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

Abridged Programme 

Day 1  -  Day 2  -  Day 3


Day 1:     23 February 2015

The nature and scope of Digital Humanities

[Venue: Senate Hall, J van Rooy Building, Hoffman Street]

8:00 – 9:00    Registration

9:00 – 9:15    Welcome: Vice-Chancellor of the NWU Prof Dan Kgwadi

9:15 – 10:30  Prof Ray Siemens, Research Chair in Humanities Computing and Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria, Canada

Digital Humanities: a Global Perspective

Tea / Coffee break

11:00-12:15  Prof Jan Rybicki, Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Studies, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

Visualizing Literature: Trees, Maps and Networks

LUNCH BREAK (No lunch provided)

14:00-15:15 Prof Harold Short, Dept of Digital Humanities King’s College London and Visiting Professor University of Western Sydney, Australia

New Approaches to Person and Place:

The convergence between prosopography, biography and family history

Tea / Coffee break

15:45-17:00  Prof Justus Roux, former Director: Research Unit for Languages and Literature in the South African Context, North-West University, Potchefstroom.

Digital Humanities: a Local Perspective

17:00-17:45  General discussion

South African Association for Digital Humanities?

18:45:  Welcome reception [Venue to be announced]



Day 2:    24 February 2015

TUTORIALS:  Digital Humanities PRACTICE[1]

Specialised sessions in, respectively, languages and social sciences, focusing, inter alia, on the use of dedicated software tools.


  • Please register on the website which tutorial you would like to attend before or on Wednesday February 18, 2015 as places are restricted.
  • Please bring your own laptop if possible.
  • See specific references for preparations as indicated below.


9:00 – 13:00 / 14:30 – 16:30  (Full –day)

Practical DH with Python: Texts and Systems

Presenter: Prof Dafydd Gibbon, University of Bielefeld, Germany



9:00 – 13:00 (Half–day)

STYLO: A package for stylometric analyses

Presenter: Prof Jan Rybicki, Jagiellonian University, Poland



9:00 – 13:00 / 14:30 – 16:30  (Full –day)


Presenters:   Prof Brigitte Smit (UNISA) (9:00-13:00)

Computer assisted qualitative data analysis software: An introduction to Atlas.ti

Dr Liesl van der Merwe (NWU) (14:30-16:30)

Applications of ATLAS.ti in music research



Day 3:         25 February 2015

COLLABORATIVE Digital Humanities

8:30-9:45  Dr Lynne Siemens, University of Victoria, Canada

Social Science Approaches and DH

Tea / Coffee break

10:00-11:15 Prof Harold Short, Kings College London and University of West Sydney, Australia

Institutional Support for Digital Scholarship in the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

11:30-12:45  Panel discussion:

Prospects and proposals for the development of DH in South Africa with international collaboration.

12:50  Closing session

LUNCH BREAK (No lunch provided)

14:30-16:00  Consultation session: Experts and individuals/groups on specific project possibilities.


[1]   Venues to be announced.