| FYI will foster working relationships across related disciplines in order to re-interrogate and generate a more comprehensive understanding of the last 500 years.
Provide a framework for cross-disciplinary engagement
Carry out an audit of knowledge presently residing in different disciplines in order to, amongst other things:
1. Identify geographic or theoretical gaps that require urgent redress.
2. Locate information, especially ethnographic and oral, for translation and dissemination.
3. Identify archival material under threat and actively facilitate its conservation.
Promote the emergence of new articulations between disciplines, methodologies and sources;
Foster postgraduate training to encourage a new generation of researchers.
Pursue focussed investigations in the following areas:
1 The Mpumalanga Koni-Pedi area;
2 The Northern Nguni (Ndwandwe/Swazi/Tsonga);
3 The Northern Frontier;
4 Tswana political centralisation in eh Rustenburg and Zeerust area;
5 Mission Stations;
6 Translation of missionary documents and collections of oral traditions