The project, Trauma, Memory and Representations of the Past goes to the heart of the issues at the forefront of contemporary debates about historical trauma, its expression in memory and its repercussions across generations.
Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the project brings the Humanities into dialogue with the Arts in all its diverse forms. While focused on the South African context, the project responds to global questions that concern the transmission of traumatic memory across generations in the aftermath of historical trauma, and explores the possibility of breaking these intergenerational cycles.
Our view is that research should not only advance one’s discipline within the academy, but also should have some impact on public debate and influence audiences at the broader level of civil society. We intend to go beyond theoretical debate to engage with questions that are rarely explored in order to advance scholarship and to contribute to new knowledge production that will inform public opinion.