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Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela joins the Centre’s Advisory Board

Professor Gobodo-Madikizela is a world-leading scholar on Violent Histories and Transgenerational Trauma

It is our great pleasure to welcome Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela as a new member of the Advisory Board at the Centre for the Politics of Feelings. Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is the Research Chair in Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She holds the South African National Research Chair in Violent Histories and Transgenerational Trauma.


The aim of her research is twofold. First to explore ways in which the impact of the dehumanising experiences of oppression and violence continues to play out in the next generations in the aftermath of historical trauma. Second, to consolidate her earlier research on the relationship between remorse and forgiveness as a means of a more in-depth understanding of the role of empathy . For that, she develops a perspective that makes transparent the interconnected relationship among empathy, Ubuntu and the embodied African phenomenon of inimba—a Xhosa word that loosely translated means “umbilical cord".


Professor Gobodo-Madikizela served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and her research interests include traumatic memories in the aftermath of political conflict, post-conflict reconciliation, empathy, forgiveness, psychoanalysis and intersubjectivity.


Her recent honours include a fellowship at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute as the 2020-2021 Walter Jackson Bate Fellow; Honorary Doctor of Laws from Rhodes University (2019), and Honorary Doctor of Theology from the Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany (2017). Since 2017, she has been serving as Research Advisor and Global Scholar at Queen's University, Belfast, affiliated with the Senator George Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice.



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