This book brings together scholars from diverse backgrounds to provide interdisciplinary perspectives on national healing, integration, and reconciliation in Zimbabwe. Taking into account the complex nature of healing across moral, political, economic, cultural, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of communities and the nation, the chapters discuss approaches, disparities, tensions, and solutions to healing and reconciliation within a multidisciplinary framework. Arguing that Zimbabwe’s development agenda is severely compromised by the dominance of violence and militancy, the contributors analyse the challenges, possibilities and opportunities for national healing. This book will be of interest to scholars of African studies, conflict and reconciliation, and development studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction: national healing, integration and reconciliation in Zimbabwe Ezra Chitando, Kelvin Chikonzo, and Nehemiah Chivandikwa 1. The elusive search for national healing and reconciliation in Zimbabwe Teddy Mungwari and Ephraim Vhutuza 2. The social imaginary for healing and reconciliation David Kaulemu 3. The significance of inclusivity: national healing and reconciliation in Zimbabwe Mediel Hove and Darlington Mutanda 4. The government of national unity and national healing in Zimbabwe Tobias Marevesa 5. Tinkering with the commission: Zimbabwe’s use of commissions of inquiry as a transitional justice mechanism Everisto Benyera 6. Theorising reconciliation and national healing in Zimbabwe Joram Tarusarira 7. Violence as a peace repellent: the politics of Zimbabwe and hate language during the “Old Dispensation” Francis Matambirofa 8. The Shona proverbs as a resource for reconciliation Liveson Tatira 9. Sahwira and/as endogenous healing and therapy in Shona funerary rituals: insights for national healing Ruth Makumbirofa, Kelvin Chikonzo, and Nehemiah Chivandikwa 10. Theatre, grassroots civility, and healing/reconciliation: a critique of Heal the Wounds Nehemiah Chivandikwa, Kelvin Chikonzo, and Tafadzwa Mlenga 11. Ngozi spirits and healing the nation at the grassroots Diana Jeater 12. Media and healing in Zimbabwe: millstone or milestone? Stanley Tsarwe and Wellington Gadzikwa 13. Remembering and healing post-colonial violence: an analysis of Christopher Mlalazi’s Running with Mother Josephine Muganiwa 14. The beauty of forgiveness: lessons for Zimbabwe in conflict-transformation and peace-building from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun Ruby Magosvongwe 15. The potential role of education in peacebuilding in Zimbabwe Mediel Hove and Enock Ndawana 16. “The Bruised and Troubled Nation”: Pentecostals, reconciliation, and development in Zimbabwe Kudzai Biri 17. Zimbabwean theology and religious studies promoting national healing and reconciliation: towards curriculum transformation Ezra Chitando and Nisbert T. Taringa 18. Trauma and healing among children on the streets in Zimbabwe Samson Mhizha, Tinashe Muromo, and Patrick Chiroro 19. The environmental healing promises of a Zimbabwean traditional religio-mythical paradise Nisbert Taisekwa Taringa
Ezra Chitando serves as a professor in the Department of Religious Studies, Classics, and Philosophy at the University of Zimbabwe and a theology consultant on HIV and AIDS for the World Council of Churches. He has published extensively on religion and HIV, gender, masculinity, politics, and methodology.
Kelvin Chikonzo is a senior lecturer who has researched intensively on protest theatre in Zimbabwe. He is interested in studying various aspects of democracy protest theatre as a way of ensuring that protest theatre does not replicate the oppression that it purports to fight against in terms of multivocalism, mediation of agency and liberating the spectator.
Nehemiah Chivandikwa is an Associate Professor at the University of Zimbabwe. He teaches theatre and development communication and applied media technologies. His research interests are in performance and body politics, gender, disability, applied theatre performances and media. He has published several articles in both regional and international journals in these areas. Prof Chivandikwa has been involved in several projects in applied theatre on gender, political violence, disability and rural and urban development. His latest 2017 publications are: ‘Subverting Ableist Discourse as an Exercise in Precarity’ in the Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 35(3):pp.61–75 and ‘Political-Ethical Approach to Disability in Theatre for Development Context’ in Applied Theatre Research, 5(2):83–97.