Venue: Stellenbosch University
Dates: 5 – 8 December 2018
Opening Keynote Lecture by Homi Bhabha
Closing Keynote Lecture by Achille Mbembe
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What is the appropriate response to the echoes of historical wounding that extend far beyond the generation that experienced the trauma directly? What strategies might quell the haunting repercussions of genocide, slavery, colonial oppression, and mass violence that play out in the lives of affected individuals and groups from both sides of these acts? In what ways might these strategies complicate our understanding of the roles of “victim” and “perpetrator”? In the aftermath of violent pasts, and when people have suffered collective trauma, how are these events remembered, interpreted and articulated? How might we map out the arc of historical trauma as a nexus for the interweaving of individual and collective traumatic memories? Is new language necessary to capture the complexities of historical trauma and memory cultures that have emerged in a global context of human rights and of truth commissions as strategies to advance national recovery and healing? This conference will bring together a group of scholars and practitioners from different disciplinary backgrounds to reflect on these vexed questions of historical wounding and its haunting legacies.
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