DH Colloquiums

SADiLaR organizes monthly Digital Humanities colloquia. These typically take place on Wednesdays (in the middle of the month) from 10:00 to 11:00 SAST. During these DH colloquia a wide variety of topics are discussed, mostly on content related to Digital Humanities, sometimes focusing more on the techniques or methodologies used, sometimes focusing more on the applications or application areas.

The DH colloquia are part of Escalator’s Explorer track. You can find more information on Escalator here: https://escalator.sadilar.org/, on Escalator’s championship programme here: https://escalator.sadilar.org/champions/overview/, and on the Explorer track within Escalator’s championship programme here: https://escalator.sadilar.org/champions/explorer/. Also check out the other tracks within the Escalator championship programme as there may be tracks directly related to your interests. If you want to be a member of the Digital Humanities community, you may also want to consider joining the DHCSSza Slack. This page will provide more information on how to join (this is also free): https://escalator.sadilar.org/connect/.

If you have suggestions for speakers at the DH colloquium (or if you want to speak yourself), or if you want to provide feedback, please do not hesitate to contact Prof Menno van Zaanen: menno.vanzaanen@nwu.ac.za.

Data in healthcare: efforts digitisation and digitalisation
This talk will broadly discuss my experience around data access in the healthcare sector and the importance of collaboration, digitisation and digitalisation in the efforts to improve health outcomes. The discussion will centre around an ongoing project in which digital data is extracted from paper records to help develop a database with peri-operative and outcomes data that can be used to test and train prediction models. 
Speaker: Hanél Duvenage




Phillip Ströbel
Innovating Historical Scholarship: The Bullinger Digital Project

31 January 2024


Burgert Senekal
Network Science and the Digital Humanities: Applications, opportunities and challenges for interdisciplinary research in a South African context

15 November 2023


Inge van de Ven
Change my view? a Digital-Hermeneutics Approach to Dialogism in Online Culture

13 September 2023


Amandla Ngwendu and Jacques De Wet
Building the IsiXhosa Intellectual Traditions Digital Archive: Challenges & Solutions

19 July 2023


Karolina Rudnicka
Can Grammarly and ChatGPT accelerate language change? AI-powered technologies and their impact on the English language: wordiness vs. conciseness

16 August 2023


Geesje van den Berg and Lebo Mudau Postgraduate student involvement as co-developers of sustainable OER

14 June 2023



Barbara McGillivray
Publishing data papers in the humanities: my experience from the Journal of Open Humanities Data
17 May 2023 Presentation
Imke van Heerden
Making Strange: Co-Creating Afrikaans Poetry with a Boutique Language Model
12 April 2023
Hiwa Asadpour and Arash Amani
An NLP method in the corpus analysis of Central Kurdish definiteness marker
15 March 2023
Elsabé Taljard, Danie Prinsloo, and Michelle Goosen
Creating electronic resources for African languages: challenges and opportunities
15 February 2023 Presentation
Thea Pitman and Janet C.E. Watson
CELCE: Playing Green Games: micha cárdenas’s Sin Sol / No Sun
25 January 2023 Presentation
Annemi Conradie
How to hang paintings on digital walls: processes and challenges of translating a physical art exhibition into a virtual showcase on the Kunstmatrix platform
16 November 2022 Presentation
Yliana Rodríguez and Luis Chiruzzo Considering language varieties and language contact in Natural Language Processing and Machine Translation: the case of Guarani
12 October 2022 Presentation
Gordon Matthew Measuring the impact of subtitles on cognive load
14 September 2022 Presentation
Sibonelo Dlamini Cross-lingual transfer learning
17 August 2022 Presentation
Anelda van der Walt and Anne Treasure The ESCALATOR programme – a big vision for growing digital and computational skills and community in Humanities & Social Sciences
20 July 2022 Presentation
Franziska Pannach A short introduction to Digital Folkloristics
15 June 2022
Maria Keet Natural Language Generation for Agglutinating African Languages – A brief overview
18 May 2022 Presentation
Amanda du Preez Thinking Through Images: Approaching Aby Warburg and the Digital Arts and Humanities
4 May 2022 Presentation
Emmanuel Ngué Um When Ideologies we live by stand at odds with Digital Humanities collaboration
16 March 2022
Vanessa McBride Big data, astronomy for development, and cross disciplinary collaboration
16 February 2022 Presentation
Peter van Kranenburg Computational Modelling in Musicology: The case of Medieval Chant
19 January 2022 Presentation
Martin Benjamin Towards valid linguistic measurement: The Kam4D Linguistic Knowledge Graph: Putting Smurfs, Ducks, Lemurs, and Party Terms to the Service of African Languages
17 November 2021 Presentation
Karien van den Berg Towards valid linguistic measurement: what digital humanities can bring to the forensic linguistic table and vice versa
13 October 2021 Presentation
Marissa Griesel Creating linguistic resources for use in digital humanities: notes from one proudly South African adventure
15 September 2021 Presentation
Lizabé Lambrechts Digital humanities and the archive: Looking at the challenges of taking the Hidden Years Music Archive online
11 August 2021
Vanessa Joosen Constructing Age for Young Readers – A Digital Approach
14 July 2021 Presentation
Iris Hendrickx Getting to know people by automatic text analysis of talks and tweets
9 June 2021 Presentation
Tunde Opeibi Digital Humanities and African Scholarship: Exploring Opportunities, Embracing Challenges
19 May 2021 Presentation
Barbara Bordalejo A Historical Perspective on Digital Editions
14 April 2021
Viktor Schlegel Deep learning for natural language processing
17 March 2021 Presentation
Rachel Hendery (Western Sydney University) Digital Humanities approaches to digitising, repatriating and exploring an historical Australian colonial archive 
17 February 2021 Presentation
Umamaheswara Rao Garapati (University of Hyderabad, India) Language Technology, a Bridge Spanning the Linguistic Divergence
20 January 2021
Ayodele James Akinola
Resources, scholarship and DH practice: Reflections on resilience and coping strategies of an African scholar
Martin Bekker (University of Johannesburg, Computational Social Science) Everything I knew about protests was wrong
21 October 2020 Presentation