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Special thanks to all, especially the delegates who made the conference possible!


Welcome to the first fully fledged conference of the newly established Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa (DHASA). We are proud to celebrate the launch of Digital Humanities in Southern Africa.

DHASA 2017 intends to bring together both National and Internationals scholars in the DH domain covering applicable topics in the Humanities and Social Sciences arenas. The topics could focus on DH within the African and Southern African contexts, as well as on any topic related to methodological or computational aspects in DH.

Topics include, but are not restricted to:
Language, Literature, Visual Art, Performance / Theatre Studies, Media Studies, Music, History, Sociology, Psychology, Language Technologies, Library Studies, Philosophy, Methodologies, Software / computation, Other.

The Conference takes place at one of the most prominent universities in Southern Africa, located within the picturesque Western Cape Province. It will attract high-level academic discussions and combine that with the collegial sharing of experiences and insights in the serene, beautiful town of Stellenbosch.

Conference Activities
The activities include a two-day pre-conference program comprising of workshops and tutorials (17 & 18 January 2017), followed by two days (19 & 20 January 2017) of peer-reviewed oral and poster presentations. Due to limited space, conference attendance numbers cannot exceed 220 delegates. It is therefore important to respond as early as possible by registering for the event.

We look forward to the first official DHASA conference and the wealth of academic minds who will join us in Stellenbosch.

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 Keynotes and Workshop Presenters


Prof Mark Algee-Hewitt ( Virtually )
Department of English and the Co-Director of the Stanford Literary Lab


Prof Paul Arthur 
Chair in Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Edith Cowan University, Australia.pipwillcox-20160829

Pip Willcox 
Head of the Centre for Digital Scholarship at the Bodleian Libraries and Co-director of the annual Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School University of Oxford


Glen Worthey 
Digital Humanities Librarian and Co-lead of the Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research
Stanford University Libraries