Venue: Stellenbosch University
Dates: 5 – 9 December 2018

A special ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the end of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) public hearings for victims, and to honour Archbishop Desmond Tutu for his lifetime work of peace advocacy and merciful justice.

This event was a special ceremony to mark the twentieth anniversary of the end of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) public hearings for victims, and to honour Archbishop Desmond Tutu for his lifetime work of peace advocacy and merciful justice. It was scheduled as a closing event at the end of the international conference titled Recognition, Reparation, Reconciliation: The Light and Shadow of Historical Trauma held on 5—9 December 2018. The event was generously funded by the Embassy of Ireland in South Africa. As can be seen in this video, Archbishop Tutu and Mrs Leah Tutu were surrounded by many of their friends and family with music, laughter and rich remembrances of how the Arch has touched the lives of many people globally. Keynote speakers at the conference from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, and representing different institutions internationally presented the Arch with a Certificate of Recognition for the impact his teachings have had in global scholarly debates about change and transformation in the aftermath of violence. It was wonderful to witness Archbishop Desmond and Mrs. Leah Tutu enjoying themselves. Thank you to the Embassy of Ireland for honouring us with this gift of the grant for this special event.

In the aftermath of violent pasts,
and when people have suffered collective trauma,
how are these events remembered,
interpreted and articulated?

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