Niklas Zimmer

Manager: Digital Library Services (Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified, Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy, Organisation of Information and Knowledge Resources)

Cape Town, SA

I hold an MA(FA) and a BA(Hons) from University of Cape Town, as well as a BA in education from 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 as manager of the Digital Library Services department, I worked as 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 at tertiary institutions in Cape Town and Stellenbosch, giving workshops in video, sound and photography, as well as writing reviews, exhibiting my photographic art. I am a research associate at Africa Open Institute for Music, Research and Innovation at Stellenbosch University.


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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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