What comes after reconciliation? Neoliberalism, colonialism and the limits of apology

Join us on October 6 at 1pm Eastern for an online conversation with speakers from South Africa and Chile.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/355623299593001

Preregister for zoom link: https://forms.gle/VHRSjjsFWAnLgatg7

Hosted by RiVAL: The ReImagining Value Action Lab and Lakehead University’s Social Justice Studies program

Around the world, governments have initiated diverse truth and reconciliation commissions to attempt to address the legacy of oppression and injustice and turn the page on troubled periods of history. But have they worked? To what extent are these (often well-intended) processes undermined by the continuing dominance of privileged and powerful groups, or by the persistence of neoliberal global capitalism that produces inequality? What are the lessons for activists and social movements?

On this panel we hear from two speakers. Johannesburg-based researcher and community organizer Molemo Moiloa explores what happened since South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (1995-2003) sought to overcome the legacies of the racist apartheid regime. We also hear from Santiago-based feminist organizers and artist Bree Busk about 2019’s revolutionary protests in Chile, which brought a transformative challenge to that nation’s dictatorship-era 1980 constitution, which had perpetuated economic and social injustices, even in spite of a 1991 Truth and Reconciliation process.

The event is moderated by Tina Munroe and Dr. Max Haiven of RiVAL: The ReImagining Value Action Lab.

Image by Bree Busk