In 2021 the APC operated mostly in remote mode. At the beginning of the year we assessed what had worked well online in 2020 and what had not, and adjusted our 2021 programme accordingly. We held a variety of successful research events online, including our two big Research Development Workshops, a series of interesting Research Labs organized by APC post-doc Alirio Karina, as well as regular meetings of the Lesotho research group and the Book Writing group. Our digital project team, the Five Hundred Year Archive (FHYA), worked intensively and successfully online.
The FHYA has completed a new presentation called ‘Spotlight on the Mfecane Debate’ that commemorates the 30-year anniversary of ‘The ‘Mfecane’ Aftermath: towards a new paradigm’ colloquium, which was held at Wits in September 1991. The colloquium, organised by Carolyn Hamilton, focused on the then-emerging mfecane debate.
The APC’s second Research Development Workshop of 2022 took place from 27-29 October on Zoom. 25 papers by 27 authors were read, given written commentary by assigned commentators, and discussed collectively over 11 sessions. As visual referents, the APC drew on a series of photographic works titled Seeing What Is Not There by APC research associate, Carine Zaayman.
On 30 September 2020 Dr. David Bresnahan, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Utah, presented “Slavery in Translation: Tracing Concepts of Marginality and Belonging between Lake Malawi and Mombasa in the first Nyanja Dictionary”. At the year’s final lab on 11 November, Dr. Daren Ray, Assistant Professor of History at Brigham Young University, presented “Muyaka’s Lament: Poetic Memory and the Surrender of Mombasa, 1815-1840.”