The Quality of Remorse in South Africa and Northern Ireland - Implications for Australia

Status: 2012 - 2016

Staff: Associate Professor Juliet Rogers

Australian Research Council, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) funded (2012-2016) for research on "The Quality of Remorse in South Africa and Northern Ireland - Implications for Australia". This project is an examination of the quality of remorse that is required by survivors, and expected from institutions and individuals, in the context of Northern Ireland after The Troubles and in South Africa post Apartheid, with a background examination of archives and literature on the experience of trauma of Holocaust survivors. In each context oral and written archives are examined to consider calls for remorse, and key informants in each contexts are interviewed to discuss the findings. The understanding from these contexts are then discussed with key indigenous activists and academics in Australia to formulate new insights into the role of remorse in dealing with the 'unfinished business' of reconciliation in Australia, particularly in regard to the Stolen Generations.