Archive, Museum, and the Safe House of Language

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The conference derived from an exhibition the institute mounted by University of Cape Town artist and writer Pippa Skotnes, based on her research in the Lucy Lloyd Archive from the Cape. In that archive, Skotnes discovered a dictionary from 1873 of a now-extinct “Bushmen.” She has constructed a magnificent multi-media exhibition of documentation, sculpture, and text. This conference brought six notable scholars together to address the issue of the colonial archive and museum in ways that challenge the kind, category, and historiographic inheritances of both.

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