About us

The HISTORY ACCESS programme is an attempt to operationalise a set of concrete, sustainable and institutionally implementable transformative practices which can creatively respond to the perceived disconnect between the academic discipline and the public lives of the pasts in the fraught context of South Africa.


Since 2018, History Access has run IsiXhosa for Historical Research sessions. These sessions are led by Mandihlume Dotwana and in 2020 co-led by Sanele KaNtshingana. The sessions are intensive and roughly consist of 60 hours per year (12 sessions per semester every Thursday from 2-4:30pm). They are primarily aimed at the History Access Honours, Masters and PHD students, but also include History Access Postdoctoral fellows and select guests from other faculties.
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Vernacular Universals

This cluster of HISTORY ACCESS will be focused on the questions of multilinguality.

Everyday Archives

This cluster will encourage and actively facilitate the options of articulating original research in technologically contemporary and innovative forms.

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Funded by: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation