Book Discussion: Lost Libraries, Burnt Archives

What surfaces when a library is burnt, an archive lost? What emerges from the ashes and ruins? The recently published creative book Lost Libraries, Burnt Archives is a response to the tragic fire at the Jagger Library at the University of Cape Town in April 2021 and brought together a group of artists, poets, photographers, writers and scholars who collectively engaged with the significance of the event as well as broader questions pertaining to the loss of archives and the future of knowledge production practices for African Studies. Sindi-Leigh McBride, Julia Rensing and Koleka Putuma discuss the book’s development process, core themes and questions. The event is also the finissage of the exhibition «Deal with it. African Heritage in Basel» and will be held in English.

Universitätsbibliothek Basel (Vortragsaal, 1. OG) Schönbeinstrasse 18–20, 4053 Basel