Exchanging Justice for Truth is an Embrace of Evil: a View on Human Rights through the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Is a common understanding of human rights possible?
Writer, poet and academic, Antjie Krog was born in South Africa and grew up on a farm in the Orange Free State. She has published thirteen volumes of poetry (as well as an additional three for children), several of which have been translated into European languages and have won local and international prizes. Krog and her South African Broadcasting Corporation radio team received the Pringle Award for excellence in journalism for their reporting on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and she won the Foreign Correspondent’s Award for outstanding journalism for her coverage of the TRC. Her book about the TRC, Country of My Skull (1998) won numerous awards, including the Alan Paton Award and the Olive Schreiner Award for the best work of prose published between 1998 and 2000. It was followed by A Change of Tongue (2003) and Begging to Be Black (2009), which features her dialogues with the Australian philosopher Paul Patton.
Antjie Krog will be in Australia as a guest of the International Auto/Biography Association, the Humanities Research Centre (ANU) and the National Centre of Biography (ANU).
The evening has been sponsored by the School of Humanities (FASS) at UNSW and the Australian Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law, at UNSW.
photo © Philippe Matsas