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Convening: Reimagining Heritage, Archives and Museums|Today/Tomorrow

This convening signifies a renewed and ongoing commitment from the French Embassy and IFAS to support heritage, archive, and museum spaces in Africa.

13 February 2024
09:00 – 21:00
The Homecoming Centre
15 M59, District six , 7925, Cape Town, City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality, South Africa

The Reimagining Heritage, Archives and Museums: Today/Tomorrow international convening will take place from 13th to 15th February 2024 at the Homecoming Centre in Cape Town. Reimagining Heritage, Archives and Museums: Today/Tomorrow.

 

This multi-stakeholder project, initiated by the Institut Français d’Afrique du Sud/French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the Embassy of France, is co-constructed with South African partners and in wider consultation with African institutions.

 

Themes range from more challenging issues such as funding, restitution, ‘Indigenization’ and collections care and management in an African context to community engagement, contemporary design as heritage preservation, the role of private collectors in heritage, and digital futures.

 

The convening aims to develop a framework for a new relational ethic between Southern Africa and France, and more broadly between the rest of Africa and Europe and set priorities for future cooperation projects between our regions. Additionally, it aims to explore ways to facilitate the preservation and promotion of heritage (material and immaterial), archives and museums through new ideas and concrete tools and programmes; and to address the complex challenges of today, driven by new technologies and vocal civil movements.

 

 


 

Day 1 Programme

 

Design Thinking Workshop (10:00 – 12:00):

 

Workshop hosted by Hasso Plattner d-school Afrika.

 

Meet and Greet Lunch (13:00 – 14:00):

 

Informal gathering for delegates and contributors to connect.

 

Welcome Address (14:15 – 14:40):

 

Representatives from Homecoming Centre, District Six Museum, Absa, MEMORIST and the Ambassador of France to South Africa, Lesotho and Malawi.

 

Curator's Address (14:45 – 15:00):

Ngaire Blankenberg (South Africa)

 

Discussion 1: Reimagining Museums and Cultural Institutions (15:00 – 16:30):

 

Prof. Carolyn Hamilton | Storm Janse van Rensburg | Lekgetho Makola | Steve Kwena Mokwena | Albie Sachs | Sophia Sanan | Moderated by Ngaire Blankenberg (South Africa)

 

Discussion 2: Reimagining the South African Museum (16:45 – 17:45):

 

Dr Wendy Black | Dr Wandile Kasibe | Annelize Kotze | Dr Nokuthula Nhleko | Moderated by Dr Wayne Florence (South Africa)

 

Opening Event: Reimaging Heritage Archives and Museums: Today/Tomorrow (18:30 – 21:00):

 

Held at the Whale Well, Iziko South African Museum with a performance by live-looping duo uKhoikhoi.

 

Note: Schedule and topics are subject to change; limited capacity for certain events; booking essential for the Design Thinking Workshop.

 

 

 

The Homecoming Centre
15 M59, District six , 7925, Cape Town, City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality, South Africa
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