This last Archive & Public Culture gazette for 2014 brings to a close a busy year of research, workshops, supervisions, special events, fundraising, projects, reports, dialogue forums and publications.
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.
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.
The Archival Platform’s report, State of the Archives: An Analysis of South Africa’s National Archival System, has been completed and is due for publication at the end of January 2015. As a stakeholder in archives, and mindful of the public interest in a dynamic, efficient and transformative national archival system, the Archival Platform’s report is offered as a contribution – to provoke debate and stimulate action to address the fundamental challenges that bedevil the national archival system.