In July 2015 the Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative, together with Dr. Bodhisattva Kar (History, UCT), organised a colloquium with the title “IZITHUNGUTHU: Southern African Pasts before the Colonial Era, Their Archives and Their Ongoing Present/ Presence.”. Here we report on the proceedings.
In early July, APC researchers made multiple contributions to the 25th Biennial Conference (“Unsettling Stories and Unstable Subjects”) of the Southern African Historical Society, held at the University of Stellenbosch. The conference also saw the launch of Volume 6 of The James Stuart Archive of Recorded Oral Evidence Relating to the History of the Zulu and Neighbouring Peoples.
Mbongiseni Buthelezi recently visited Bosnia to attend a leg of the ongoing Mandela Dialogues on Transitional Justice and Memory Work, which bring together activists, lawyers, academics, archivists and museum professionals to work on overcoming the legacies of oppressive pasts.
APC post-doctoral fellow Memory Biwa took part in “Artificial Facts”, a transnational exhibition and research project which saw interventions in Cape Town, Porto Novo and finally Dresden in June 2015, engaging with questions around historical colonial collections of human “remains” and objects.