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SA Launches of the Book, Bodies of Truth in Johannesburg and Cape Town

Dr Rita Kesselring who conducted her fieldwork with Khulumani members in the Western Cape, is currently visiting South Africa to launch the book published from her PhD.

The book is entitled BODIES OF TRUTH and offers an intimate account of how apartheid victims deal with the long-term effects of violence, focusing on the intertwined themes of embodiment, injury, victimhood, and memory. 

In 2002, victims of apartheid-era violence filed suit against multinational corporations, accusing them of aiding and abetting the security forces of the apartheid regime. While the litigation made its way through the U.S. courts, thousands of victims of gross human rights violations have had to cope with painful memories of violence. 

They have also confronted an official discourse claiming that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of the 1990s sufficiently addressed past injuries. This book shows victims' attempts to emancipate from their experiences by participating in legal actions, but also by creating new forms of sociality among themselves and in relation to broader South African society.

  • Rita Kesselring is Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Social Anthropology at the University of Basel, Switzerland.

Book discussions and launches:

Bodies of Truth: Law, Memory and Emancipation in Post-Apartheid South Africa, Presented by Rita Kesselring

Cape Town: Clarke’s Bookshop, 199 Long Street

Date: Wednesday, 15th February, 2017 - 5.30 for 6pm

Johannesburg:  Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research (WISER)

Venue: Wiser Seminar Room, WITS University
6th Floor • Richard Ward Building • East Campus

Date: Monday, 27 February, 2017 - 15:00

Johannesburg: Bridge Books

Venue: 85 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg
On the Mezzanine, City Central food hall

Date: Wednesday, 1 March, 2017 - 18:00

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