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Title:Memory, narrative and forgiveness: perspectives on the unfinished journeys of the past
Editors:Gobodo-Madikizela, PumlaISNI
Van der Merwe, Chris
City of publisher:Newcastle
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars
ISBN:1443801585; 9781443801584
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:truth and reconciliation commissions
conflict resolution
child soldiers
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Abstract:The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) has had a profound impact on international efforts to deal with the aftermath of mass violence and societal conflict. In this book, the authors reflect on the TRC and the wide-ranging scholarship it has inspired across disciplines. The book is a product of papers presented at a conference held at the University of Cape Town in 2006 to mark the 10th anniversary of the work of the TRC and to celebrate Archbishop Tutu's 75th birthday. It explores the relationship between trauma and memory, and the complex, interconnected issues of trauma and narrative (testimonial and literary). It examines transgenerational trauma, memory as the basis for dialogue and reconciliation in divided societies, memorialization and the changing role of memory in the aftermath of mass trauma, mourning and the potential of forgivenes to heal the enduring effects of trauma. The chapters are grouped broadly around the themes of individual and collective trauma, lessons from the South African TRC, literary and testimonial narratives of trauma, and forgiveness and reconciliation after trauma. One chapter explores some of the fault lines in the reintegration programmes designed for child soldiers in Uganda. [ASC Leiden abstract]