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Felix Bayode Oke

from Nigeria – Anchor University Lagos

I am a doctoral candidate from University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a lecturer of Languages and Linguistics at Anchor University Lagos, Nigeria. My research interest bothers on the intersection between Language Studies and digital software. In my on-going doctoral thesis on “Construction of Identity and Ideology in Nigerian News Reports on Boko Haram Insurgency”, I have been able to show the trajectory of News Discourse, Critical Discourse Analysis and Multimodal Digital Humanities in terrorism discourse. In addition, I work on digital festivals in Nigeria. This connects with cultural analytics and digital humanities.

Festivals are significant events in the social and cultural reality of people.  To preserve cultural heritage, specialists capture what happens before, during, and after a festival by interviewing participants, taking photographs and recording audio and video of the event, etc.  For example, Pelu Awofeso has documented the Lagos Eyo Festival (also known as the Adamo Orisha Play) in his work White Lagos: A Definitive and Visual Guide to the Eyo Festival, in which he observes participants and uses a narratological approach to document the event in textual form. The use of digital software such as IIIF, will be useful in both documenting as well as digitizing images for mapping and annotation. These processes will enhance the preservation, data protection, and privacy of textual documentation of festivals.

Keywords: Digital Heritage, cultural analytics, Tempo-spatial modelling, Linguistic Landscape, media studies

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Richard Ajah

from Nigeria – University of Uyo

Richard Ajah teaches French language, African literature and cultural studies in the Department of Foreign Languages, University of Uyo, Nigeria. He graduated with a B.A (First-Class Hons) as University Valedictorian and obtained his PhD from University of Ibadan, Nigeria in travel writing as ETF Scholar. He is a published poet and literary critic. He enjoys writing, reading and traveling.

Literary studies, cultural studies and Digital Humanities scholarship in the areas of computer-assisted literary analysis (CALA), “pictographic” criticism, electronic literature and material cultures.

Keywords: CALA, Electronic literature, Pictographics

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Obasanjo Joseph Oyedele

from Nigeria – Bowen University Iwo Osun State

My Doctor of Philosophy research on climate change communication was completed in 2017 at the Department of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, where I also had my B.A. and M.A. degrees in 2009 and 2012 respectively. I teach development communication and communication studies and conduct research on climate change, risk, health, and environmental communication.

My research interests broadly lie in environmental communication, health communication, climate change communication, and risk communication. I look at access to and accessibility of information, perception, knowledge, attitude and practices resulting from exposure to media contents. On digital humanity, I focus on digital environmental humanity.

Keywords: Communication, risk, climate change, environment, health

Augustine Farinola

from United Kingdom – University of Birmingham

Augustine is currently a PhD Researcher at the Department of English Literature, College of Arts and Law, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. He had his B.A (First Class Honours) and M.A in Philosophy of Science from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has taught Philosophy and Digital Courses to undergraduate students in Nigeria, and worked over the past years as ICT Manager, Computer Tutor, Information Officer, and IT Research Assistance. His current research focuses on post phenomenological analysis of Digital Humanities (DH) Technological tools used for Scholarly Communication and Linguistic Analysis.

This project, using selected arts and artifacts (woven and tiled designs, carved patterns, weaved or coiled baskets, woven handbags, pottery, brooms, beadworks) from some African countries, shows how the value of these objects goes beyond the aesthetics or religious representation. It shows the rationality behind their designs and project meanings that are deeply rooted in African culture. Using the literary works of African scientists and artists like Paulus Gerdes, Ron Eglash, and Claudia Zaslavsky as theoretical framework, the project maintains that these traditional African designs are embodiment of geometrical patterns, calculation and theory, as well as frontiers in the fusion between African knowledge systems (mathematics in particular) and information technology. As a Digital Humanities project, we are exploring the possibility of enhancing these designs and fractals as part of Black Heritage.

Keywords: Digital Humanities, Posthumanism, Phenomenology

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Thembelihle Hwalima

from Zimbabwe – Gwanda State University

Senior Assistant Librarian heading the Gwanda State University Library in Zimbabwe. Former faculty librarian for Commerce and Institutional Repository (IR) Manager at Lupane State University Library in Zimbabwe. Co-developer of a framework for librarians on research data management for developing countries in the Africa Open Science Platform Project (AOSP); qualified librarian with 7 years work experience in an academic and research library setting and is an expert in faculty liaison work, Information Literacy training, Institutional Repository management and research support. Holds a masters in Library and Information Science from NUST (Zim), Honours degree in Library and Information science from UKZN and Bachelor’s degree in Library & Information Science from UFH. Thembelihle has presented papers at COVIP2019, CARLIGH 2018 and IDW 2018 and facilitated workshops on Research Data Management.

