Dr. Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela receives Templeton Prize

Congratulations to Dr. Gobodo-Madikizela, Honorary Doctor of the Faculty of Theology at FSU Jena!
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Her work underscores the importance in contemporary life of cultivating the spiritual values of hope, compassion, and reconciliation.

Heather Templeton Dill, president of the John Templeton Foundation


Dr. Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, clinical psychologist and expert in trauma therapy, was awarded the Templeton Prize of 2024. Dr. Gobodo-Madikizela has contributed significantly to the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission after the end of apartheid. Her research and publications deal with guilt, violence, empathy, the psychology of perpetrators and reconciliation research, with a particular focus on trauma therapy. Her work extends far beyond her area of expertise and is recognised in theology, law, contemporary history, cultural studies and political science. She holds the Chair of Historical Trauma and Transformation at Stellenbosch University since 2016. 

The award of the Templeton Prize signifies a meaningful recognition of her contributions to these complex fields. It is great to see her efforts recognised on such a prestigious platform!

The original announcement of Dr. Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela winning the 2024 Templeton Prize can be read on the John Templeton Foundation's website.External link