Democracy, Representation and Archives:
Acquisition Policies in South African University Archives
By Harrison Inefuku
MAS/MLIS Candidate, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies
University of British Columbia
Thursday, October 28, 2010-10-21
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m
Hamilton Library, Room 301
Between 1948 and 1994, South Africa was governed under apartheid, enforcing strict segregation along racial lines. Apartheid policies were far-reaching, dictating where individuals of different races could live, work and attain education. This period of segregation and oppresision created significant gaps in the nation’s archival record, as the voices of the marginalized were silenced in the nation’s documentary heritage.
This presentation provides an overview of South African archives, tracing the development of the nation’s archival system to developments in apartheid and later, democracy. It then provides an introduction to the speaker’s research, which explores the role university archives and special collections play in filling the archival gaps created during apartheid.
Harrison Inefuku is currently in his third year of the Dual Master of Archival Studies/Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. His research, under the direction of Dr. Lisa Nathan, focuses on how acquisition policies shape representation in South African university archives. He also serves as a graduate research assistant on the InterPARES 3; University Institutional Repositories: Copyright and Long-Term Preservation; and Digital Records Forensics Projects, under the direction of Dr. Luciana Duranti.
This event is co-sponsored by the Association of Hawaiʻi Archivists, Hamilton Library, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) and the UHM Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program