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Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

research professor

1955   -  

country of citizenship: South Africa
language of expression: English
educated at: University of Cape Town, Rhodes University
occupation: author, university teacher, psychologist, writer
award received: Alan Paton Award, Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa

Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (born 15 February 1955) is the Research Chair in Studies in Historical Trauma and Transformation at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She graduated from Fort Hare University with a bachelor's degree and an Honours degree in psychology. She obtained her master's degree in Clinical Psychology at Rhodes University. She received her PhD in psychology from the University of Cape Town. Her doctoral thesis, entitled "Legacies of violence: An in-depth analysis of two case studies based on interviews with perpetrators of a 'necklace' murder and with Eugene de Kock", offers a perspective that integrates psychoanalytic and social psychological concepts to understand extreme forms of violence committed during the apartheid era. Her main interests are traumatic memories in the aftermath of political conflict, post-conflict reconciliation, empathy, forgiveness, psychoanalysis and intersubjectivity. She served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). She currently works at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein as a senior research professor.
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A Human Being Died That Night

book by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

author: Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela




Empathy and childhood maltreatment: a mixed-methods investigation. ( 2014 )

scientific article published in May 2014

author: Dan J. Stein, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela Simon C Locher, Lisa Barenblatt, Melike M Fourie

Response To Commentaries. ( 2017 )

scientific article published in April 2017

author: Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

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