CPF: Memory, Narrative, and Forgiveness: Reflecting on Ten Years of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (South Af

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Miss Deborah McTeer
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Conference to be held: Wednesday 22 – Saturday 25 November 2006
University of Cape Town
South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) brought the
concepts of forgiveness, apology, and reconciliation after mass atrocity
to the attention of scholars across the globe and across disciplines. In
the ten years since the TRC's establishment, the work of the TRC has
been replicated in more than a dozen post-conflict settings globally.
This interdisciplinary conference will include, among others,
scholarship in the arts, psychology, literature, and historical fields
to reflect on research and practice done on truth commissions and peace
building with a special focus on the following themes: trauma, memory,
narrative, apology, forgiveness, and reconciliation. The conference will
be opened by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In his 75th year, the conference
will celebrate Tutu's life of commitment to peaceful justice and
reconciliation. Papers that seek to address the complex nuances linked
to the conference themes are invited.

Abstracts should address the following and other related themes:
• Is the language of apology and forgiveness appropriate in societies
that have suffered mass atrocities?
• Do apology and forgiveness have a role to play in ensuring that
today's victims do not become tomorrow's perpetrators?
• What are the obstacles that might hinder dialogue between children of
victims and children of perpetrators, and how might these factors inform
our understanding of the nature of trans-generational conflict?
• Do forgiveness and reconciliation have a role in healing of past
• What is the role of real-life narratives and literary narratives in
historical understanding of, and working through trauma?

• Centre the title in capital letters at the top of the page
• Thereafter state your names & affiliation (upper/lower case)
• Thereafter type the body of the abstract, using single spacing
• If possible, please use Times New Roman, font size 12
• Please leave 2.5cm margins on all sides
• Abstract should be no more than 1 x A4 page long.
• Pse state preference - oral or poster presentation

On a separate page please let us have your full name, title, address,
telephone, mobile, fax and email
Please email your abstract as an attached file in MS Word to Janet
Sirmongpong (jsirmong_at_curie.uct.ac.za)

A provisional programme, registration and accommodation booking forms
will be sent to you in June 2006.

Convenors: Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela & Chris van der Merwe, Dept
Humanities, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Coordinator: Deborah McTeer, Conference Management Centre, University
of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences, Observatory, 7925, Cape Town,
South Africa: deborah_at_curie.uct.ac.za / Tel +27 21 406 6348

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