Fellows' Presentation, Virtual Event

Aesthetics of Memory, Narratives of Repair

Photo courtesy of Pumla Gobodo-MadikizelaPhoto courtesy of Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

Part of the 2020–2021 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela RI '21

Free and open to the public.

Registration is required and will open later this fall.


At Radcliffe, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela returns to the archive of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to think through the horrific violence in contemporary South Africa. Is this violence a reflection of “ghosts” from the past, the death of hope in the present, or a combination of both? Looking at the possibility of repair and “healing” of what remains of violent histories and what continues transgenerationally, she will explore ways in which a sense of solidarity and responsible citizenship might be restored through what she terms “reparative humanism.” The project will culminate in a book titled “Aesthetics of Memory and Narratives of Repair.”