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The inaugural conference of DHASA took place in Stellenbosch on 17-20 January 2017. Scholars affiliated with the international Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO) attended as keynotes and presenters. International guests from Stanford and Oxford University, National University of Singapore, University of Stuttgart, Germany and Edith Cowan University Australia as well as KU Leuven, University of Hamburg  

More than 30 presentations took place during the two-day conference and a total of 6 capacity building pre-conference workshops were presented also with more than 90 delegates present of which more than 10 were student delegates partly sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture.  

Diversity and interdisciplinary research is one of the core aspects and strengths of the Digital Humanities environment. Delegates from various fields attended the conference. Social Science, Libraries, Computer and Information Science, Digital Curation, Archives and Museums, Theatre, Design and Multimedia Studies, Literature, Linguistics, Visual Design, Theology, Language Technology, Creative writing, Writing Labs, Academic Literacy, to name a few.  

Delegates of the following institutions attended:

NWU, UCT, SUN, University of Fort Hare, University of Limpopo, Cedar College of Education, Unisa, TUT, Department of Arts and Culture, Rhodes, Oxford University Press, UKZN and UP.  

DHASA will work closely with the SADiLaR to establish and build capacity to make Digital Humanities as a "methodological commons".  

The exco of DHASA will be applying during 2017 to become a constituent organisation of ADHO which in turn will open up access to a wider international DH-community.

The official conference site can be found at