Archives and Democracy Session | October 7 | IFAS

On October 7th, the French Institute of South Africa will organise an in-person session on Archives and Democracy in South Africa, in the framework of the “Paths to Democracy” Forum.

The session, divided into two panels, will discuss the links between archives and democracy, especially the problem of free access to public records in democratic societies.

The first panel will focus on the question of accessibility and will host Noor Nieftagodien (Professor of History at Wits University), Hennie Van Vuuren (Director of Open Secrets) and Sello Hatang (Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation).

A second panel will accommodate Linda Chernis (Archive Coordinator at GALA Queer Archives) and Delphine Wibaux (Delegate of European and International Affairs at INA) for a conversation about the challenge of preserving and making ‘sensitive’ archives available to the public.

The session will take place at the French Institute, 62 Juta Street, Braamfontein. The access is free and open to all, but prior registration is required. Register here.