Forgiveness is the Wrong Word
- When 21 Feb - 21 Feb 2019
CNR OXFORD ST & GREENS RD PADDINGTON
Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Stellenbosch University
Thursday 21 February 2019
6pm - 8pm
EG02 Lecture Theatre, UNSW Art & Design, Paddington Map Ref
Truth commissions provide an environment that allows victims to break their silence, transforming the wordless speech of trauma into publicly communicated speech acts.
Drawing insights from primary research and from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of South Africa, this talk explores the narrative framework of trauma testimonies and illustrates the complexity of the dialogic encounters between victims and perpetrators on and off the public stage of the TRC.
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela argues that forgiveness is the “wrong word” to describe the goal of these encounters, and that “reparative humanism” is a concept that best captures the transformative moments that unfold when victims encounter perpetrators.
Drinks and canapes provided