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Charles Villa-Vicencio

Emeritus Professor, University of Cape Town

Charles Villa-Vicencio teaches and undertakes research at Georgetown University in Washington DC in the northern hemisphere fall semester of each year, spending the rest of each calendar year working in his native South Africa and other parts of the continent.

He is also a senior research fellow in the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation based in Cape Town, having founded the Institute in 2000 and served as its executive director for eight years.

He was earlier the National Research Director in the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Prior to that he was Professor of Religion and Society at the University of Cape Town. He is presently an Emeritus Professor of that university.

A regular contributor to debate in South Africa, his present work is largely in the area of transitional justice. He has worked in several African countries, as well as in the Spanish Basque situation, Sri Lanka, Peru and Colombia.

His latest publications include: Africa Renaissance and Afro-Arab Spring: A Season of Rebirth, edited with Erik Doxtader and Ebrahim Moosa (Georgetown University Press, and University of Cape Town Press, 2015); Walk with Us and Listen: Political Reconciliation in Africa (Georgetown University Press, and University of Cape Town Press, 2009); Conversations in Transition: The South African Story (David Philip Publishers, 2012).


  • –present
    Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies , University of Cape Town