In July 2019, the Archive and Public Culture research initiative held the first of a series of three workshops undertaken under the umbrella of a Mellon Foundation-funded, Digital Humanities endeavour. The workshops, to be held between mid-2019 and mid-2020, are designed to explore the possibility of constituting a supra-institutional information- and technology-sharing consortium between three projects that have a shared focus on the persistently neglected archive of the long southern African past before European colonialism.
In late August 2019, Carolyn Hamilton, visited the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, Pietermaritzburg, to undertake follow-up research on two aspects of the APC’S Five Hundred Year Archive’s work with this institutional partner.
Carolyn Hamilton’s visit to the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Museum was followed by a fieldtrip to the lower Nsuze region in KwaZulu-Natal organized by KZN Museum chief curator, Gavin Whitelaw. Other participants were Justine Wintjes (curator) and Dimakatso Tlhoaele (research technician) from the Museum, Steven Kotze, researcher in the Durban Local History Museums, and John Wright, a research associate in the APC.
This was the title of the 27th biennial conference of the Southern African Historical Society, held at Rhodes University in Makhanda between 24-26 June 2019. Among the participants were APC research associates Cynthia Kros and John Wright. Together with Professor Lize Kriel of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Pretoria, they were members of a panel which discussed the theme ‘Hidden interlocutors: rediscovering the names behind the printed words’. Here Kros gives her impressions of the conference, and comments on her contribution to the panel discussion. Wright and Kriel add comments on their respective contributions.