oa Journal of Education - The mediation of traumatic memories in Cape Town high schools and museums: an epistemological investigation

Volume 33, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-479X



In this paper I reflect on the research questions, theory and methodology of a previous study, which focused on the question: �How do teachers and learners of five different high schools in Cape Town deal with material on the Trojan Horse Incident (which took place in Athlone, Cape Town 1985)?�, and �Can this kind of material be used to open a classroom discussion on politically sensitive issues?� I nvestigate critically my theory and methodology, and the use of terms such as �traumatic/painful memories�, �narrative� and �discourse�. The aim of this epistemological reflection is to be able to move forward in my current research in which I look at ways in which teachers and museum facilitators mediate traumatic memories inside Cape Town high school history classrooms, and in the heritage sites of the District Six Museum and the Holocaust Centre.

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