Unit for Languages and Literature in the South African Context
The Research Unit has embarked on a strategic initiative to promote the introduction of Digital Humanities (DH) not only
as a strategy to create an innovative space linking the sub-programs within the Unit but also
to enable the Faculty of Arts (as well as other Faculties e.g. Educational Sciences, Theology, Social Sciences as well as the Ferdinand Postma Library and possibly Academic Support Services) to implement state of the art approaches in knowledge production and management
in order eventually to establish a Centre for Digital Humanities in South African aligning it with established international trends supporting knowledge creation as a distributed activity in digital environments.
In essence, Digital Humanities (DH)
“(....) form a bridge between the traditional practices of research and the opportunities afforded by technology, providing scholars with new ways of looking at old problems, and the methods, tools and frameworks to support them in novel avenues of enquiry.” (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/ddh/about/index.aspx)
“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
The growing importance and impact of DH are clearly demonstrated by
the establishment of Digital Humanities Centres at prominent universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, University College London, King’s College London, Sheffield, Leeds, Amsterdam, Leuven, Antwerp, Ghent, Göttingen, Berlin, UCLA, Alberta, McGill, Brock, Victoria, Western Australia, Canterbury New Zealand, Taiwan etc
research and training programs e.g. MA/MSc, PhD programs and short courses in DH at, for instance, the University College of London (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/ddh/about/index.aspx)
the formation and functioning of international associations and networks, cf.
the vast number of activities related to international conferences and workshops and training sessions
Digital Humanities Summer Institute, University of Victoria, Canada, 2-6 June 2014 http://dhsi.org/index.php in association with DH Training Network: DH@Oxford (14-18 July 2014), DH@Leipzig (22 July - 2 August 2014), HILT (4-8 August 2014; formerly DHWI), DH@Switzerland (26-29 June 2013), EDIROM DH (8-12 September 2014), and the training groups at IDE and Northeastern are working together as a network of DH training institutes. Please see our partners' offerings!
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presence of international journals and publications
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Special Interest Group (SIG)
A DH SIG has been formed meeting once a week to discuss and demonstrate applications in the field of DH.
A special web-page is under construction to disseminate activities of this group and to invite national and international guests to join the discussions.
A national DH workshop in Potchefstroom is being planned for early in 2015. (For details contact the Director of the Research Unit: firstname.lastname@example.org )