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ESAT is a wiki site also known as the Encyclopaedia of South African Theatre, Film, Media and Performance. ESAT was conceived as an interactive resource for researchers interested in the evolution, history, and forms of performance and media in South Africa. ESAT is based on research originally undertaken by the Centre for South African Theatre Research, under the auspices of, and with the support of, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) between 1979 and 1987. In 1988, the research was transferred to, and continued at, the University of Stellenbosch by the Centre for Theatre and Performance Studies, with the support of the University's Division for Research Development, the former Centre for Science Development (CSD), and the National Research Foundation (NRF). The website was opened for public use in 2011.
The project is currently headed by Temple Hauptfleisch (founder, editor, and project director of the undertaking), with Freddy Ogterop, Ivor Markman, and Miriam Terblanche as assistant editors, while numerous contributors across the globe have helped in collating and writing the information since its first inception. It is published on the web with the assistance of the Drama Department (https://www.Sun.ac.za/drama) and its former Centre for Theatre and Performance Studies, the J.S. Gericke Library, and the division for Information Technology at the University of Stellenbosch (https://www.Sun.ac.za/index.asp). The format of the work thus derives from the format used for the University of Stellenbosch's Libopedia project, and uses the same wiki format and programmes.
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