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Twenty years since the establishment of democracy in South Africa, the people, land and politics of Southern Africa continue to be imprinted and influenced by the legacies of the wars fuelled bythe apartheid era. The aim of this cross-disciplinary conference is to invite diverse views and perspectives on addressing the legacies of these wars. Scholars and activists are invited to presentpapers and engagein conversations about their work, their contexts and their insights.

This three-day event will take place at Rhodes University, and will consist of two phases. The first is a series of public dialogues in partnership with the annual South African National Arts Festival’s Think!Fest, on 4 July 2013. The second is a two-day academic conference on 5 and 6 July 2013.

The cross-disciplinary nature of this conference means that a broad range of themes could be explored, including:

  • Historical dialogue
  • Dialogue as archive
  • Memory and violence
  • Trauma healing work
  • Theories relating to the legacies of trauma and violence
  • Biographies about the apartheid wars
  • Researching the apartheid wars
  • The legacies of conscription
  • Veterans who served in the SADF or liberation forces
  • Gender and militarism
  • Accountability for the past
  • Trauma and resilience
  • Intergenerational legacies of war and conflict


Conference convenors:

  • Theresa Edlmann, Director: Legacies of Apartheid Wars Project, Rhodes University Department of History
  • Professor Gary Baines, HOD, Department of History, Rhodes University

This conference is being jointly hosted by two projects based at Rhodes University:

  • The Legacies of Apartheid Wars Project, funded by Atlantic Philanthropies
  • The South African War Veterans Project, funded by the South African Partnership for Alternative Development (SANPAD)


Click here for the LAWs Project website