Historical Trauma and Transformation
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Seminar Programme

PUBLIC WEBINAR
Citizens’ Action against Corruption in Times of Coronavirus

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

This discussion will show the partnership between scholars and activist to fight the spread  of the Coronavirus on the corruption front. Response to global health pandemics such as the Coronavirus present opportunities for corruption by those in positions of power who take advantage of the crisis to enrich themselves.

A striking example of this is the use of a guest house in a small village in the Eastern Cape owned by an MEC’s daughter as a quarantine facility without following proper Covid-19 protocols.  This panel discussion will show the power of citizens’ action to stop the plague of brazen corruption from spreading Coronavirus in their community. 

Date: Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Time: 12h00 – 13h45
Register here: https://maties.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9H-H6XaHT-O7kXcSpWhW8g

Please note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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PUBLIC WEBINAR
Coloured Identity and the Violence of History

13 May 2020

Brindley Fortuin will explore how memories of violence are intricately bound up in constructions of Coloured identity.

Date: Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Time: 12:00 to 13:30
Register here: https://maties.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YXbDeg_1TZ2nTuUtU_0LBw
Please note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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WEBINAR INVITE - COLOURED IDENTITY AND THE VIOLENCE OF HISTORY.pdf

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PUBLIC WEBINAR
"White Work" and Engaging with the Violence of Racism

22 April 2020

Join us for a panel conversation with Prof Melissa Steyn, Dr Wilhelm Verwoerd, and Helgard Pretorius, exploring the challenges and possibilities of doing "white work" as a response to the violence of racism in South Africa today.

Date: Wednesday, 22 April 2020
Time: 12h00 - 13h45
Register here: https://maties.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6T8MQuuMSWyU2QUSe6tXbQ
Please note: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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WEBINAR INVITE - WHITE WORK AND ENGAGING WITH THE VIOLENCE OF RACISM.pdf

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PUBLIC LECTURE
Theatrical Politics:  Ubu and the Truth Commission Revisited

4 March 2020

Premesh Lalu is former director of the Centre for Humanities Research, and Principle Investigator  of the DST-NRF Flagship on Critical Thought in African Humanities, at the University of the  Western Cape revisits the theatrical co-production of Ubu and the Truth Commission by William Kentridge, Jane Taylor, and the Handspring Puppet Company.

Date: Wednesday, 4 March 2020
Time: 12h15 – 13h45
Venue: Historical Trauma and Transformation Seminar Room 0010
Address: GG Cillié Education Building, Entrance at back and side of building (not main entrance)
Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch
RSVP: To assist with catering RSVP by Monday, 2 March - Landi Meiring: landim@sun.ac.za

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PUBLIC PRESENTATION
Designing Reparations - The Reparative Potential  of Film, Documentary and New Media

11 March 2020

This joint presentation by Andrea Durbach, Professor of Law at UNSW, and Jill Bennett, a Scientia Professor in Art & Design at UNSW,  will focus on the reparative potential of arts-informed processes to redress harm resulting from historical trauma.

Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Time: 12h15 – 13h45
Venue: Historical Trauma and Transformation Seminar Room 0010
Address: GG Cillié Education Building, Entrance at back and side of building (not main entrance)
Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch
RSVP: To assist with catering RSVP by Monday, 9 March - Landi Meiring: landim@sun.ac.za

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SEMINAR SERIES
Transgenerational Trauma and Transformation

MAY 8

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 .

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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SEMINAR SERIES
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

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SEMINAR SERIES
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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