2018: Peace, Trauma, and Religion in Post-Apartheid South Africa.

Public Lectures 2018

 Peace, Trauma, and Religion in Post-Apartheid South Africa.

When the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was a established in 1996 it quickly became the gem of peacemaking efforts around the globe. The TRC became a sort of gold standard for conflict resolution and reconciliation processes around the world. Nearly 22 years after its establishment South Africa is still wrestling with the legacy and effects of Apartheid.

ACRPJ is inviting the public to attend a series of public lectures investigating the complexities of truth telling in the reconciliation process, the legacy of colonialism and racism, and identities in "Post"-Apartheid South Africa, as well as the role of religion and theology in "Post"-Apartheid South Africa.  

PhD- Candidate

Cobus van Wyngaard

White Christian Talk and the Reformation, Transformation, and Disruption of Whiteness in South Africa

Prof. Dr.

Eddy van der Borght & 


Louis van der Riet

Enacting Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: A historical perspective on the TRC

PhD- Candidate

Lerato Kobe

Post-Apartheid Black Liberation Theology in South Africa


Helgard Pretorius

The Ascending Christ's Wounds - and the Church's call to Serve Just Peace in South Africa

Prof. Dr.

Fernando Enns



Peace, Trauma, and Religion in Post-Apartheid South Africa:

Insights from the excursion of VU-students of the master specialization: Peace, Trauma, and Religion

Director of IFOR: Lucas Johnson

Whiteness/Racism, De-Colonization of Theology

There were no public lectures in 2019 because the Centre was helping to plan the 2nd Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference and Festival

Location and Information

Attendance is free of charge. However, it is highly appreciated if you inform us of your intended attendance via e-mail. (see: 'Contact')


​The lecture room should be accessible from 13.15 hrs. Your timely presence will be much appreciated. If you are unfamiliar with the VU University, one of the University's hosts will be happy to help you find your way. A host can always be found in the main hall.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

De Boelelaan 1105

1081 HV Amsterdam


The University can be reached by public transport using the following public transport lines:

Metro: Line 51. Stop: De Boelelaan/VU.

Tram: Line 5, 16. Stop: De Boelelaan/VU.

For your convenience, you can download an overview here.