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Historical Trauma and Memory – Living with the Haunting Power of the Past
An interdisciplinary colloquium | Kigali, Rwanda 4—6 April 2018

Programme

WEDNESDAY, 4 APRIL

07:45 * Visit to Kigali Genocide Memorial and to a site of Community Dialogue in
Bugesera District
16:00 REGISTRATION & REFRESHMENTS
17:30 DUHOZANYE Film screening
19:30 DINNER at KHANA KHAZANA INDIAN RESTAURANT
Transportation provided

THURSDAY, 5 APRIL

08:30  Welcoming and opening comments
Professor Eric Ndushabandi (Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace; School of Social, Political and Administrative Sciences, University of Rwanda)
08:50 Symposium context
Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation, Stellenbosch University)

SESSION I: MEMORY AND TIME
Chair: Professor Kopano Ratele (Institute of Social and Health Sciences, University of South Africa (UNISA); South African Medical Research Council – UNISA Violence, Injury & Peace Research Unit)

09:00 REMEMBERING FORWARDS: MANAGING THE BURDEN OF THE FUTURE AFTER CONFLICT
Professor John Brewer (Post Conflict Studies, The Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security & Justice, Queen’s University Belfast)
09:40 LIVING WITH THE SCARS OF THE MULELE “REBELLION” (DR CONGO): THE WORK OF TIME AND THE PRODUCTION AND REPRODUCTION OF SUFFERING
Doctor Emery Kalema (Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation, Stellenbosch University)
10:20 REFLECTIVE SESSION Doctor Christine Schliesser’s paper will be tabled & included in discussions in this session
10:45 TEA
  * Please inform Landi Meiring (landim@sun.ac.za) if you wish to join the group to visit the
Kigali Genocide Memorial and the Community Dialogue Project in Bugesera district.

SESSION II: TRANSGENERATIONAL TRANSFER OF TRAUMA & GUILT
Chair: Professor Annemiek Richters (Culture, Health and Illness, Leiden University Medical Centre; Amsterdam School for Social Science Research)

11:00 INTERGENERATIONAL NOSTALGIA: LOSS AND LONGING IN BONTEHEUWEL
Doctor Kim Wale (Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation, Stellenbosch University)
11:40 “WE BENEFIT FROM THE PAST; WE OWE TO THE FUTURE.” IN SEARCH FOR A DIALOGICAL TRANSGENERATIONAL PASTORAL APPROACH TO BREAK THROUGH FROZEN CONFLICT
Professor Christo Thesnaar (Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, Stellenbosch University)
12:20 ON RE-PRESENT-ATION AND SHARED WHITE RESPONSIBILITY AFTER APARTHEID
Doctor Wilhelm Verwoerd (Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology, Stellenbosch University; Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin)
13:00 LUNCH
14:00 MEMORY HOLES AND THE DEMOCRATIC PROJECT: THE NEED OF AN INTERGENERATIONAL DIALOGUE ON HISTORICAL TRAUMAS
Doctor Dagmar Kusá (Political Science, Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts; International Center for Conciliation, Boston)
14:40 REFLECTIVE SESSION
15:40 TEA at the IRDP                   Transportation provided – departing from Serena Hotel at 15:15

SESSION III: INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH AND DIALOGUE FOR PEACE (IRDP) LECTURES
Chair: Samantha Lakin (Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace; Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University)

16:00 INTERGENERATIONAL TRAUMA TRANSMISSION IN RWANDA: CASE OF CHILDREN BORN OUT OF RAPE DURING THE GENOCIDE
Jane Abatoni (ARCT–Ruhuka, Rwandan Association of Trauma Counsellors)
16:50 TRAUMA TRANSMISSION: SURVIVOR PERSPECTIVE
Professor Jean Pierre Dusingizemungu (IBUKA, Umbrella Association of Genocide Survivors Organizations in Rwanda)

KEYNOTE LECTURE
Chair: Professor Eric Ndushabandi (Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace; School of Social, Political and Administrative Sciences, University of Rwanda)

   
17:40 BEYOND TRAUMA? NOTES ON A WORD, A FRAME, AND A DIAGNOSTIC CATEGORY
Professor Nancy Rose Hunt (Department of History & Center for African Studies, University of Florida; American & Canadian)
19:00 PUBLIC DISCUSSION
20:00 DINNER at HEAVEN RESTAURANT                                                          
Transportation provided
 

FRIDAY, 6 APRIL

08:00 REFLECTIVE SESSION

SESSION IV: RESTORATION & REPARATION
Chair: Professor Eric Ndushabandi (Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace; School of Social, Political and Administrative Sciences, University of Rwanda)

09:00 REPARATIVE CITIZENSHIP, THE DISCOURSE OF THE ANALYST AND THE POSSIBILITY OF ANOTHER WORLD
Professor Jaco Barnard-Naudé (Department of Private Law, University of Cape Town)
09:40 ON WANTING TO HURT OTHERS: HOW DOES A MAN LIVE WITH THE MEMORY OF A HURTFUL PAST?
Professor Kopano Ratele (Institute of Social and Health Sciences, University of South Africa (UNISA); South African Medical Research Council – UNISA Violence, Injury & Peace Research Unit)
10:20 TEA
10:40 REBURIALS, MEMORY AND THE POLITICS OF ‘RECONCILIATION’ IN MATABELELAND, ZIMBABWE
Shari Eppel (Ukuthula Trust)
11:20 HISTORIC TRAUMA AS A SITE OF RELIGIOUS AND AESTHETIC CREATIVITY. A PRACTICAL THEOLOGICAL HERMENEUTICS
Professor Andrea Bieler (Department of Theology, Divinity School of Basel University)
12:00 HEALING THE SOUL OF THE NATION: MEMORY TRANSMISSION ACROSS THE GENERATIONS AND PEACE-BUILDING FROM BELOW
Professor Annemiek Richters (Amsterdam School for Social Science Research; Community Based Sociotherapy Rwanda)
12:40 LUNCH

 

SESSION V: CALL TO EMPATHY
Chair: Doctor Kim Wale (Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation, Stellenbosch University)

13:40 ENCOUNTERING THE SUFFERING OF THE OTHER – EXPERIENCES FROM PALESTINIANS AND SOUTH AFRICANS VISITING CONCENTRATION CAMPS IN GERMANY AND POLAND
Professor Martin Leiner (Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies & Chair in Protestant Ethics at the Faculty of Theology, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena)
14:20 WALKING IN ANOTHER’S SHOES: EMPATHY AND PERSPECTIVE TAKING IN SECOND GENERATION SOUTH AFRICAN STUDENTS
Doctor Melike Fourie (Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation, Stellenbosch University)
15:00 TEA

SESSION VI: ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Chair: Doctor Emery Kalema (Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation, Stellenbosch University)

15:15 SEARCHING RWANDA: NARRATIVE IDENTITY, TRAUMATIC MEMORIES AND SELF-POSITIONING
Angela Jansen (Community Based Sociotherapy Rwanda)
Grace Kagoyire (Community Based Sociotherapy Rwanda; Rwandan Association of Trauma-counsellors)
Diogene Karangwa (Community Based Sociotherapy Rwanda; Foundation of Sustainable Peace; Technology and Business Studies, University of Tourism)
Samantha Lakin (Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace; Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University)
16:15 REFLECTIVE SESSION
18:00 “IT’S A PLEASURE TO MEET YOU” Dual screen video engaging with forgiveness
Sue Williamson (Renowned South African artist), Chaired by Professor Christo Thesnaar (Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, Stellenbosch University)
19:30 DINNER at SERENA HOTEL, MILIMA RESTAURANT, WING B
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