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.
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
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
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
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
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
We invited well-known historian Jeff Peires to address students in the History in Public Life MA course on the 7th of April this year. Members of History Access and the APC joined us in a hybrid class with Prof Peires himself speaking to us
Dr Athambile Masola has been awarded one of the NIHSS awards for her book Ilifa in the Best Fiction Poetry category. According to Prof Pumla Dineo Gqola in her review for the New Frame, the publication “interrogates Black South
When Rain Clouds Gather: Black South African Women artists, 1940-2000, is a cross-generational meditation on Black womanhood in South Africa. It is thunderous, and is aptly titled gesturing to the novel of the same name, by the banned and exi
In 2021, FHYA’s Digital Archival Manager, Debra Pryor enrolled in the BA Honours in Curatorship programme at the Centre for Curating the Archive (CCA). The research assignment was to choose an object from any collection (formal or informal) and
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
A research visit to the Eastern Cape saw composer and cellist Dr Thokozani Mhlambi performing in Makhanda on the 29th of April. The concert, which took place at The Black Power Station, was the culmination of the 37-year- old KwaZulu-Natal composer&rs