Collective and community initiatives can empower those suffering from the wounds of a violent past to collaborate towards mutual healing, thus creating new possibilities for peace.

To better understand the significance of these community-rooted collective healing endeavours, the GHFP and the UNESCO Slave Route Project are co-hosting a second international symposium to explore these themes. This one-day event will take place at the RSA in London and bring together key scholars and practitioners who have experience and expertise in engaging communities in healing mass traumas.

The symposium will focus on three questions:

  1. What are the typical psychological and social symptoms encountered in communities resulting from the experience and legacies of past atrocities?
  2. What might constitute collective healing in these situations?
  3. How do community-based processes and practices contribute to collective healing? (And how would the community evaluate collective healing? What are the relevant indicators that some healing has taken place?)

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Please return here for the presentations and discussion notes.