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Mali Photo Archive Workshop

11 August on Africa, Announcements

Heida Shoemaker, a professional art conservator specializing in art on paper and photographs, participated in a 3-day workshop at Matrix focusing on the preservation of photographic negatives. The workshop was convened as part of the Archive of Malian Photography (AMP), […]


Announcing Phase Two of The Gorée Island Archaeological Digital Repository

22 January on Africa, Announcements, Archaeology, Digital Archaeology, Multimedia & Digital Archives

Matrix is thrilled to announce that phase two is under way in The Gorée Island Archaeological Digital Repository. The Gorée Island Archaeological Digital Repository seeks to create virtual 3D representations of cultural heritage materials excavated from archaeological sites in and around […]


Matrix Partners with African Studies Center to Produce Weekly Seminar Series, “Eye on Africa”

29 October on Africa, Announcements

Matrix is pleased to announce the debut of the seminar series, “Eye on Africa” with the African Studies Center at Michigan State University. The African Studies Center at Michigan State is a National Resource Center focused on research, teaching and […]


The Complexities of Piracy in Somalia: Africa Past and Present Episode 74

20 May on Africa, Podcast

Episode 74 of Africa Past & Present was released on May 14.  Special guest is Prof. Abdi Samatar, Professor of Geography at the University of Minnesota and current President of the African Studies Association (ASA) in the United States. During […]


MATRIX Recognized for Commitment to African Scholarship and Development

15 April on Africa, Announcements

In an article released by MSU Alumni Magazine, MATRIX was recognized for its role in building and maintaining Michigan State University’s long-standing connection with Africa. Michigan State University is internationally recognized for its ongoing partnership with African institutions to solve […]

Hamba Kahle, Phyllis Naidoo (1928-2013) – Heroine of the South African Struggle

18 March on Africa

By David Wiley and Christine Root The world is a poorer place with the loss in February of Phyllis Naidoo, a defender of humanity, a protector of people in the midst of apartheid oppression, and a loving and responsive humanist […]

MATRIX Travels to Senegal to Train Students in 3D Digital Preservation and Dissemination of Archaeological Artifacts

14 January on Africa, Archaeology, Digital Archaeology, Digitization, Grants

In late December of 2012, MATRIX Director Dean Rehberger and Audio-Visual Lab Consultant Mike Green traveled to Senegal at part of a Smithsonian-funded pilot project that focused on creating 3D, digital representations of cultural heritage artifacts from the Gorée  Island […]


New Episode of Africa Past & Present Released

01 November on Africa, Podcast, Project Highlights

Episode 67 of Africa Past & Present was released earlier this week. This episode featured Dr. Sifiso Ndlovu from the South African Democracy Education Trust (SADET)—a group of researchers tasked with documenting South Africa’s journey to democracy (read more about […]


In Memoriam: Zwelakhe Sisulu

16 October on Africa, Digitization, Multimedia & Digital Archives

MATRIX would like to take time at the beginning of this week to mourn and reflect on the recent passing of Zwelakhe Sisulu, a dedicated South African journalist, businessman, and activist. Son of ANC stalwart Walter Sisulu (Nelson Mandela’s friend […]

The African Oral Narratives Project is Helping Record Forgotten Voices

08 June on Africa, Multimedia & Digital Archives, Oral History

It isn’t likely that a lot of us will ever get to personally meet Samuel Mahoko (photo at right), a displaced farm laborer from Rammolutsi, a poor community in northeastern South Africa. But while we will probably never have the […]