The workshop aims at identifying gaps in transitional justice theory and research on African contexts in order to encourage appropriate future research activities. For this reason, scholars, researchers, practitioners and activists have been invited to present papers on case studies, identify research necessities from their perspectives and/or suggest research objectives.
The workshop starts November 19 and finishes the next day, November 20, including a session where the discussion and findings of the Institute for African Transitional Justice (IATJ) on ‘Doing Inclusive Gender’ (see this link for the recent IATJ8 held from 3rd to 7th September 2018). Both the presentations during the workshop as well as the reports of the IATJ will provide a solid foundation for developing agendas for further research. To date, the participants include scholars from the entre of Gender Studies of the University of Rwanda, the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of Witswatersrand in South Africa and grassroots organizations from both Uganda and Rwanda.
According to Dr. Lydia Potts, EMMIR Consortium Coordinator, "the workshop brings together the gender studies expertise from Southern African and East African scholars who will exchange their perspectives. We expect controversial but productive discussions on transitional justice and gender."
Researcher at the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of Witwatersrand, Dudu is interested in how people make meaning of precarity such as migrants’ making their lives under constant threat of xenophobic violence in Johannesburg. She is also exploring art based research methods; using music, poetry and drama, as data and to present research to wider audiences with an aim to pursue creative or art based research as a strategy for accessing indigenous ways of knowing, and developing indigenous research methodologies.
She will present the paper "Understanding the gendered dimensions of violence, memory and healing from a cultural perspective: A case study of the Gukurahundi". Using a case study of narratives by victims of Gukurahundi located in South Africa the paper explores the gendered meanings attached to the violence as well as the imperatives put forward for transition from violence. Gukurahundi violence was perpetrated by the Zimbabwean state against its own citizens, with an estimated 20,000 people killed over a period of seven years (1981-87), the majority of whom belonged to the Ndebele ethnic group.
Helen Scanlon is a leading scholar in the post-conflict transformation in South Africa. She is the convenor of the Justice and Transformation Programme in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She holds a Ph.D. in South African history from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and has published widely on the subject of gender, peace-building and transnational justice.
She will present the paper "Gender-Inclusive Transnational Justice in Post-conflict African Societies: Lessons from South Africa", in which she will take a critical look at attempts confront South Africa's abusive past. She will examine the nexus between gender justice and transitional justice looking back at the history and reconciliation in South Africa.
Further information on participants will be updated soon.