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The present is always filled with spectres of the past, which slip in and out of view. Burdened by complex colonial and apartheid inheritances, contemporary South Africa negotiates these spectres in a highly charged manner.

The archives that impose themselves on, or lend themselves to, such negotiations are the focus of our enquiry, as are the B-sides, the archives that are unrecognised, neglected, disavowed or subaltern inheritances. In a project that is at once historical and contemporary – and that resonates in global discussions of memory, trauma, social justice, imperialism, indigenous rights, and the practices of history – we pay attention to the remixes of the record, in the past and in the present.

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Knowing by Ear

On 9 September, Archive & Public Culture hosted the South African-Swiss sound archives workshop, Knowing by Ear: Histories and Politics of Listening, Aural Knowledge, and Located Audiences, organized by Anette Hoffmann and Dag Henrichsen.

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Re-activation of human remains in Cape Town

Memory Biwa

‘Breaking this Unbearable Silence’ was the theme for the activation production hosted by Berlin-based artists collective Artefakte/aktivierung (Regina Sarreiter, Dierk Schmidt, Brigitte Kuster) with Kunsthaus Dresden artist collective Burning Museum (Tazneem Wentzel, Scott Williams, Jarret Erasmus, Justin Davy) and Khoesmology (Memory Biwa) at Greatmore Studios, Cape Town from 27 to 28 September 2014.

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APC welcomes Buthelezi as Senior Researcher

Archive & Public Culture welcomes Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi as the research initiative’s new permanent Senior Researcher.

Buthelezi was, until recently, a senior researcher in the Rural Women’s Action Research Programme in the Centre for Law and Society at UCT, and before that had a short stint as a lecturer in English. He completed a PhD in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and an MA in English at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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Farewell, Anette

Carolyn Hamilton

This month, Archive & Public Culture says farewell to our senior research officer, Dr Anette Hoffmann, who returns home to Germany. Anette was responsible for the APC’s 2013/4 focus on Sound Archives, which followed and built on the APC’s previous focus on visual archives and curation. 

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