I am working on establishing the intersection between digital humanities & research data management in libraries within African higher education institutions.

Keywords: research data management, research support, academic libraries, digital humanities

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Sarah Schäfer

from South Africa – University of the Western Cape

During my postgraduate studies, my primary research was in the digital transformation of museums and cultural heritage institutions in South Africa, and my research used a small museum in an isolated part of South Africa as my case study. I am currently working at the University of the Western Cape as a Research Data Specialist and Digital Curator.

Keywords: Digital humanities, cultural heritage, GLAM, Research Data Management

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Akwasi Bosompem Boateng

from Ghana, working at North-West University, South Africa

Akwasi’s current research explores the use of social media especially by the youth in South Africa for political participation and engagements. It investigates how new communication technologies promote democracy especially in elections.

Keywords: Political communication, social media, public relations, development communication and crisis management

Robert Tweheyo

from Uganda – Kyambogo University

Robert holds a Ph.D. in Social Interventions. He is a faculty member at Kyambogo University (Kampala) in the Department of Sociology and Social Administration. His research interests are in indigenous knowledge, food security, decision-making practices, and social policy analysis.

My research interests are in food security practices among the rural communities of developing countries. The fact that food is a fundamental human right, it remains a key factor in social well-fare to any society. Rural people use their indigenous knowledge and local resources to enhance household food security. Such local initiatives are not only affordable, but also environmental friendly and sustainable by local communities who constitute over 70% of most developing countries’ population engaged in agriculture. My focus is on digitizing indigenous knowledge and food security assessments to provide instant feedback. Quantitative and qualitative research methods are employed to determine the level and extent to which households are food secure. A digital assessment tool is designed for monitoring food security in rural homesteads and it provides instant results in the form of statistics that can help in planning for appropriate interventions.

Keywords: Indigenous knowledge, food security practices, engaged scholarship

Ingrid Thomson

from South Africa – University of Cape Town Libraries

I am a Humanities Librarian with liaison responsibilities for a number of Humanities departments, including History, Linguistics, Film and Media and Librarianship

As part of my duties, provide support for research in a number of the Humanities Department. I have a particular interest in DH and how libraries support it, as well as how DH and Wikipedia intersects.

Keywords: DH, Wikipedia, Librarianship

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Leah Junck

from South Africa – University of Cape Town

Leah Davina Junck is a Social Anthropology PhD candidate at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She has also previously worked in journalism as well as at the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) of the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Leah is passionate about observing all kinds of social unfoldings and about cross-disciplinary work.

For my PhD dissertation in Social Anthropology, I engaged with the role of dating applications like Tinder in establishing various kinds of intimacy. More specifically, the (digital) ethnography grapples with how the embedded mechanisms, politics as well as user perceptions influence patterns of relating. Beyond the ways in which digital technologies themselves are used, I am very curious about their potential sources of conflict and polarisation. Researching the fear of crime and surveillance strategies in suburban Cape Town for my Master degree, I also came to write about the role of WhatsApp groups in recycling information and cultivating notions of ‘a suspect’. My Honours dissertation on male refugees bridging precarity in Cape Town dealt with being on the other end of surveillance. Both Honours and Master thesis were published as monographs.

Keywords: Digital applications, artificial intelligence, intimacy, immigration, gender and minority rights

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Sarah Kaddu

from Uganda – Makerere University

Sarah holds a PhD in information Science. Currently, a Library & Information Science Educator in Uganda.

Research interests: Digitising Uganda’s cultural heritage. The majority of Uganda’s population are the youth, and they prefer accessing digital content as opposed to print. The majority of the youth are either scholars or researchers. Having Uganda’s heritage digitized shall enable access and utilisation. It has been noted that most of Uganda’s heritage was either not preserved nor digitized. Some of the very unique Ugandan heritage is in the hands of the elders: when they die, with them al this heritage will be gone, hence there is the need to collect and digitize it so that it can be accessed and preserved.

Keywords: Cultural heritage, Digitisation

Ayantayo Joshua Sunday

from Nigeria – Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, Ondo State

I hold a BA in Linguistics from the University of Ilorin, an MA in Linguistics from the University of Ibadan and I am currently doing a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Ibadan

I am working on the ideological representation of herdsmen discourse in Nigerian media. I am investigating how media is representing social actors in the discourse, using concealment strategies and contextual variables to generate meanings and thereby form different ideologies. With this, I am also interrogating the implications of these ideologies for society.

