Dr. Melike Fourie is a Senior Researcher in the Historical Trauma and Transformation Unit. She holds an MSc in cognitive neuropsychology from University College London (2006), and a PhD in affective neuroscience from the University of Cape Town (2011). Her research interests span the domains of social psychology and social neuroscience, with a particular focus on intergroup relations. More specifically, she is interested in identifying and characterising the factors that affect how we see and respond to members of social (racial) outgroups, but also in the processes that may bring about individual and societal change. She believes a deeper understanding of implicit brain processes that drive behaviour is key in this undertaking. Melike is also involved in various community transformation projects designed to transcend racial biases and foster empathy and restitution. Her hope is to make a small contribution toward a more equal and racially-integrated society through her research.
Melike has lectured broadly in cognitive neuroscience, clinical neuropsychology, social psychology and statistics, and has several publications in international peer-reviewed journals and books.
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Dr Kim Wale is
a Senior Researcher 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.
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
Dr. Wilhelm Verwoerd, two-times a graduate in Masters in Philosophy and in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Stellenbosch University and the University of Oxford respectively, he has a doctorate in Applied Ethics. His research focuses mainly on reconciliation, forgiveness and apology, with extensive research publications in these areas. He served as a researcher in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and went on to work as a programme coordinator and a co-facilitator at the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation's Survivors and former Combatants Programme in Northern Ireland. His role as senior researcher in Historical Trauma and Transformation includes facilitation of dialogues to address racism, and dialogues on change and transformation of relationships between different racial groups. His books include the co-edited Truths drawn in Jest: Commentary on the TRC through Cartoons and Looking back, Reaching Forward: Reflections on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa, and the single authored books Equity, Mercy, Forgiveness: Interpreting Amnesty within the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Verwoerd: My Journey through Family Betrayals, which has been translated into Afrikaans.
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.
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.
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.
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John Brewer is Professor of Post Conflict Studies in the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen's University Belfast. He was awarded an Honorary DSocSci from Brunel University and is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow in the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has held visiting appointments at Yale University, St John's College Oxford, Corpus Christi College Cambridge and the Australia National University. He has been President of the British Sociological Association. He is Honorary Professor Extraordinary at Stellenbosch University and is a member of the United Nations Roster of Global Experts. He is the author or co-author of sixteen books and editor or co-editor of a further six.