Announcements

Call for Papers: African Studies and Digital Humanities: Recalibrating and Reframing a New Narrative in the Age of Technology.

Against the backdrop of the ongoing digital revolution and its impact on every space of global ecosphere, it is believed that the intersection of Digital Humanities and African Studies would inspire the development and deployment of digital tools for research and policy conversation and decisions. The new technology-driven approaches would provide a genuine and authentic framework for the [re-]construction and [re-]presentation of African literature, languages, history, epistemology, arts and culture, philosophy, traditions, among others. This panel, featuring digital historians, experimental philosophers, computational literary critics, corpus linguists, digital humanists, and researchers in African studies would explore how the computational turn in this digital age could help scholars studying Africa and her experiences to confirm or readdress some of their assumptions, theories, ideologies, and narratives. It also welcomes contributions from those whose research focuses on building digital tools and infrastructures (such as video documentaries, digital archives, digital translators for African languages, virtual galleries, etc ) for the documentation and preservation of African memory and cultural heritage. The panel thus seeks to explore how African scholarship and scholarly enterprises emerging from Africa and on African social and cultural data can contribute towards reconfiguring, recalibrating and reinventing Africa histories, cultural heritage, epistemologies, and native intelligence as a critical watershed space within the global ecosystem.

We invite submissions on the following topics:

  • Digital World and African Cultural Identity
  • Digital Curation of African Historical Sites
  • Colonial History: Archives and Databases
  • Digital Mapping of Precolonial African Empires and Kingdoms
  • African Literature and Digital Textual Scholarship
  • African Digital Cultures and Expressions
  • Digital Indigeneity and Colonisation
  • Indigenous Knowledge and Algorithm Bias

Kindly Submit your abstract via https://forms.gle/6gde1ov3DLa7TErf9 before 20th April, 2021

All enquiries to:

Panel Chair, Professor Tunde Ope-Davies, Centre for Digital Humanities, University of Lagos (email: bopeibi@unilag.edu.ng); Augustine Farinola, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom (email: aaf936@bham.ac.uk); Dr James Akinola, Chrisland University, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria (email: james2a2@gmail.com)


3rd Lagos Summer School in Digital Humanities (LSSDH-2021)

The Centre for Digital Humanities, University of Lagos, in conjunction with the Institute for Digital Humanities, University of Cologne, Germany, organises the 3rd Lagos Summer School in Digital Humanities, an international interdisciplinary institute for postgraduate, doctoral and post-doctoral students. The theme of this year is “Reconfiguring research and scholarship in the human sciences: a technology-driven capacity building initiative in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dates: May 9th – May 15th 2021

For more information visit www.cedhul.com.ng

Call for proposals: New Languages for NLP
Building Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Humanities

Do you wish you could do large-scale text analysis on the languages you study? Is the lack of good linguistic data and tools a barrier to your research?
Learn how to create the data and language models you need for digital humanities analysis at “New Languages for NLP: Building Linguistic Diversity in the Digital Humanities,” a National Endowment for Humanities Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities.

The deadline is January 10, 2021

Call for Abstracts for an edited volume on AI Ethics in Higher Education: Insights from Africa and Beyond

A collaboration of the Technical University of Munich, the Kwame Nkrumah University of
Science and Technology, the Responsible AI Network (RAIN) Africa & FAIR Forward –
Artificial Intelligence for All. Deadline for abstract submissions is January 1, 2021.

SADiLaR DH Colloquium

SADiLaR organizes a monthly colloquium showcasing research related to Digital Humanities. Each month a speaker will present their work in the area of DH.

AIM OF COLLOQUIUM:
The aim of the colloquium is to illustrate what digital humanities is and what the applications are. This includes both national (South African) as well as international research.

FORMAT OF THE COLLOQUIUM:
The colloquium will take place online. During the hour allocated for the colloquium a speaker will present their work. Afterwards there will be some time for questions.

PARTICIPANTS WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IN EVENT :
Anybody interested in digital humanities, the theory, example research, practical applications, etc.

COSTS
Participation in the colloquium is for FREE

REGISTER
Follow the link to register for the first SADiLaR DH Colloquium: REGISTER NOW

Please register before or on 16 October 2020

Datasets for Language in Sub-Saharan Africa

This request for proposals (RFP) will fund the creation, labeling, augmentation, or maintenance of datasets for machine learning in languages in sub-Saharan Africa. We envision that these datasets will both enable specific tasks in natural language processing (NLP) and broader research in machine learning with the ultimate goal of supporting social impact.
This RFP closes on 6 November 2020. Proposals will only be accepted through the online portal on Lacuna Fund’s website (http://www.lacunafund.org/apply). This document contains further details about the RFP’s eligibility criteria, selection criteria, timeline, Q&A process, and purpose and need, as well as application requirements.
Thank you for your interest in Lacuna Fund, and for your dedication to closing data gaps to allow the machine learning community to better solve urgent problems. We look forward to receiving your proposal!

Symposium on African Digital Storytelling, 8 October 2020

The importance of storytelling in African societies dates back to different forms of oral tradition that make knowledge, history, and experiences transferable across time, cultures, and groups. The symposium on digital storytelling in Africa will center the ways in which digital media hardware and software expand the forums and techniques available to African to tell stories about different aspects of life on the continent. We bring together participants from different parts of the world, including African locations, to think together about digital storytelling and what it might mean in the context of African digital cultures.

The conversation will be of interest to anyone interested in storytelling and the digital humanities more generally. The Symposium is free, online, and open to anyone to join.

CLARIN Annual Conference 2020 (Virtual Event), panel on AI, Language Data and Research Infrastructures with Vukosi Marivate

The CLARIN Annual Conference is the main annual event for those working on the construction and operation of CLARIN across Europe, as well as for representatives of the communities of use in the humanities, and social sciences.

CLARIN2020 is organized for the wider Humanities and Social Sciences communities in order to exchange ideas and experiences with the CLARIN infrastructure. This includes the design, construction and operation of the CLARIN infrastructure, the data, tools and services that it contains or for which their is a need, its actual use by researchers, its relation to other infrastructures and projects, and the CLARIN Knowledge Sharing Infrastructure.

We are looking forward to welcome all authors of accepted papers, members of national consortia and representatives of CLARIN centres, representatives from partner organizations, and anybody else who has interest in becoming part of the CLARIN community and would like to learn more.

The panel on AI, Language Data and Research Infrastructures includes Vukosi Marivate, ABSA Chair in Data Science at the University of Pretoria. Check out the programme here: https://www.clarin.eu/event/2020/panel-artificial-intelligence-language-data-and-research-infrastructures-clarin2020

DSA Research Award

Data Science Africa is announcing a call to support research addressing local challenges in Africa. We aim to support up to ten pilot and early stage research projects that leverage data science, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) methods to develop tools with broad societal benefits. Up to four projects responding to the immediate crises facing Africa due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the locust invasion in East Africa will be selected for expedited support. The aim of this RFP is to provide access to resources currently limiting research productivity in Africa with a focus on data science research.