UKZN Researcher Presents Research at the CHCI-Mellon Crises of Democracy Global Humanities Institute

Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the College of Law and Management Studies, Dr Stella Shulika, was one of 17 international early career researchers selected to present her research at the CHCI-Mellon Crises of Democracy Global Humanities Institute in Dubrovnik,Croatia.

Over a period of nine days, researchers from various disciplines discussed their research, shared experiences and gained both theoretical and practical insights under the theme of Crises of Democracy through the Prism of Cultural Trauma.

Shulika presented her research on The Prevalence of State Violence in Southern Cameroons: Implications for Political Participation and discussed the ongoing Anglophone crisis in Cameroon as one of the many examples of a crisis in democracy on the African continent.

She noted that the government has repressed citizen participation in political and democratic processes.

‘The complex Anglophone crisis requires resolution and the comments and recommendations from the academic community and the programme participants were very useful,’ said Shulika.

She is exploring ways of furthering her knowledge and contributing research and publications on the subject of cultural trauma.

‘I am looking into how I can create a platform/forum where people and students can engage discourses on the subject of trauma – cultural, collective or otherwise. I would like to encourage early career researchers (PhD Candidates and post-docs) to seize the opportunity to apply for such programmes as it could be the boost they need to advance their academic career,’ she said.

Words: Thandiwe Jumo
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