2024/01/10 (WED)

Registration open for the online seminar:
"Archival Solidarity: Connecting the Memory and Records of Anti-Apartheid Movements in Japan, Italy and South Africa"

We are sorry that the registration for this event is now closed as we have reached the maximum number of participants.

The Research Center for Cooperative Civil Society at Rikkyo Univerity houses the records of Anti-Apartheid movements in Japan from the 1960s to the 1990s. These records are evidence of Japanese citizens’ actions in solidarity with those fighting against oppression and discrimination in South Africa under the apartheid regime. In addition, they situate the experience of the Japanese movements within that of the international solidarity movement at the time.

In this seminar, archivists and curators from repositories of Anti-Apartheid Movements records in South Africa, Italy and Japan will speak about the history of their collections, how they affirm people’s solidarity and about the programmes to activate such records, followed by discussions with participants.

Event details

Date: 2024-02-23 (Fri) 
Time: Tokyo16:00-18:00, South Africa 9:00-11:00, Italy 8:00-10:00
Platform: Zoom
Languages: English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation
Registration: Registration for this event is now closed.
Host:Research Center for Cooperative Civil Societies, Rikkyo University
Co-host:Archives Hub, University of the Witwatersrand

Chiara Torcianti (Director, Reggio Emilia Municipality Archive Centre and of Historical Institute of Reggio Emilia (Istoreco) Research Papers)

Chiara Torcianti was born in Italy in 1982 and is an archivist and a researcher in History, but a cultural operator as well. In 2017, she was chosen as responsible for Reggio Africa Archives and then appointed as Director both of Reggio Emilia Municipality Archive Centre and of Historical Institute of Reggio Emilia (Istoreco) Research Papers in 2022. Her fields of interest range from public history and memory to global citizenship education, from African studies to archival sciences.

Caroline Wintein (Coordinator for the Art & Artefacts collections of the UWC-Robben Island Mayibuye Archives as well as the Robben Island site collections)
Caroline Wintein is currently the Coordinator for the Art & Artefacts collections of the UWC-Robben Island Mayibuye Archives as well as the Robben Island site collections. She pursued a Masters in Art History, Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Ghent, Belgium and completed a Teaching degree. A keen interest in the field of Heritage, Museums and Archives, led her to pursue a postgraduate in Museum Science at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. During the course of her working experience as curator, conservator and public programs coordinator in heritage institutions in Belgium, Ireland, Malta, and South Africa, Caroline developed specialized skills related to collections management and preservation. In addition, she is active in the mentoring and training of young heritage practitioners in the field of collections best practice.

Razia Saleh (Head, Archive and Research, Nelson Mandela Foundation)
Razia Saleh heads the Archive and Research department at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Before this,she was the archivist at the African National Congress (ANC), overseeing the arrangement and description of ANCarchives produced in exile. Razia has long worked in archives since she helped establish the South African HistoryArchive (SAHA) to archive the material produced by anti-apartheid organisations active within South Africa in the1980s. She has a Master’s degree in archival studies from the University of London and is a Board member of theAhmed Kathrada Foundation, established by the struggle stalwart. Kathrada was sentenced to life imprisonmentduring the Rivonia trial together with Nelson Mandela and others.

Izumi Hirano (Archivist, Research Center for Cooperative Civil Societies, Rikkyo University) 
Izumi Hirano is an “accidental” archivist whose life was changed by finding a part-time job organizing a grassroots movement’s records. Finding great joy in archival work, she pursued a Master's degree in Archival Science at the Gakushuin University and became an archivist at the Research Center for Cooperative Civil Societies at Rikkyo University in 2010. While her current focus at work is making legacy archival metadata compatible with ICA's descriptive standards, her real interest lies in finding fun ways to activate archives in collaboration with creators, researchers, students, and archivists of other institutions.

Noor Nieftagodien (Chair, History Workshop at the University of the Witwatersrand) 

Noor Nieftagodien holds the Chair in Local Histories, Present Realities at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), where he is also the director of the History Workshop. His interests center on aspects of popular insurgent struggles, public history, youth politics, and local history. He is currently investigating the history of the Congress of South African Students, the leading student organisation in the struggle against apartheid and heads the public history initiative, the Soweto History and Archives Project. Among his publications are: The Soweto Uprising; Alexandra - A History & Ekurhuleni – The Making of an Urban Region (co-authored with Phil Bonner); One Hundred Years of the ANC & Struggles in Southern Africa: New Perspectives on the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union, 1919-1949 (co-editor).


Mayibuye Archives

Nelson Mandela Foundation

Witwatersrand University, Historical Papers Research Archive


Research Center for Cooperative Civil Societies, Rikkyo University

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