Flowing from a joint consultation on Spatial Justice and Reconciliation on 21–22 September
2015, hosted by the Centre for Contextual Ministry and the Ubuntu Research Project of the
University of Pretoria, this article reflects on the notions of space and justice from the
perspective of a contemporary theological anthropology as ‘embodied sensing’, where
the making of meaning is sensed in the body. The argument is put forward that spatial justice
is an embodied endeavour and that it cannot be achieved disconnected from the bodies of the
persons in the concrete context where justice is strived for and where bodies can flourish. The
relation between spatial justice, sense of place, human flourishing and the embodied sensing of
meaning is explored.
On 21 and 22 September 2015, the Unit for Social Cohesion and Reconciliation in the Centre for Contextual Ministry at the University
of Pretoria, in conjunction with the Religious Cluster of the Ubuntu Research Project, sponsored by the Templeton Foundation, hosted
a 2-day conversation with the theme, Spatial justice and reconciliation: discerning a theological agenda. The first day comprised a
spatial immersion where participants visited various locations in the east of Pretoria, starting with Hatherley landfill site on the
outskirts of Mamelodi township.