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Newsletter July 2020

As a valued DHASA member and previous attendee of DH conferences and workshops, we want to thank you for your continued support and want to bring the following opportunities to your attention.

DH2020 Virtual Conference Free registration and extension of existing 2019 membership

The year 2020 has been difficult and we hope that you have been safe during these challenging times. As you may have seen, the yearly ADHO 2020 Conference has been cancelled and will now take place in a virtual format. As DHASA exco we have decided to extend all existing memberships for 2020 at no cost to our members to allow all current DHASA members to register for the DH2020 Virtual conference for free. This can be done by following this link https://www.conftool.pro/dh2020/

Free student membership: We will also allow bona fide students from Southern Africa to claim free DHASA membership for 2020 by following this link.

Existing members will receive confirmation of their membership by Monday 13 July 2020.

Registration for the conference will close on 19 July 2020


DH Africa Forum - Building new global DH communities: Africa and beyond 

We also want to bring to your attention a forum https://dhafrica.blog/africa-forum-at-dh2020/ which will take place on 24 July 2020 at 14h00 which will focus on how to make DH in Africa more inclusive and remove barriers to access while ensuring the ethical use and access to data by communities and other stakeholders. The forum will consider the following questions:

  • What can be done to increase the participation of scholars of the DH community, and what can be done to ensure continuity of collaborations initiated during major DH events, such as DH2019?
  • What were the main barriers/are there still barriers to overcome to become a part of the DH community? How can these be removed?
  • How can we make DH for Africa and broader more inclusive by engaging with communities on their terms?
  • Open data and ethics: perennial problem associated with digital data, but what can be done to minimize the negative effects of open data?
  • What more can we do to make the different stakeholders, such as language communities, benefit from the huge amount of digital data that has been produced for African and other languages?

You are able to share your thoughts on these by registering for the forum here.

You will be able to follow our twitter account @DigitalHumASA for updated information about the DH2020 Virtual conference.


ADHO is seeking nominations for Executive Board and several committees

The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) seeks nominations for committed individuals who would like to actively help further DH in all its breadth and diversity on a global scale for the following positions:

  • ADHO Executive Board Secretary
  • ADHO Admissions Committee Chair
  • ADHO Multilingualism/Multiculturalism Committee (MLMC) Chair

ADHO is governed by two boards: a Constituent Organization Board (COB) and an Executive Board (EB); all of these positions have a relationship to both Boards and include highly visible and necessary responsibilities for ADHO’s work internationally. If you’re interested in helping ADHO and the worldwide DH community become a more transparent, inclusive, and beneficial home for the many organizations and individuals that make up our community, then please consider becoming a candidate for one of these volunteer offices.

Terms will commence after the 2020 Digital Humanities Conference and will last for three years, ending after the DH conference in 2023. A description of the roles is below. All members of ADHO Constituent Organizations (COs) and Associate Organizations (AOs), listed below, are eligible.

Please nominate yourself or someone else for these roles by 19 July 2020 by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If self-nominating, please send a brief statement of your expertise and motivation as well as a brief CV (2 pages). If you are nominating someone else, the ADHO Executive Board will contact them for the relevant materials.


DHASA Bursaries and Workshop Grants

As noted during the DHASA AGM of 2019 DHASA will be making available a limited number of postgraduate bursaries. These bursaries will be limited to bona fide postgraduate students in the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as Information and Computer Science. Students at Honours level are encouraged to apply. For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to follow up on a previous enquiry.

DHASA will also make available micro-grants for running DH related workshops across Southern Africa for more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Newsletter September 2018

This newsletter provides some insights regarding recent and upcoming DHASA activities as well as the Call for Abstracts for DHASA 2019.

 

DHASA 2019 Call for Abstracts

2nd International DHASA Conference 2019
25 - 29 March 2019
First Call for Abstracts -

As an inaugural member of DHASA and interested reader. It is our pleasure to invite you to the 2nd International Digital Humanities Association of Southern African Conference hosted at the University of Pretoria.
Pre-conference workshops and training will take place from 25 - 27 March and with conference proceedings taking place on 28 and 29 March 2019. Read more...


Membership - Secure online processing available

New membership options are available at digitalhumanities.org.za. If you have any questions you can get in touch via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Recent news and events

This event involved more than 120 participants from 24 of the 26 public universities in South Africa. The event was co-organised by the Rural Campus Connectivity Project 2 and by the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources.

UCT Libraries was the venue for the workshop Digital Humanities - Pedagogy and Practices in the Library Environment organised by South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR), and presented by Dr Miriam Peña Pimentel, from the Institute of Bibliographic Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)Read more...

During the 2018 International Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations conference in Mexico City DHASA received full Constituent Organisation status within ADHO.


Upcoming events

  • GROBID - Dictionaries Workshop

The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources is organising three workshops on the use of GROBID-Dictionaries, a machine learning infrastructure for creating structured lexicographic data from digitised dictionaries. More information on the workshop content is provided below. The three workshops will be held at the following locations:

To register for the workshop, please click on the link above for the location where you would like to attend and complete registration by 28 September 2018.
 

Following broadly defined and multi‐purpose transdisciplinary approaches to areal studies, the African Studies Research Center, Kisii is holding its first international conference focusing on four largely circumscribed thematic research areas under the theme of “Recovering, digitizing and practicalizing Africa Indigenous Knowledge”. Read more...


Getting involved

If you would like to get more information on Digital Humanities related activities in your field or get involved with DH workshops get in touch by contactingThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


Newsletter February 2018

This newsletter provides some insights into the of activities planned for 2018 and a brief overview of the year that was.

Digital Humanities 2017 Montreal Canada Landscape photo of Montreal

DHASA now has Observer Status within ADHO

During the DH2017 International Conference Co-organised by McGill University and the Université de Montréal DHASA admitted as a new Constituent Organisation with Observer status within ADHO. Read more.


2018 Workshops 

DHASA will host two national workshops during 2018. The first workshop will take place in the Eastern Cape and the Second workshop within the Limpopo region. DHASA is committed to being inclusive and to provide opportunities for Networking and Capacity building as part of these regional workshops. Themes for these workshops to be announced end February.


Funding opportunity

The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources has issued a call for proposals to further enable and stimulate research within its Digital Humanities and Digitisation programmes. Read more  


Getting involved

If you would like to get more information on Digital Humanities related activities in your field or get involved with DH workshops get in touch by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.