In late July, members of the FHYA participated in the latest of a series of Workshops organised by WiSER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) as part of its Programme of African Digital Humanities (Afridig). Across four days, a total of 20 projects reported on some of the problems and achievements of their in-development digital platforms over the course of the previous year.
The Bibliomatrix is an experimental research tool, early components of which are featured in a presentation on FHYA’s EMANDULO platform, which is currently in a testing phase. The Bibliomatrix experiments with novel ways of engaging with historical data and materials in a digital setting. It does so by illuminating networks of production and reproduction amongst historical materials and scholarship about them. The materials include those viewed as sources, as commentary on sources, and as synthesised historical accounts.
APC Chair Carolyn Hamilton and APC Associate researcher Lesley Cowling contributed to a recently published book, Public Intellectuals in South Africa: Critical Voices from the Past, edited by Chris Broodryk and published by Wits University Press.
APC Postdoctoral Fellow Alírio Karina’s article “The Politics of Witchcraft and the Politics of Blood: Reading Sovereignty and Sociality in the Livingstone Museum” was published in Postmodern Culture, as part of a special issue titled “Unsettle the Struggle, Trouble the Grounds”, that works to explore the frictions, troubles and possibilities that emerge from thinking global Blackness and Indigeneity in conversation.