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Why this Unrelenting Rise of Violence against Women in South Africa?

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Kensington, NSW 2052

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The AHRCentre is delighted to invite you to a lecture by Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Research Chair, Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Why this Unrelenting Rise of Violence against Women in South Africa? Class, Race and Gender and the Post-Apartheid Condition of Existential Despair

Moving beyond questions about the transgenerational repercussions of apartheid, Professor Gobodo-Madikizela will seek to broaden the dialogue on the factors fuelling the very high levels of gender based violence against women, especially in marginalised communities in post-apartheid South Africa, by focusing on a range of issues concerned with what she terms 'existential despair.'

Prior to her current role at Stellenbosch University, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela was Professor of Psychology at the University of Cape Town, and Senior Research Professor at the University of the Free State leading an initiative in Trauma, Memory and Forgiveness. Drawing on her work with the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, her research focuses on the impact of oppression in the aftermath of political conflict, post-conflict reconciliation, empathy, forgiveness, psychoanalysis and intersubjectivity. She has published extensively in the area of post-conflict trauma, including her critically acclaimed book, A Human Being Died that Night: A South African Story of Forgiveness, which won the Christopher Award (United States) and the Alan Paton Award (South Africa). Her current book project is an analysis of dialogue between adult children of Nazi perpetrators and descendants of Holocaust survivors.

Professor Gobodo-Madikizela, who is visiting Australia as a guest of the Global Network on Justice. Conflict. Responsibility, Melbourne University, will also launch a Special Edition of the International Journal of Human Rights edited by Andrea Durbach, Louise Chappell and Sarah Williams: 'Transformative Reparations for Sexual Violence Post-Conflict: Prospects and Problems' which is supported by a research grant funded by the Australian Research Council (DP 140102274).

Light refreshments will be served from 5.30pm.

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