Unit for Languages and Literature in the South African Context - Digital Humanities Workshop


First South African Workshop on Digital Humanities

North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa

23 – 25 February 2015

This three-day workshop will be the first of its kind in the South African context focusing on exciting new challenges within the domain of Digital Humanities (DH). The availability of digital resources and applicable user-friendly software opens new horisons to researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) to approach scientific problems in ways that have never been possible before. The growth of DH globally is clearly manifested by the number of academic departments and institutes that have been established over the last two decades on different continents.

Digital Humanities has been characterised as

 “...the fourth information age in the history of humanity...

“The digital age—(...)—has brought about a transformational moment that far exceeds the oft-compared revolution caused by the invention of the printing press due to the nearly limitless possibilities for the creation, analysis, and dissemination of knowledge.”

“Digital Humanities interprets the cultural and social impact of new media and information technologies—the fundamental components of the new information age—as well as creates and applies these technologies to answer cultural, social, historical, and philological questions, both those traditionally conceived and those only enabled by new technologies”  http://www.cdh.ucla.edu/about/what-is.html

This workshop, which will be free, is intended to

  • inform scholars and researchers on the scope and possibilities within DH based research;
  • provide hands on experience on the planning and implementation of DH based research projects;
  • discuss the possible establishment of a South African Digital Humanities Association.

As will be seen in the program, some of the world’s foremost scholars in the domain of DH have agreed to present plenary lectures as well as tutorials at this inaugural workshop on DH in South Africa. This is an event that should not be missed.

Apart from a welcome reception on Monday evening 23 February 2015, participants will be responsible for their own accommodation and lunches; an on-campus cafeteria is available with several restaurants within walking distance from the venues.