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Book Launch “Bodies of Truth” by Rita Kesselring
April 20, 2017 @ 18:15 - 20:00
In 2002, victims of apartheid-era violence filed suit against multinational corporations, accusing them of aiding the security forces of the apartheid regime. While the litigation made its way through U.S. courts, thousands of victims of human rights violations have had to cope with painful memories. The book 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. It shows victims’ attempts to emancipate from their experiences by participating in legal actions and creating new forms of sociality among themselves.
Rita Kesselring. Bodies of Truth: Law, Memory, and Emancipation in Post-Apartheid South Africa (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2016). 272 pp. ISBN: 9780804799782 (Paper); 9780804799836 (Ebook).