Keywords: Media, conflict and interactional discourse

Sara Petrollino

from Italy – Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, The Netherlands.

Sara Petrollino is university lecturer at Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, The Netherlands, and fellow member of the African Studies Center of Leiden University. She works on languages of East Africa, with a focus on language description and anthropological linguistics. She has been involved in various digital humanities events, see for example the workshop Digital Humanities: the perspective of Africa at the Lorentz Center, the panel on African languages and digital humanities at DH2019, and the Africa forum at DH2020.

Sara is a linguist interested in language description and typology, with a focus on East Africa. She is working on Hamar, an Omotic language spoken in South West Ethiopia and she is currently carrying out an NWO funded project on the languages of East African pastoralists. She wants to explore the possibilities that DH can give to scholars from Africa and how language technologies can support scholars working on the documentation and description of African languages.

Keywords: African languages; Anthropological Linguistics, LT4ALL (Language technologies for All)

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Emmanuel Ngué Um

from Cameroon – University of Yaoundé I (tenure), University of Ngaoundéré (appointment) and CERDOTOLA (Consultancy)

Associate Professor in Linguistics; Head of the Department of Cameroonian Languages and Cultures at ENS Bertoua (Cameroon); Director of the Archive of Languages and Oral Resources of Africa (ALORA); Member of the Governance Committee of ELP; Member of the Committee of HumaNum.

My research interests lie at the intersection of languages, cultures, and technology. I have initial training in descriptive linguistics with primary focus on Bantu languages. During my PhD research, I broadened the scope of my interest to encompass anthropological linguistics and sociolinguistics. This led me to the field of language endangerment and documentary linguistics and language archiving. My involvement with digital archiving in the capacity of archive manager paved my way into Digital Humanities which I have been pursuing in different roles and at different places for the past eight years. At the present, I am working two major projects: the first one is about enriching the collection (with transcription and grammatical glosses) of documentary resources which have resulted from a three-year documentation project granted by the Endangered Languages Programme (ELDP); the second project has to do with migrating ALOR into the hosting premises of SADiLaR.

Keywords: Language, Culture, Technology, Africa

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Chao Tayiana Maina

from Kenya – African Digital Heritage

Chao is a digital heritage specialist and digital humanities scholar from Kenya. She is the founder of African Digital Heritage and co-founder at Museum of British Colonialism.

I am currently interested in exploring themes around data, repatriation, community participation and open access within digital heritage. My previous research projects have included, ‘Embedding intangible histories in 3D visualisations’ (2017), ‘Community co-production in visualising suppressed histories using 3D visualisations – The case of detention camps in Kenya’ (2019)

Keywords: digital visualisations, repatriation, community participation, open access

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Azeb Amha

from The Netherlands – African Studies Center Leiden, Leiden University

Azeb Amha (PhD from Leiden University) is a researcher and lecturer at the African Studies Center Leiden, Leiden University. She is interested in language documentation and description and in linguistic typology. She set-up extensive archives with audio-visual material and annotated text documenting the languages and cultures of a number of Omotic languages in Ethiopia. Her publications include a grammar of Maale, several papers on Omotic languages and three co-edited books.

Azeb’s current research involves the documentation of the Zargulla language, a project financially supported by the ELDP (Endangered Language Documentation Project) at SOAS. Next to the archival work, Azeb is engaged in writing research papers in different aspects of the language.

Keywords: language-culture interface, expressions of greetings and felicitations, morpho-syntax

Nancy Henaku

from US – Michigan Technological University

I hold a PhD in Rhetoric, Theory and Culture and a masters in English Studies. I am interested in digital rhetorics/discourses from African contexts.

I am interested in the intersection between digital, rhetorical and discourse research.

Merosobo Lawson-Ikuru

from Nigeria – University of Uyo and Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic

I am a final year PhD candidate at University of Uyo , preparing for the defence of my dissertation. I also teach in Captain Elechi Amadi Polytechnic.

My research interest is in language description and documentation. I am currently working on a tonal description of Ogbia, a poorly described and undocumented language.

Keywords: Language Description, Documentation, Tone and Grammar

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Sree Ganesh Thotempudi

from Germany – SADiLaR

Research interests: Digital Humanities, Computational Linguistics, Data science, Machine Learning, Literature

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Juan Steyn

from South Africa – SADiLaR

Juan Steyn is the Project Manager at SADiLaR. He has been involved in multiple Digital Humanities and Educational technology related projects. He also has a special interest in training and capacity building through his involvement within the Software and Data carpentry community as well as the Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa and the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations.

