500 year archive


The present is always filled with spectres of the past, which slip in and out of view. Burdened by complex colonial and apartheid inheritances, contemporary South Africa negotiates these spectres in a highly charged manner.

The archives that impose themselves on, or lend themselves to, such negotiations are the focus of our enquiry, as are the B-sides, the archives that are unrecognised, neglected, disavowed or subaltern inheritances. In a project that is at once historical and contemporary - and that resonates in global discussions of memory, trauma, social justice, imperialism, indigenous rights, and the practices of history – we pay attention to the remixes of the record, in the past and in the present.


Introduction of new student and postdoc

In 2022, the APC welcomed Masters student Sihle Motsa and Postdoctoral fellow Nina Liebenberg. Master’s student and History Access Scholar, Sihle Motsa, is a writer and art practitioner interested in curatorial and archival research methodologie

March 2022 Research Development Workshop

The APC’s 2022 Research Development Workshop took place over Zoom, with hybrid affordances particularly on the first day, over the 23th-25th of March. Following the model of preceding Zoom workshops, 26 papers by 28 authors

After the Fire: Loss Archive and African Studies

The hybrid symposium, ‘After the Fire: Loss, Archive and African Studies’ took place on the 18th and 19th of April, organised by APC Associate Duane Jethro and APC Postdoc Alírio Karina, with collaborative supp

Lexicons of African Freedoms

In his role as Researcher at the PRIN Genealogies of African Freedoms, Università di Pavia, APC Research Associate Dr. Ettore Morelli organised the symposium, Lexicons of African Freedoms, 29-30 April 2022. The Symposium hosted contributions de

Basotho and the Bantustans

On April 14th, APC welcomed Dr. John Aerni-Flessner, Associate Professor of African and World History at Michigan State University, who presented a paper co-authored with Dr. Grey Magaiza, Lecturer and Head of the Community Development Prog

APC’ers on the Western Cape Archives Advisory Committee

Congratulations to APC’ers Sanele KaNtshingana and Sibusiso Nkomo who have been appointed to serve on the Western Cape Archives Advisory Committee (WCAAC). They join Jo-Anne Duggan, the incoming chair, along with Associate Professor Lance van Si