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.






Postgraduate student involvement as co-developers of sustainable OER
Our presentation will report on the co-development process of an Open Education Resource (OER) in Open Distance Learning (ODL). OER have many benefits for higher education, such as expanding access, cutting costs, and improving the quality of teaching and learning. However, the question remains how OER can be developed sustainably to support both teaching and learning? The role of Open Educational Resources (OER) has evolved significantly since its first use at a UNESCO workshop in 2002. The first generation of OER was characterised by the online availability of free lecture notes, with the primary focus on teaching, while the second generation of OER focused on self-instructional materials available for free use, with a primary focus on learning. In contrast, the third generation of OER marks the convergence of teaching and learning, where OER is developed collaboratively and shared freely. It is within this generation that our OER was envisaged.
As educators of a structured master's in Education program specialising in ODL, we collaborated with our students to create an OER using our lecture notes and student assignments. Although we previously used OERs and open texts, they were not contextualised and mainly from developed contexts. We aimed to create a contextually relevant OER accessible to students from diverse backgrounds. By creating contextually relevant OER, we hope to make education accessible to learners from different backgrounds. Through this collaborative effort, we created an OER that not only aligned with the curriculum but also catered to the diverse needs of our learners. We believe that the use of OER has the potential to revolutionise the way education is delivered, making it more accessible, affordable, and equitable for all.
The purpose of our presentation will be to report on the development process and reflections by the students. We documented the process to determine how students, with their different contexts, experiences as students, and subject and technical knowledge, could be a valuable resource for lecturers eager to develop OER collaboratively.
The research is part of the Digital Humanities Open Educational Resources Champions initiative of UNESCO, SADiLar, ESCALATOR, and the UNESCO Chair on Multimodal Learning and OER at Northwest University.
Speaker: Geesje van den Berg and Lebo Mudau




Barbara McGillivray

Publishing data papers in the humanities: my experience from the Journal of Open Humanities Data


17 May 2023


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


Thea Pitman and Janet C.E. Watson

CELCE: Playing Green Games: micha cárdenas’s Sin Sol / No Sun


25 January 2023


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


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


Gordon Matthew

Measuring the impact of subtitles on cognive load


14 September 2022


Sibonelo Dlamini

Cross-lingual transfer learning


17 August 2022


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



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


Amanda du Preez

Thinking Through Images: Approaching Aby Warburg and the Digital Arts and Humanities


4 May 2022



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



Peter van Kranenburg

Computational Modelling in Musicology: The case of Medieval Chant


19 January 2022



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




Karien van den Berg

Towards valid linguistic measurement: what digital humanities can bring to the forensic linguistic table and vice versa

13 October 2021



Marissa Griesel

Creating linguistic resources for use in digital humanities: notes from one proudly South African adventure


15 September 2021


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


Iris Hendrickx


Getting to know people by automatic text analysis of talks and tweets


9 June 2021


Tunde Opeibi


Digital Humanities and African Scholarship: Exploring Opportunities, Embracing Challenges


19 May 2021


Barbara Bordalejo


A Historical Perspective on Digital Editions


14 April 2021

Viktor Schlegel


Deep learning for natural language processing


17 March 2021


Rachel Hendery (Western Sydney University)

Digital Humanities approaches to digitising, repatriating and exploring an historical Australian colonial archive 


17 February 2021


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