Research
Creating a Space for Encounter and Remembrance:The Healing of Memories Process Research report written for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and the Institute for Healing of Memories, January 2000. Undine Kayser is a postgraduate student in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town. Acknowledgements The field research for the report was conducted between 1997 and 2000, in collaboration with the Institute for Healing of Memories, under the supervision of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) in Johannesburg and the Department of Social Anthropology at the UCT. It was funded through the CSVR by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Templeton Foundation. The report forms part of a larger research project aimed at a comprehensive analysis of the TRC process in South Africa. Acknowledgement and gratitude go to Hugo van der Merwe who edited…
Long-term Engagement - Changing Practice Those participants who described the workshop as having an impact that was in some way sustainable beyond the weekend have often attended more than one workshop or have become HOM facilitators. It was particularly the facilitators who spoke positively of a long-term process of personal transformation that the HOM process has initiated for them. While the majority of the respondents who attended only one workshop described the experience as a valuable memory that impacts on their thoughts and reflection, facilitators spoke of the influence on their behaviour and the sense of understanding their daily experiences at a different level: Other things happen outside of the workshop that have a bearing on being South African, and white and black and all that. I experience my healing every day, at home, on the train and at work here. I am confronted all the time with situations that…