Niklas Zimmer

Manager: Digital Library Services

Cape Town, SA

I hold an MA(FA) and a BA(Hons) from the University of Cape Town, as well as a BA in education from the University of Cologne. My research MA on South African Jazz photography drew critical reflections on Fine Arts, Social history and Music. Before my employment at UCT Libraries in 2015, I worked as the digitisation manager at the Centre for Popular Memory (UCT), as an art teacher, heading the Visual Arts Department at the German International School Cape Town, and as an archivist at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany. I have maintained a richly diverse freelance career, including lecturing in theory and discourse of art and critical studies, giving workshops in video, sound and photography, as well as writing reviews, exhibiting my photographic art and performing music. I am part of the AfricArxiv team, a non-profit platform for African scientists to share their working papers, preprints, post-prints, and published papers.


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  • Niklas Zimmer (2015) Percival Kirby’s wax cylinders: elegy on archiving a deaf spot, Social Dynamics, 41:1, 101-123, DOI: 10.1080/02533952.2014.988931
  • Peters, D., Brenzinger, M., Meyer, R., Noble, A., & Zimmer, N. (2015). The digital library in the re-inscription of African cultural heritage. IFLA Journal, 41(3), 204–210.

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