I see myself more as an enabler and helping colleagues to make new connections and conceptualise projects. Research interests include: capacity building; measuring impact of research infrastructure (emerging interest); minimal computing; ancient languages etc.

Keywords: Minimal computing; capacity building; impact measurement

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Ayodele James Akinola

from Nigeria – Chrisland University, Abeokuta; CEDHUL

Ayodele James Akinola is an early career researcher in DH, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis and Cultural Studies. He is a PhD (English Language) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria; and an emerging researcher with publications in Computer-mediated communication, pragmatics, rhetoric and digital humanities. He lectures at Chrisland University, Abeokuta; and serves as programme officer (volunteer) at the University of Lagos’ Centre for Digital Humanities (CEDHUL) in Nigeria.

His personal and collaborative research engagements include discursive complexities of colonial “letterature”; Humour and (mis)information in the new media; DH evaluation of COVID-19 Induced E-learning Encounter of Nigerian students; online public health campaigns on COVID-19, etc.

Keywords: DH, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, Cultural Studies

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Franziska Pannach

from Germany/South Africa – University of Göttingen

I am a PhD student at the Göttingen Centre for Digital Humanities. I did my master degree on African folktales at the University of Göttingen. In my research, I collaborate with the university of KwaZulu-Natal. Previously, I used to work as an instructor for media and information services at Göttingen State and University Library, where I also worked for Göttingen University Press.

I am a PhD Student in Digital Humanities/Computational Linguistics with a focus on narrative pattern extraction from folktales and mythological texts. I am also interested in automatic or semi-automatic knowledge extraction, semantic web and ontologies for cultural heritage. My research also includes NLP tasks for under-resourced languages and domain.

Keywords: Digital Humanities, NLP, Computational Folkloristics

Dhanashree Thorat

from United States – Mississippi State University

Dr. Dhanashree Thorat is an Assistant Professor of English at Mississippi State University. She is a founding Executive Council member of the Center for Digital Humanities, Pune in India and serves as the lead organizer for a biennial winter school on Digital Humanities.

My research is situated at the intersection of Asian American Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and Digital Humanities. I examines how colonial and racial ideologies shape the technological imagination, specifically in technical infrastructures, platforms, and policies. My book project takes a postcolonial approach to read the material and socio-political undersea geography of Internet infrastructure in the Indian Ocean.

Keywords: Postcolonial digital humanities

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Niklas Zimmer

from South Africa – University of Cape Town

I hold an MA(FA) and a BA(Hons) from the University of Cape Town, as well as a BA in education from the University of Cologne. My research MA on South African Jazz photography drew critical reflections on Fine Arts, Social history and Music. Before my employment at UCT Libraries in 2015 as manager of the Digital Library Services department, I worked as digitisation manager at the Centre for Popular Memory (UCT), as an art teacher, heading the Visual Arts Department at the German International School Cape Town, and as an archivist at the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany. I have maintained a richly diverse freelance career, including lecturing in theory and discourse of art and critical studies at tertiary institutions in Cape Town and Stellenbosch, giving workshops in video, sound and photography, as well as writing reviews, exhibiting my photographic art. I am a research associate at Africa Open Institute for Music, Research and Innovation at Stellenbosch University.

I manage the Digital Library Services department at UCT Libraries. We are an institution-wide service and a GLAM Lab, providing digitisation, data curation, digital preservation, RDM, digital scholarship and GIS services. We service both the STEM and the HASS communities, providing a wide portfolio of hard- and software for managing, preserving and publishing data. Our highly engaged team has expertise in a wide range of areas, and provide services and infrastructure for the whole university community.

Keywords: Data Stewardship, RDM, Digital Preservation, Digital Scholarship, Digital Humanities

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Modupe Roseline Agunbiade

from Nigeria – Federal University of Technology, Akure

Modupe Roseline Agunbiade is a postgraduate student of English Language at The University of Ibadan, Nigeria and works at Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. Modupe had B.A.(First Class Hons) in English.

Modupe’s research interest is broadly on Computer Mediated Communication . She focuses on Discourse Strategies of the Multilinguals in a Digital Environment (social media). She concentrates on discourses in both Synchronous and Asynchronous Communications. Modupe is also currently generating a corpus of spam messages to further her research interest in cybercrime.

