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POST-GRADUATE STUDENTS

Post-graduate students (Master’s and PhD) affiliated with the initiative are registered with different departments including Psychology, Political Studies, Arts and Drama, Gender Studies. They are involved in a range of research linked to the broad theme of “historical trauma” and they employ a range of qualitative research methodologies. The students also lead seminars related to their areas of study. Areas of study include: transgenerational trauma, textual narratives of historical trauma, women’s leadership in post-conflict, post-genocide countries, historical trauma and violence, post-apartheid trauma.

In the section below, we showcase a selection of post-graduate student’s work from the field where they conduct their research, lead seminars, or engage in community work as part of their preparation for research:

LERATO MACHETELA: PhD STUDENT

Lerato with camera, Jagersfontein
Lerato with camera, Jagersfontein

Research Area


Exploring the interplay between contemporary trauma and transgenerational trauma among young male teenagers in Jagersfontein, Free State, South Africa.

Method: Photovoice

External Advisor: Dr Shose Khessi (UCT)

Cape Town Photographer Mikhail Motala, training in Jagersfontein, preparation for Photovoice research.
Cape Town Photographer Mikhail Motala, training in Jagersfontein, preparation for Photovoice research.
Lerato, viewing photos taken by one of the young people in Jagersfontein
Lerato, viewing photos taken by one of the young people in Jagersfontein

NALELI MOROJELE: PhD

Naleli, stepping out to conduct interviews
Naleli, stepping out to conduct interviews

Research Area


Exploring university women’s identity and leadership in times of political turmoil.

Methodology: Narrative Inquiry

Naleli, Chairing a seminar.
Naleli, Chairing a seminar.