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Re-encountering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Start: 17/04/2024, 12:30
End: 17/04/2024, 13:45
Contact:Ceasar - 0218084032
Location: AVReQ Seminaarkamer

Spectres of Reparation in South Africa: Re-encountering the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

AVReQ invites you to our upcoming public lecture featuring Professor Jaco Barnard-Naudé, an esteemed scholar in jurisprudence and Co-Director of the Centre for Rhetoric Studies. Prof. Barnard-Naudé will lead a compelling discussion centred on his groundbreaking book that tackles South Africa's persistent struggle with reparation.

The book offers a critical analysis of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) limitations in providing adequate restitution to victims of colonization and apartheid. Prof. Barnard-Naudé will delve deep into the TRC's key processes—amnesty, archiving, and forgiveness—highlighting how these processes are hindered by the absence of substantial reparations. This absence, as illuminated in the book, perpetuates deep-rooted trauma within post-apartheid society.

Drawing from his extensive research and expertise, Prof. Barnard-Naudé proposes a transformative concept of "reparative citizenship" as a means to engage with these challenges productively. This concept not only aims to address historical injustices but also fosters a path toward reconciliation and hope, even in the face of seemingly irreparable harm.

Adding further depth to this enlightening conversation is Associate Professor Joel Modiri, Head of the Department of Jurisprudence at the University of Pretoria. Prof. Modiri's expertise in critical race theory, African philosophy, and Black political thought will provide invaluable perspectives on the ethics and politics surrounding reparation and transformative citizenship.

This event promises to be a profound exploration of South Africa's journey toward healing and justice. Whether you're a South African seeking understanding or a researcher in transitional justice and politics, this discussion is sure to offer valuable insights and provoke meaningful discourse. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with two distinguished scholars and contribute to the ongoing conversation on reparative justice.


Date   Wednesday, 17 April 2024

Time   12:30 PM - 13:45 PM (SAST)

In-person Event Only

Venue AVReQ Seminar Room

Ryneveld Street

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