Kirsten Rüther is professor of African History and Societies at the Department of African Studies at the University of Vienna.
She has worked extensively on issues of mission and colonialism but also, more recently, developed a keen interest in late colonial housing policies.
Currently she is editing a book on housing policies and also preparing a manuscript about the (hi)story of a mission-derived German-South African Indian-Coloured-Pedi family.
These different research endeavours have taken her into a variety of archives. She has worked in mission archives of Lutheran and Moravian mission societies (Hermannsburg, Berlin, Herrnhut) as well as in state archives (Pretoria, Lusaka, Hannover), but also ventured into encounters with private collections and oral history archives at universities and family archives people's homes.
Over the years Kirsten has come to interrogate more systematically the nature of archives and the ways in which institutional settings bear on our interpretations of the materials retrieved in archives.
Prof. Rüther is invited by VID’s research group Mission and Diakonia Historical Research.
Her lecture on March 26th is open to employees, students and others who are interested in archives.
For those interested, do not miss out on the national conference on archives March 25th the same place.
You are all most welcome!