On 14 and 15 November 2019, eleven academics and museum personnel from five different institutions came together on a field trip to examine the site of uMgungundlovu, the chief ikhanda of the Zulu king Dingane kaSenzangakhona in the 1830s. Among the members of the party were APC chair Carolyn Hamilton and APC research associates Thokozani Mhlambi and John Wright.
On Wednesday 16 October, the APC hosted a Research Lab, in the format of a lunchtime discussion with Jan-Bart Gewald, Professor of African History and Director of the African Studies Centre, Leiden. Gewald presented preliminary thoughts towards a new project entitled "From the Ashes Reborn: Reconsidering the 'Time of Troubles' in Southern Africa in the Context of Global History."
APC Post-doctoral Fellow Susana Molins Lliteras, received the prestigious African Studies Association (ASA) Presidential Fellowship for 2019. Susana was one among four fellows nominated by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). The objective of the Fellowship is to invite outstanding Africa-based scholars to attend the ASA Annual Meeting and to spend time at African Studies Programmes in the US.
The second History Access graduate conference was held at UCT from the 19th to the 21st of November 2019. The conference, featuring special lectures, performances and student papers, was designed to develop capacity in critically engaging southern African vernacular sources and archives.