Conference Programme

We will make the full proceedings of DHASA2021 available shortly. The book of abstract for the conference can be downloaded as a PDF here

Nov. 29

08:30-13:00 2nd workshop on Resources for African Indigenous Language (RAIL)
Chair: Benito Trollip


08:30 – 08:40 Opening and Welcoming Mmasibidi Setaka

08:40 – 09:00 Tanja Gaustad, Martin J. Puttkammer: Development of linguistically annotated parallel language resources for four South African languages

09:00 – 09:20 Malebogo Thabong, Nina Lewin, Taariq Surtee: New uses for old books: Description of digitised corpora based Setswana language collection at WITS Cullen Africana Collection

09:20 – 09:40 Roné Wierenga, Wannie Carstens: Digitising Afrikaans: Establishing a protocol for digitalizing historical sources for Early Afrikaans (1675-1925) as apossible template for indigenous South African languages

09:40 – 10:00 Jaco Badenhorst, Febe de Wet: Investigating the feasibility of harvesting broadcast speech data to develop resources for South African languages

10:00 – 10:20 Imelda Udoh, Moses Ekpenyong, Eno-Abasi Urua, Harrison Adeniyi, Gregory Obiamalu, Ayo Yusuff, Ogbonna Anyanwu, Ebitare Obikudo: A novel method for redefining language ecology and endangerment in Nigeria – towards a geospatial solution

10:20 – 10:25 Masakhane Lacuna Fund Expression of Interest for projects & data sets in African Languages

10:25 – 10:30 Carpentries session

10:30 – 11:00 BREAK

11:00 – 11:20 Benson Muite: An Open Source System for Crowd Sourcing an African Language Short Story Corpus

11:20 – 11:40 Mack Makgatho, Vukosi Marivate, Tshephisho Sefara, Valencia Wagner: Training Cross-Lingual embeddings for Setswana and Sepedi

11:40 – 12:00 Rooweither Mabuya: Wordsmith Tools as an Enabler for Text Analysis

12:00 – 12:20 Jakobus S. du Toit, Martin J. Puttkammer: Canonical Segmentation and Syntactic Morpheme Tagging of Four Resource scarce Nguni Languages

12:20 – 12:40 Respect Mlambo, Muzi Matfunjwa: Using MonoConc Pro to teach and learn lexical collocations in Xitsonga

12:40 – 13:00 Closing

13:00-14:00 Break

14:00-15:00 Invited speaker:

Prof. Hussein Suleman
Simplicity as an enabler for digital humanities research in low-resource environments
Chair: Menno van Zaanen

The discipline of digital libraries laid the foundations for archives and repositories that today store and make accessible the research and heritage of the world. These foundations were closely tied to the established database storage systems and emerging Web technologies of the early 2000s. Researchers can now create digital archives using many different open source toolkits, such as DSpace, Omeka, AtoM, and EPrints.
However, in many cases, South Africans have failed to sustain such archives, partly because of a lack of funding and technical skills. Some archives have had to be rescued while others were permanently lost and have shut down. This can be catastrophic for research in all disciplines, but especially those disciplines where the digital archive is a key partner in knowledge creation.
In our low-resource environment, different solutions may need to be considered. It has therefore been proposed that systems need to adhere to a set of guiding principles for the creation of appropriate software systems. The SimpleDL toolkit is based on these principles, to create archives without the need for complex software systems, and enabling future migration and rescue of the data as needed. Simple archives can also arguably bootstrap research by lowering the resource requirements for the development of archives in countries such as South Africa, but also all over the world.

Nov. 30

09:00-11:00 Hackathon: Glosario: (A multilingual glossary package) Angelique Trusler
Chair: Rooweither Mabuya

11:00-11:15 Break

Chair: Karen Calteaux

11:15-11:45 Gerhard B. van Huyssteen: Swearing in South Africa: Multidisciplinary research on language taboos

11:45-12:00 Laurette Marais Ilana Wilken: Morphology-based investigation of differences between spoken and written isiZulu

12:00-12:15 Break

Chair: Juan Steyn

12:15-12:25 Minne Atairu: Reimagining Benin Bronzes with Generative Adversarial Networks

12:25-12:35 Mandy Wigdorowitz, Sahba Besharati, and Barbara McGillivray: Open data and the digital humanities in the time of COVID-19 (LT = Lightning Talk)

12:35-12:45 Marne’ Swanepoel: Imagining digital queer futures through trans comics on Instagram: an autoethnographic exploration (LT)

12:45-12:55 Frances Gillis-Webber, and C. Maria Keet: Modelling Multiple Representations in an OWL Ontology (LT)

12:55-14:00 Break

Chair: Menno van Zaanen

14:00-16:00 Tutorial: Digitalization and Visualization (A practical approach with TEI data) Sree Thottempudi

Dec. 1

Chair: Juan Steyn

9:00-9:30 Roald Eiselen, and Gerhard B van Huyssteen: Using ordinal logistic regression to analyse self-reported usage of, and attitudes towards swearwords

9:30-10:00 Melandri Laubscher: UPLOrc: A Networked, LiveCoding Laptop Orchestra based in South Africa

