The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and Canada
Truth and Reconciliation
South Africa and Canada both have complex histories of colonization, including the appropriation of land, the displacement of peoples, genocide and cultural genocide, histories that they must now face. A team at UWC is working on the ongoing relation between structural and political violence, their afterlives and social power, questions that are urgent in Canada as well. Beyond transitional justice which imagines ways societies address histories of state oppression as they move to a more just dispensation, the question of what has been occluded remains a pressing need in South Africa, but also necessary in Canada. Justice raises questions of land, sovereignty, citizenship and law, which are only beginning to be posed in Canada. But it also raises questions of subjectivity and time, of memory and imagination.
Workshop in Toronto, April 2019 on Just Futures and the Future of Justice
Workshop in Capetown, February 2018 on Missing Subjects and the Subject of Missingness
The South African TRC and the Canadian TRC: A Workshop
(top) Woodland Cultural Centre; (bottom left) Saving the Evidence volunteer project; (bottom right) Gathering Artifacts in Toronto--class led by Emma Minkley. Photo credits: Emma Minkley