Historical Trauma and Transformation
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​Recognition, Reparation, Reconciliation: The Light and Shadow of Historical Trauma,
5-9 December, 2018.

Please follow link below to view the Call for Papers and for more details on the conference



18th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology

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On 4-8th July, Dr Melike Fourie attended the 18th General Meeting of the European Association for Social Psychology (EASP) in Granada Spain, including the pre-conference on social neuroscience, entitled Social Minds, Social Brains. She presented her recent fMRI work on empathy and moral emotions in post-apartheid South Africa (published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience) during both a blitz presentation and poster session. The audience seemed particularly intrigued by her robust finding of how elevated shame in White South Africans has a crippling effect on cross-racial empathy¾a well-documented behavioural observation, though to our knowledge not yet substantiated by neuroimaging data. During the conference, Dr Fourie had the opportunity to engage with and share ideas around prospective work with (among others), Profs David Amodio, Miles Hewstone, Jennifer Richeson, Frank van Overwalle, Grit Hein, Stefan Sturmer, Kerry Kawakami, Gayannee Kedia, and Lasana Harris.

As the conference was situated in the beautiful Andalusian city of Granada, conference goers also had the opportunity to experience local cuisine and sites, including the enigmatic Moorish citadel and palace, the Alhambra and surrounding Generalife Gardens. All in all, one couldn't ask for a more inspirational combination of social science, culture, and location¾this conference will continue to be a highlight in years to come!

Human and Social Dynamics Seminar Series: Intergenerational Trauma and Memory

On the 31st March 2017 Prof Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela and Dr Kim Wale were invited to participate in the Human and Social Dynamics Research Seminar on ''Intergenerational trauma and memory: implications for social cohesion in contemporary South Africa". The event was co-hosted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and was held at the national heritage site Freedom Park in Pretoria.

Prof Gobodo-Madikizela and Dr Wale co-presented a paper entitled “Reflecting on Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma: Legacies of the Past, or Contemporary Ruptures?" The paper was based on initial conceptualisations and reflections emerging from the field data collected for the Mellon funded project on Trauma, Memory and Representations of the Past http://trauma-memory-arts.org.za/. The presentation of this work was received warmly and provoked deep reflection especially from Professor Maurice Apprey from the University of Virginia, who was inspired to begin his later presentation with an insightful discussion of one of the findings from the Mellon data. The opportunity to present our emerging work at this seminar allowed for a fruitful engagement on the themes of intergenerational transmission of trauma and memory in South Africa.   

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Dr Kim Wale (left frame) and Prof Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela at a conference on Intergenerational Trauma and Memory, organized by the Human Sciences Research Council 31 March 2017​