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


The first fully fledged conference of the newly established Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa (DHASA) has been annouced. The NWU is proud to be a part of the launch of Digital Humanities in Southern Africa.

The DHASA 2017 Conference intends to bring together both National and Internationals scholars in the DH domain covering applicable topics in the Humanities and Social Sciences arenas.

The topics could focus on DH within the African and Southern African contexts, as well as on any topic related to methodological or computational aspects in DH.

The Conference takes place at one of the most prominent universities in Southern Africa, located within the picturesque Western Cape Province. It will attract high-level academic discussions and combine that with the collegial sharing of experiences and insights in the serene, beautiful town of Stellenbosch.

The activities include a two-day pre-conference program comprising of workshops and tutorials (17 & 18 January 2017), followed by two days (19 & 20 January 2017) of peer-reviewed oral and poster presentations. Due to limited space, conference attendance numbers cannot exceed 220 delegates. It is therefore important to respond as early as possible by registering for the event.

We look forward to the first official DHASA conference.

Visit the official DHASA site here

Visit the official DHASA conference site here




• Ask new research questions that have never been possible before due to a lack of accessible resources

• Create a network of potential new research resources from related or even different disciplines

• Make use of existing software to assist in the research process, or develop appropriate software

• Visualise the results of your research in new formats


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)

The increased availability of language based digital resources across disciplines, the growth of Big Data and access to different types of software (many open-sourced) open new dimensions for research in the humanities and social sciences. There are currently more than 400 tertiary institutions formally involved in Digital Humanities world wide. (see http://www.digitalhumanitiesnow.org)