History on Their Own Terms: The Relevance of the Past

History on Their Own Terms: The Relevance of the Past

This report highlights the findings of research conducted with educators; learners; survivors; children and grandchildren of survivors; ex-combatants; and professionals working within the field of history, memory and memorialization. The report focuses on themes of life in the new South Africa; reconciliation and the role of memory and forgiveness in the reconciliation process; understandings of the TRC; learning about the past; and sites of learning about the past.


Ereshnee Naidu
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Ereshnee Naidu is an expert on peace building, social and transitional justice. She is currently the Senior Program Director for the Global Transitional Justice Initiative, New York.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts and two Masters of Arts degrees from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, the first in Dramatic Arts (1998) and the second in Forced Migration Studies (2004). She subsequently earned her PhD in Sociology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Cyril Adonis
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Dr. Cyril Adonis is a former CSVR Project Manager in the Transitional Justice Program (TJP) . The primary focus of his research to develop evidence-based interventions, and support advocacy efforts aimed at reducing violence, advancing human rights, and, fostering reconciliation.

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