has been published seven times, including translations in Dutch, German, Italian and Korean. This important scholarly work that explores the complexity and interwovenness of remorse, apology and forgiveness has been converted into a play and staged in major cities in South Africa, the UK, and the United States. Gobodo-Madikizela’s other books include
Narrating our Healing: Perspectives on Healing Trauma, as co-author (2007),
Memory, Narrative and Forgiveness: Perspectives on the Unfinished Journeys of the Past, as co-editor (2008),
Breaking Intergenerational Cycles of Repetition: A Global Dialogue on Historical Trauma and Memory, as editor (2015).
She has co-edited three special issue journals: “Critical Psychology in Africa,” in
Subjectivity: International Journal of Critical Psychology (2006), “Ethical Uncertainties in Psychoanalytic Practice and Research in Challenging Times” (2009), in the
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in South Africa, (2009), and “Continuities and Transformation in the Aftermath of Conflict in Africa,” in
Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (2014).
In 2015 she was awarded the South African National Research Foundation (NRF) Chair for Historical Trauma and Memory, and in the same year received a five-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish the research initiative titled:
Trauma, Memory and Representations of the Past | Transforming Scholarship in the Humanities and the Arts. She is a B-rated scholar on the National Research Foundation’s globally competitive evaluation and rating system for researchers.