Sammlung HC-CK - Hoffmann Collection of Cultural Knowledge

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Hoffmann Collection of Cultural Knowledge




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The project on the Hoffmann Collection was initiated in 2010 by Dr. Annekie Joubert from the Seminar for African Studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Germany. A combined team under leadership of Dr. Joubert, and researchers from the University of Pretoria (Prof. Lizé Kriel and Ms. Klaudia Ringelmann); the University of South Africa (Prof. Inge Kosch and Prof. Gerrie Grobler); as well as Mr. Sam Moifatswane (formerly from the Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History, Pretoria) worked on the Hoffmann Collection of Cultural Knowledge (HC-CK) since 2010. The knowledge and insight resulting from this collaboration have become central to our understanding of the unrivalled collection of cultural knowledge in the form of narrations and images from within the orbit of Hoffmann’s mission field. This material is still scattered in various institutions in Germany and South Africa today. Our scientific goal is to provide vital tools for entry into the Hoffmann Collection. This we try to achieve through the publication of a book: Ethnography from the mission field: The Hoffmann Collection of Cultural Knowledge; supplemented by a film: A Journey into the life of a mission ethnographer; and this comprehensive database: The Hoffmann Collection of Cultural Knowledge (HC-CK). Of vital importance to us is also to create the ability to connect our published re-worked material digitally to the variety of original material in the different archives. We seek to broach new territory in some significant way by establishing an immediate and effortless way of referencing between our published book and the original material. This view influenced our decision to opt for open access to prospective users.

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The digital database (HC-CK) is an amalgamation of digital scans, images and video footage relating to missionary Carl Hoffmann’s work and life on various mission stations. The information has been gathered from several institutions, personal collections and field research excursions. These include: the Berliner Missions Archiv, Berliner Missions Bibliothek, Zweigbibliothek Afrikawissenschaften (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), the Unisa Library Archive in Pretoria, the State Archives in Pretoria, the personal collection of Martin and Albert Neitz (grandchildren of Carl Hoffmann) as well as field research data collected by Dr. Annekie Joubert in Poland, Germany and South Africa. The top priority of this project is to recognize the Hoffmann Collection of Cultural Knowledge as a national treasure and to safeguard it not only for scientific use, but also for the people of South Africa. With the database, the project further envisages the dissemination of this collection of threatened resources through new technology such as filming and digitisation, and to make it more accessible through the bilateral exchange of the material in digital format between Germany and South Africa. As researchers, we hope that the outcomes of this research project (book publication, documentary film, database) will open new perspectives on Northern Sotho linguistics, oral literature, cultural heritage, mission history and visual arts embedded in historiography.

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Joubert, et. al. 2015. The Hoffmann Collection of Cultural Knowledge. DOI: 10.17172/MR/22.

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