Traumatic Memory, Legacies of the Past, and Contemporary Ruptures: The Cry of Nomonde Calata

Traumatic Memory, Legacies of the Past, and Contemporary Ruptures: The Cry of Nomonde Calata

Carrillo Gantner Theatre
Sidney Myer Asia Centre



Due to unforeseen circumstances, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela will no longer be able to travel to Australia and deliver her public lecture.

The Global Network on Justice. Conflict. Responsibility apologises for this late change and is working to reschedule this event sometime next year. Please contact if you would like to receive updates about it.

For anyone attending the Symposium on Tuesday 24 October, this will still be going ahead.

In 1985, Nomonde Calata’s husband was one of ‘the Cradock Four’ activists killed by apartheid security police in South Africa. She is known for her heart-wrenching scream at the opening of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s public hearings.

Against this backdrop, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela will explore the promise and limits of the TRC’s public testimony process and illustrate how it became a site for connecting the individual and political dimension of trauma. Using a Kleinian psychoanalytic lens, she will explore how witnesses’ traumatic memories transformed public spaces into intimate spaces. This enabled human rights criminals and bystanders to confront their guilt and shame, which created opportunities for change and transformation.

In this public lecture, Pumla will propose the concept of ‘post-apartheid trauma’ and argue that it can be used to analyse the various intersecting dimensions of traumatic memory and its intergenerational repercussions in contemporary South Africa.

This public lecture is part of the Global Network for Justice. Conflict. Responsibility symposium being held at The University of Melbourne.

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