15 March 2015 saw the launch of The Spoken Word Project: Stories Travelling Through Africa, edited by APC senior researcher Mbongiseni Buthelezi, lecturer in the English Department at UCT Christopher Ouma, and APC alumna Katleho Shoro. Buthelezi participated in a panel discussion at the launch at the Leipzig Book Fair in Leipzig, Germany, alongside popular German spoken word artist Julian Heun.
Under the auspices of the South African Archaeological Society, NRF Research Chair Carolyn Hamilton and APC Research Associate John Wright visited China in early May. The trip followed a densely packed itinerary that included visits to a host of historical sites in western China, almost all raising interesting points about the making and shaping over time of archives, in one or another form, many of which will surely feature in future aspects of APC research.
The Politics of Heritage in Africa: Economies, Histories and Infrastructures, edited by Derek Peterson from the University of Michigan, Kodzo Gavua from the University of Ghana and the University of the Western Cape’s Ciraj Rassool, was launched on 6 May 2015 at Clarke’s Bookshop, followed by a seminar at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape on 7 May. The book is timely, bringing together insights from Ghana, the first African country to gain independence from Britain in 1957, with those from South Africa, the last country to be liberated in 1994.
In the previous gazette, the Archival Platform reported on the successful launch of its State of the Archives: an analysis of the national archival system, and the National Dialogue Forum that preceded the launch. This month, Archival Director Jo-Anne Duggan reports on Provincial Dialogue Forums convened during April and May in Mpumalanga, the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape and North West.