This symposium marks the first anniversary of the fire that destroyed the Jagger Reading Room, and much of the African Studies collections at the University of Cape Town. This was not the only African archive or institution to burn in 2021.
The Centre for Curating the Archive hosts the final, concluding session of the Spirals virtual seminar series on Friday 17 December 2021 3-4:30pm (SAST). This session considers the collecting of linguistic data in the southern African context, and the knowledge practises and orders it links into.
The Spirals talk “Weaving” by Dr Magdalena Buchczyk explored the historical ethnography of the textile collections at the Museum of European Cultures (MEK) in order to tell a story about the museum throughout the 20th century. The case study which Dr Buchczyk focused on for her presentation was that of the woven carpets (Masurian weaving collection especially) which she uses as an example to explore the following question: what would happen if we took the notion of weaving seriously in our thinking about museums?
The CCA hosts another session of the Spirals virtual seminar series on Friday 26 November, 12-1:30pm. This session considers the question of 'Weaving', as an open-ended term referring to the practise of tying together, in this case histories as materialised in textiles that are incorporated into museum and heritage settings.