From 5 April to 5 May 2018, Chrischené Julius will be a fellow at the Basel Graduate School of History. She is a South African historian and the Head of the Collections, Research and Documentation Department of the District Six Museum in Cape Town. The District Six Museum has since its foundation in 1994 conducted extensive oral history research for its exhibitions and archive about experiences of District Six and forced removals in Cape Town. It has developed an interdisciplinary and multi-genre approach to historical research and collaborates regularly with academic historians, artists, community organisations and youth groups. Chrischené Julius has managed and conducted interviews for various oral history projects of the District Six Museum. Her current research focuses on how oral history intersects with the functioning of the Museum as a public space which not only reproduces historical narratives but also actively produces them.
During her stay, she will hold a Workshop on Oral History as an instrument of Historical Research (12-13.04.2018) and a Workshop on Public History and Memory (26-27.04.2018). She will also speak on 27.04.2018 on The Evolution of Nostalgia in a Community Museum: Uncovering the Past Through Memory and Oral History. She is available for meetings with doctoral students interested in oral history approaches, memory, museum work, and the history of the museum: Chrischene@districtsix.co.za