10:00-10:15 Break

Chair: Sean Kruger

10:15-10:25 Andrew Gao: Indigenous Language Preservation Through A Framework for Online Dictionary Creation

10:25-10:35 Benito Trollip: Digital Humanities (DH) as a bridge or barrier to access (LT)

10:35-10:45 Richard Ajah: Multimodality, Performance and Technopoetics in Johanna Waliya’s bilingual African Digital Poetry Abstract (LT)

10:45-10:55 Sokfa F. John: If Algorithms are not Gods, what are they? Religious metaphors, power and agency in digital culture Abstract (LT)

10:55-11:15 Break

Chair: Andiswa Bukula

11:15-11:45 Nuette Heyns, and Menno van Zaanen: Finding topic boundaries in literary text

11:45-12:00 Hlungwane, Mmanape: Localisation of digital terminology development programs in Indigenous South African languages. (Poster)

12:00-12:15 Break

Chair: Mmasibidi Setaka

12:15-12:25 Iginio Gagliardone: Analyzing conspiracies in context: a mix-methods approach to move beyond the dichotomy of facts vs. fiction Abstract (for LT) 10 minutes

12:25-12:35 Lolie Makhubu-Badenhorst, Gugu Fihlela-Hattingh, and Njabulo Hadebe: A critique on the impacts of successful acceptance of Human language technology: A quantitative study of isiZulu Spellchecker Abstract (LT)

12:35-12:45 Magoro Kgopotso Ditshego: Cultural knowledge systems, Mandhwane and Mind Mobilisation for rural communities in the digital era Student abstract (LT)

12:45-13:50 Break

13:50-14:00 Louisa Wood Ruby: PHAROS: The International Consortium of Photo Archives Abstract (LT)

Chair: Franziska Pannach

14:00-16:00 Tutorial: CATMA 6.0, Malte Meister and Dominik Gerstorfer

Dec 2nd

Chair: Ingrid Thomson

09:00-11:00 Tutorial WikimediaZA edit-a-thon Bobby Shabangu

11:00-11:15 Break

Chair: Langa Khumalo

11:15-11:45 Sibeko Johannes, and Menno van Zaanen: An analysis of readability metrics on English exam texts

11:45-11:55 Juan Steyn: Towards impactful Research Infrastructures: Mediating research activities Abstract (LT)

11:55-12:05 Kathryn Olsen, Bhekani Buthelezi, and Anusharani Sewchurrani: Disrupting established trajectories of success: in search of alternative models of making and marketing maskanda Abstract (LT)

12:05-12:20 Break

Chair: Oghenere Salubi

12:20-12:30 Chrismi-Rinda Loth, Gideon Kotzé, and Jani de Lange: Facilitating access to South African place names and signed place names through a mobile app Abstract (LT)

12:30-12:40 Chris Houghton: Bringing DH to the masses – widening participation in digital humanities with Gale Digital Scholar Lab Abstract (LT)

12:40-12:50 Karli Brittz: A Soulful approach to AI: A comparative analysis of OpenAI’s Hide and Seek and Pixar’s Soul Abstract (LT)

12:50-14:00 Break

Chair: Franziska Pannach

14:00-16:00 Tutorial: Text Mining for Newbies Stefan Ziehe

17:00-18:00 Digital Social Event

Dec 3rd

09:00-10:00 Invited speaker:

Prof. Tunde Ope-Davies
Decolonising African Cultural/Historical Memory Data: A Digital Humanities Approach

Chair: Amanda du Preez

With the rapid expansion and deployment of technology in every sphere of human activities, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the application of approaches and tools in Digital Humanities (DH) can inspire new developments and innovation in African studies especially within the fields of humanities and liberal sciences. This presentation provides a context for scholars in this field to discuss how the application of new technologies can provoke a re-interpretation and proper (digital) documentation and globalization of a large body of existing data on historical and cultural memories in Africa. It argues that the new technology-driven approaches being postulated in DH scholarship and research orientations across some academic and research communities in Africa would provide a genuine and authentic framework for the [re-]construction and [re-]presentation of information on Africa, its histories, cultures and epistemes.

10:00-10:15 Break

Chair: Mmasibidi Setaka

10:15-12:15 Tutorial: Expanding the influence of DH throughout
the humanities – Introducing Gale Digital Scholar Lab Chris Houghton

12:15-12:30 Break

Chair: Anusharani Sewchurran

12:30-12:40 Janie Cole: Mapping Indigenous Robben Island, the Music of the Khoekhoe and the Discovery of the Tip of Africa: GIS as Method for Cultural Preservation, Decolonization and Sustainability Abstract (LT)

12:40-12:50 Annelise de Vries, and Zakeera Docrat: Enhancing access to justice through a Speech-To-Text model: Language and technology in courtroom discourse. (LT)

12:50-13:00 Closing Remarks (chair: Menno van Zaanen)

13:00-14:00 Break

14:00-16:00 DHASA business meeting

Dec. 6th

Presentation of the Shared Task on Nguni Languages Part-of-Speech Tagging (NLAPOST2021), jointly organised by DHASA and SACAIR, at the SACAIR unconference

Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa