The Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative was established to grapple with critical questions about history, memory, identity and the public sphere in South Africa. Funded by the National Research Foundation and based at the University of Cape Town’s Social Anthropology Department, this five-year interdisciplinary research project brings together leading established and emerging scholars/ researchers to explore the workings of the archive in contemporary culture.

One of the joint projects between the Initiative and the CCA is ARC: the Visual University and its Columbarium