Heike Becker’s English review of the new book in German, Kolonialgeschichte Hören, by APC research associate, Dr. Anette Hoffman, was published in Anthropology Southern Africa under the heading ‘Listening to the Sound(s) of Colonial History. It offers a useful introduction to Hoffman’s ideas for researchers who are not able to read the German text. An English-language edition is due out in 2022.
Discussion of South Africa’s past before colonial times has often become the subject of fierce argument, both in public media and in the academic world. Lively exchanges on what many people call ‘oral traditions’ took place during a seminar given by Cynthia Kros and John Wright at the University of Johannesburg on 12 October. Their paper, with the title ‘Journeys into the archive of South Africa’s deep past: Introducing a book’, was given in the programme of seminars run by the university’s Department of Historical Studies.
A core component of what we do at the FHYA is being on the lookout for new challenges. This also means learning how to use new tools and testing them both in practice and in theory. From time to time, members of the team focus on a particular software and investigate if and how it can be deployed in digital archival curation. In this spirit, last May FHYA team members Carolyn Hamilton, Ettore Morelli, Rifqah Kahn, Vanessa Chen, along with Michelle House, joined Stefania Merlo and Justine Wintjes from our Afridig partner project Metsemegologolo in an online training session on GIS, or Geographic Information System software.
At the beginning of 2021, the APC launched a Research Group focused on the history of Lesotho and neighbouring areas. Convened by Ettore Morelli, it includes Patrick Whang, Sibusiso Nkomo, Carolyn Hamilton, Mojalefa Koloko and Katleho Shoro, while other APCers join the discussion on specific occasions.
The group’s work is particularly attentive to archives left behind by various historical actors, including scholars, writers and journalists, Sotho royals, missionaries, and colonial officers, covering the 19th and 20th century.