Historical Trauma and Transformation
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Seminar Programme

The seminar's theme this year is Legacies of Violence, Social Change and Transformation. The seminar explores the interplay of traumatic histories, civic life, social justice and the arts. Invited speakers in the series are drawn from an interdisciplinary, South African and international group of scholars .

Seminar Series on Transgenerational Trauma and Transformation

MAY 8

Reconfiguring  the Legacies of  Racialized Trauma.

Professor Maurice Apprey, Department of Psychiatry and Dean of African-American Affairs, University of Virginia, USA. 

Time: 12h00 - 13h15

Venue: STIAS Wallenberg Centre 10 Marais Road – Stellenbosch. Auditorium 1 (New Venue).


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Abstract

Urgent and [not “but"] paradoxically, voluntary errands bind us to our compatriots, or foes, past and present. Binding errands of history, transformed into conscious or unconscious contracts haunt us. These contracts are delegated and redelegated into endless and circular chains of continuity. Upon the consolidation and ossification of these contracts we arrive at an aporia, a dead end.

A new ethic of responsibility is required of us. It starts with coming to grips with history and its unmetabolised sedimentations, a new consciousness of unproductive transformations of history, and a creative reconfiguration of ancestral wishes, demands and missions.

Enter the treaties of Westphalia to introduce the idea of sovereignty and the Berlin Conference to introduce the idea of colonization without sovereignty of the indigenous people. Continue with entrenchment, struggles for freedom and unproductive public policy initiatives. Then begin the processes of individual and group transformation so that we can upend our toxic legacies.

The writer James Baldwin provides us with poetic renditions of history, the intertwining between transgressors and transgressed that end in an impasse. This we must do so that we may see clearly.

Let us, finally, begin to come to grips, through dialogue and intentional design, with painful history, episodes of gratuitous hatred, painful love, and unproductive circular efforts to change our destiny and begin the process of creating new possibilities for authentic and transformative interventions.

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Social Neuroscience and Intergroup Relations

MAY 9

How the Brain Can Change the Mind: A Neuroscience Based Approach to Prejudice Reduction.

Dr Emile Bruneau, Director of the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. 

Time: 12h15 - 13h30

Venue: Perold Building on the Rooi Plein, 1st Floor, Room 1018


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Dr. Emile Bruneau

Dr. Emile Bruneau is director of the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, and lead scientist of the Beyond Conflict Innovations Lab. Prior to his formal training in neuroscience, Dr. Bruneau worked, traveled and lived in a number of conflict regions, including South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Ireland. Dr. Bruneau is now working to bring the tools of science to bear on the problem of intergroup conflict by (1) building methods to assess the ways in which we demean, dehumanize and withhold empathy from ‘the other’, and (2) creating and critically evaluating interventions aimed at transcending these biases. His lecture will be based on critical insights gained from this programme of research. 

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Dr Melike Fourie, Senior Researcher, Historical Trauma and Transformation. Stellenbosch University. 

Walking in Another's Shoes: Empathy and perspective taking in second generation South African Students.

Time: 14h15 - 14h45

Venue: Perold Building on the Rooi Plein, 1st Floor, Room 1018

 

Alea Skwara, Doctoral Fellow Researcher, Historical Trauma and Transformation. Stellenbosch University. 

From the Self to the Social: Contemplative Practice as a Path to Compassion.

Time: 14h45 - 15h15

Venue: Perold Building on the Rooi Plein, 1st Floor, Room 1018


MAY 10

Dr Samantha van Schalkwyk, Senior Researcher, Historical Trauma and Transformation. Stellenbosch University. 

Disrupting Patriarchy: Transformative Dialogues on Gender Violence

Time: 12h00-13h15

Venue: Perold Building on the Rooi Plein, 1st Floor, Room 1018

 

Adebayo Sakiru, Doctoral fellow in the Department of African Literature, University of the Witwatersrand.

The Inheritance of Loss: Half of a Yellow Sun as a Postmemorial Narrative'

Time: 14h15-15h00

Venue: Perold Building on the Rooi Plein, 1st Floor, Room 1018


Dialogue on Race and Citizenship

MARCH 2 

Policing the Black Man: Conversation about Race in the United States.

Professor Angela J, Davis, Law Faculty, Washington College of Law, American University. 

Time: 12h15 - 13h30

Venue: Stellenbosch University Library, JS Gericke Library Auditorium

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MARCH 7

Professor Christi van der Westhuizen, Department of Sociology, University of Pretoria

Rethinking Intersectionality: Race, Gender and White Afrikaans Women

At the Perold Building, Rooi Plein

Speaker: Christi van der Westhuizen

Date:   Wednesday 7 March, 2018

Time:   12:15 p.m. to 13:30 p.m.

Venue:  Room 1018                                                                                        

First Floor Perold Building on the Rooi Plein

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MARCH 14

Professor Melissa Steyn, Director, Wits Centre for Diversity Studies, Wits University

Whiteness and Ignorance in Contemporary South Africa

At the Perold Building, Rooi Plein
Speaker: Melissa Steyn
Date:   Wednesday 14 March, 2018
Time:   12:15 p.m. to 13:30 p.m.
Venue:  Room 1018, First Floor Perold Building on the Rooi Plein

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