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.
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
A test version of the 500 Year Archive (500YA) is now available online (www.fhya.org) 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.
In July 2020, APC research associate Dr. Carine Zaayman was selected for a coveted postdoctoral position in the transnational project “Worlding Public Cultures: Museums in an Age of Decolonization”. The project brings together universities and museums across the Atlantic, including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Tate Modern (London), the National Museum of World Cultures (Amsterdam), and the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (Berlin).