Monday, 30 November 2020
Settlement outline of uMgungundlovu, from James Stuart, uKulumetule, London, Longmans, Green & Co., 1925, 16.
Launch of a new podcast


In September 2020, the APC's Five Hundred Year Archive (FHYA) launched the first of a series of podcasts based on materials in its 500 Year Archive.  The two-part podcast, uMgungundlovu: through the eyes of the izinceku, offers a description of life at the Zulu king Dingane's capital, uMgungundlovu in the 1830s. This podcast is based  on accounts by Lunguza kaMpukane, Thununu kaNonjiya , Ngidi kaMcikaziswa and Sivivi kaMaqungo recorded in the early 1900s by the amateur historian, James Stuart. Stuart published it in a school reader, uKulumetule, in 1925 

Publication Date:
Fri, 02 Oct 2020 - 14:00
Publication of Anette Hoffman’s sound archives book


APC research fellow Anette Hoffmann’s monograph Kolonialgeschichte hören. Das Echo gewaltsamer Wissensproduktion in historischen Tondokumenten aus dem südlichen Afrika (Hearing colonial history. The echo of violent knowledge production in historical sound recordings from southern Africa, Mandelbaum Verlag, 2020) came out in September. The book is one of the results of her engagement with sound archives. It delivers a systematic study of the postion and potential of sound recordings as sources for an understanding of colonial  history that includes the comments of those who were subjected to research by anthropologists and linguists

Publication Date:
Fri, 02 Oct 2020 - 13:30
A Treasure Trove of Material about the Deep Past


A test version of the 500 Year Archive (500YA) is now available online ( for public consultation. It is proving to be a  treasure trove for researchers working under lockdown conditions.The 500YA is one of the digital outputs of the APC's Five Hundred Year Archive project (FHYA). The project supports enquiry into the persistently neglected history of southern Africa before colonialism. One of the ways it does this is by developing novel digital research tools.

Publication Date:
Fri, 02 Oct 2020 - 13:00
Public Life: Past, Present and Future


In August the Archive and Public Culture research initiative at UCT hosted a day long-long colloquium Public Life: Past, Present and Future. The colloquium took stock of fresh theoretical insights, innovative methods and new research in the area of public life, and its histories.

Publication Date:
Fri, 02 Oct 2020 - 12:30