Historical Trauma and Transformation
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​​2019 Sir John Graham Lecture - Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela


ACROSS OUR FAULT LINES - Repairing the brokenness of the past

Every society must negotiate how it will repair acts of wrongdoing— whether in the individual experience of crimes committed against particular victims, or through the ongoing social consequences of cultural, racial, or religious conflict.

Since serving on South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela has dedicated her life to understanding how we can bridge the differences that have been at the root of historic divisions through reconciliation and reparation, “creating spaces for dialogue, facing and mourning the past.”

In her 2019 Sir John Graham Lecture, Professor Gobodo-Madikizela reflected on the successes and failures of the practice of reconciliation as a response to historic injustices; and considered questions about its capacity to interrupt intergenerational cycles of suffering and to bring wholeness and lasting peace. Her scholarship and story contributed to our conversation as we walked through our own history and questions. ​

Reparative Humanism: Exploring the Meaning of Ubuntu

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

Presented at Conference on Botho/Ubuntu: A Dialogue on Spirituality, Science and Humanity
at The Mind & Life Institute in Gaberone on the 19 August 2017.


Cornell University Fall and Distinguished 
Africanist Scholar Lecture (9th November 2016)

"What Does it Mean to be Human in the Aftermath of Historical Trauma?
A Quest for the Empathic Witness" by Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela


Stellenbosch Forum Lecture:What Does It Mean to 
be Human in the Postcolonial, Post-apartheid Environment? 
(20th October 2016)

By Prof. Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela