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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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Swiss funding awarded for sound studies exchange programme

The ongoing cooperation between Archive & Public Culture and the Basler Afrika Bibliographien (BAB) in Switzerland has attracted funding from the Swiss-South Africa Joint Research Programme. This exchange programme for scholars and archivists was initiated by historian Dag Henrichsen (BAB) and Anette Hoffmann (APC), and is based in both Basel and Cape Town.

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Kindling sparks at the pre-Colonial Catalytic History Conference

John Wright

In recent years, the national education authorities have been investing time and money in working to get a number of ‘catalytic’ research projects off the ground in various educational institutions around the country. These projects are aimed at releasing new energies in research in fields of knowledge-making that go beyond conventional modes of thinking rooted in colonialism and apartheid.

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