Refiguring the Archive

  • Editors
  • Carolyn Hamilton
  • Verne Harris
  • Jane Taylor
  • Michele Pickover
  • Graeme Reid
  • Razia Saleh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-6
  2. Carolyn Hamilton, Verne Harris, Graeme Reid
    Pages 7-18
  3. Achille Mbembe
    Pages 19-27
  4. Bhekizizwe Peterson
    Pages 29-37
  5. Jacques Derrida
    Pages 38-38
  6. Patricia Hayes, Jeremy Silvester, Wolfram Hartmann
    Pages 103-134
  7. Himla Soodyall, Bharti Morar, Trefor Jenkins
    Pages 179-192
  8. Phaswane Mpe
    Pages 229-242
  9. Jane Taylor
    Pages 243-282
  10. Ronald Suresh Roberts
    Pages 301-322
  11. Martin Hall
    Pages 333-361
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 362-368

About this book


Refiguring the Archive at once expresses cutting-edge debates on `the archive' in South Africa and internationally, and pushes the boundaries of those debates. It brings together prominent thinkers from a range of disciplines, mainly South Africans but a number from other countries. Traditionally archives have been seen as preserving memory and as holding the past. The contributors to this book question this orthodoxy, unfolding the ways in which archives construct, sanctify, and bury pasts. In his contribution, Jacques Derrida (an instantly recognisable name in intellectual discourse worldwide) shows how remembering can never be separated from forgetting, and argues that the archive is about the future rather than the past. Collectively the contributors demonstrate the degree to which thinking about archives is embracing new realities and new possibilities. The book expresses a confidence in claiming for archival discourse previously unentered terrains. It serves as an early manual for a time that has already begun.


Archiv Transition politics preservation

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3926-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0570-8
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