Historical Trauma and Transformation
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Launch of Digital Exhibition:

Through the Eyes of Survivors of Apartheid.
Launch on 30 September 2020


This exhibition features the narratives and images of 29 people from Bonteheuwel, Langa and Worcester who participated in a research project about the enduring effects of apartheid on South African society. The storytellers featured in the book, These are the things that sit with us, edited by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Friederike Bubenzer, and Marietjie Oelofsen. With this exhibition Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation at Stellenbosch University launches the digital exhibition, a site that will continue to host stories and images that enable conversations about violent histories across generations and across national boundaries. The book published on the stories, and now the exhibition, reflect our attempt to decolonise the way research is conducted and gesture towards reporting research in new ways that invite engagement by researchers with the rich complexities of our past and present.


View the 5-minute introductory video on YouTube here

View a review of the book by Dr. Sakiru Adebayo and Manosa Nthunya: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10131752.2020.1767369