Opinions

 

Category: Archival Platform

Our new minister is responsible for archives too!

In all the uproar surrounding the appointment of our new minister something positive has emerged: arts and culture organisations have been coming out in defence of the sector, explaining why arts and cuture matters in society. We put the case for archives.

Cecil Rhodes, Heritage Formation and Contemporary Popular Culture

Duane Jethro, notes that as the state has chosen not to ‘unsettle’ apartheid-era monuments and heritage sites activists have taken matters into their own hands and staged various cultural interventions in an attempt to disrupt these static commemorations of power.

The Art Archive

Emile considers the ‘art archive’, the visual constructons of the human imagination that stand alongside other forms of the human trace such as letters, books, oral testimonies, etc., and as important in understanding the meaning and scope of archive and memory.

The pleasures of discovery: understanding the settlement you live in.

Stephen Townsend shares his delight in the pleasure of discovering the places we inhabit, through the archive, and offers researchers interested in exploring the archive of the built environment some useful tips.

Looking back at 2013: Looking forward to 2014

Jo-Anne Duggan pauses for a moment to reflect on the state of the archive - the good news, the challenges and the way ahead.

Archives and the “Clouds”: Legacy, Accountability and Structure

Graham Dominy’s blog examines the state of the archives system in South Africa in terms of its constitutional, legal and administrative mandates. This post is s based on a seminar presented at the Public Affairs Research Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in May 2013.

Boxes in the Bantustan Basement :The Trajectories and Possibilities of the Lebowa Archive

Laura Phillips visits the archives of the former Lebowa and concludes that the disorder she finds there is the product of a very particular set of historical and administrative circumstances.

#AskACurator and African collections

Harriet Deacon comments on the excitement and silences of #AskACurator day on 18 September 2013.

Why don’t all museums and archives want to open up like the Rijksmuseum?

Harriet Deacon looks at the advantages of and barriers to promoting wider digital access to heritage collections.

Forever Etched in my Memory: The funeral poster that haunted my childhood

This evocative post by Xolelwa Kashe-Katiya’s reminds us of the power of the archive and the opportunities that digitisation offers to make fragments of the past broadly accessible in the present.

Future archives: problematizing digital archives

Carolien Greyling considers the the benefit of digitizating archives, especially for making material more easily accessible, but wonders if the cost of this will, in fact, keep these resources out-of reach.

Archives in the Future

Goa Gaberone think ahead and shares her wish list for archives with us!

What is still wrong with the Protection of State Information Bill?

Verne Harris reflects on the Protection of State Information Bill, identifies four fundamental flaws and concludes that the way forward is to withdraw the Bill in its current form and start from scratch.

Comment on the revised draft White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage

The document offers a very narrow reading of the role and significance of archives. More specifically: it fails to address the vital role of the archives in a democratic society; it loses sight of the role of archives in re-imaging the past; and it does not address the critical role that archives play in building social cohesion

The Liberation archives and human rights in South Africa

Vuyani Booi suggests that liberation archives are not just mere records to be studied for historical purposes and argues that they may be used to build a responsible citizenry.