NIHSS launches Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela – Breaking Intergenerational Cycles of repetition: A global dialogue on Historical trauma and memor

Professor Pumla Gobodo – Madikizela launched her latest publication Breaking Intergenerational Cycles of repetition:  A global dialogue on Historical trauma and memory at the offices of the NIHSS on the 7th of March 2017. A former Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner, Gobodo – Madikizela shared research insights and developments in the field with discussant Prof. Jaco Naude – Barnard.  The authors in this volume explore the interconnected issues of intergenerational trauma and traumatic memory in societies with a history of collective violence across the globe. Each chapter’s discussion offers a critical reflection on historical trauma and its repercussions and how memory can be used as a basis for dialogue and transformation. The perspectives include, among others, the healing journeys of three generations of a family of Holocaust survivors and their dialogue with third generation German students over time: traumatic memories of the British concentration camps in South Africa; reparations and reconciliation in the context of the historical trauma of Aboriginal Australians; and the use of the arts as a strategy of dialogue and transformation.