Political Apologies Across Cultures

TUE 26 MARCH, 20:00
Auditorium, Tongersestraat 53

Prof. Juliette Schaafsma

Professor of cultures in interaction, Tilburg University

Juliette Schaafsma investigates how different cultures view political apologies, whether there are cross-cultural differences and how these are valued, interpreted and expressed. In this research, she looks at the role of cultural values such as collectivism and individualism, and norms like honour and loss of face. The research extends over fifteen countries and five continents. 

In recent decades, there has been a considerable rise in the number of apologies offered by states for injustices and human rights violations. But are such gestures a viable reconciliatory tool and do they have a universal potential to redress injustice or restore harmony? Or do people across cultures have different notions about what political apologies mean, what purpose they serve or how they can or should be expressed?



26 March 2024

20:00 - 21:30