In addition to reviewing the general research and public engagement highlights of this year, we attend to the ways in which the APC’s agenda has been fuelled by the current wave of university and other protests, and to what the APC has to offer in these changing circumstances.
Against the backdrop of the #FeesMustFall protests, the participants in our October workshop took a formal decision to abandon the workshop and to carry on voluntarily with a protest-support dialogue, drawing on the research of participants where relevant. This was done to allow those students who had leadership responsibilities to participate fully within the protest movement, and academics seeking to fulfil their responsibilities in the unfolding protest to do so with support from the group.
Between 1 March and 31 July 2015, the Archival Platform engaged with stakeholders across the country via a series of dialogue forums at national, provincial and local levels. These forums brought diverse stakeholders together to discuss common interests and concerns.
The Archival Platform is preparing a research report on ‘archival activism’: the mobilising of archive in support of struggles for social justice. We invite those interested to share information about relevant initiatives.