Keywords: Computer-Mediated-Communication, Multilingual, Discourse Strategies, Cybercrime

Fasanmi Success Ayodeji

from Nigeria – Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

An academic and a researcher in higher education administration with interest in the area of internationalisation of higher education, quality assurance in higher education, politics of education, policy analysis.

My research is on internationalisation of higher education which is concerned with incorporation of international dimension into the purpose and delivery of higher education. Some elements of internationalisation of higher education include academic exchange, staff mobility, research collaboration among others.

Keywords: Internationalisation of higher education, politics of education, graduate employability, quality assurance in higher education.

Rotimi Taiwo

from Nigeria – Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife

Rotimi Taiwo is a professor of English Language at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. His research interests are New Media Studies, Critical Discourse Studies, Pragmatics and Lexical Studies. He is currently the Editor, Journal of English Scholars Association of Nigeria (JESAN) and the Head, Department of English of his university.

Critical investigation of online discourses, such as those that take place in blogs, discussion forum, Twitter and SMS text messages. I use approaches related to socio-semiotics, socio-cognitive, such as critical discourse and computer mediated discourse approaches.

Keywords: Computer-mediated, political, media and religious discourses

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Idayat Modupe Lamidi

from Nigeria – Kola Daisi University, Ibadan.

Idayat Modupe Lamidi obtained her B.A, M.A, and Ph.D degrees in English (language emphasis) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She started her teaching career at the university level as a Tutorial Assistant (2005-2007) and later as an Associate Lecturer (2015-2017) in the University of Ibadan teaching first year undergraduates GES 101 (Use of English). She currently lectures at the Department of English and Literary Studies, Kola Daisi University, Ibadan, Nigeria.

Dupe Lamidi has been carrying out research in the area of computer-mediated discourse . Her doctoral programme is centered on the discourse practices in a virtual community; contributing to knowledge on international behaviours of netizens in relation to the Nigerian real-world. She has been active in her research in this area. She has published in learned journals and contributed chapters in books. The recent increase in the various Internet scams and phishing attacks necessitated her present study on phishing attacks and anti-phishing techniques, This research emphasises the power of language in detecting phishing mails through their linguistic codes. She believes this will serve as an addition and all-encompassing strategy in mitigating phishing.

Keywords: Netlinguistics, medical discourse and computer-mediated conversation analysis.

Mirjam de Bruijn

from The Netherlands – Leiden University.

I am professor of African studies at Leiden University. Director of the foundation www.voice4thought.org. Editor of the publication platform Bridging Humanities.

I work mainly in West and Central Africa. Interested in the relation between Communication an Information Technologies and societal change. Crisis and political change. I work in a combination of ethnography and Digital Humanities.

Keywords: Sahel, ICT, digital, crisis, violence

Benito Trollip

from South Africa – South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR)

I am an enthusiastic and amicable person that tends to be excited by amazingly nerdy things. I have hold the position as Afrikaans researcher at SADiLaR since February 2019 and have since delighted in the worlds of DH and research that has opened up for me.

I am interested in a wide range of topics ranging from cognitive linguistics and digital humanities to the intricacies of indigenous knowledge systems and the ethical use of data. I mainly focus on different aspects that have to do with the meaning of complex words in Afrikaans, while maintaining a keen interest in ethics and indigenous knowledge systems.

Keywords: Afrikaans, Ethics, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Linguistics

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David Toh Kusi

from Cameroon – ENS Yaounde, the Univerisity Yaoundé 1, Cameroon (tenure); The University of Bamenda (on appointment)

Senior Lecturer in British and Contemporary Literary Studies; Head of Service for research and cooperation, Faculty of Arts, University of Bamenda; Digital Pedagogic team member for certificate training at the Higher Teacher Training College, Yaounde. Member of The African Network for MOOC Creation for Innovative pedagogy in Higher Education (REAMOOC) at the University of Yaounde 1, Cameroon. Member of the intra‐African/German Postdoc Mentoring Online (iAG-POSMO)

David Toh Kusi is Senior Lecturer in British Literature and Contemporary Literary Studies at ENS Yaounde, University of Yaounde 1. He also occupies a duty post at the University of Bamenda, Cameroon. He is working towards a lasting experience in Digital Humanities and has been exposed to the following DH Programmes: the Second Lagos Summer School in Digital Humanities Nigeria, 2018; DHAfrica 2019, the Netherlands; and Digital Humanities 2020.

Keywords: Literature teaching, Cultural studies, and digital pedagogies

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Sokfa F. John

from South Africa – University of KwaZulu-Natal

I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the DST/NRF Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) in Sustainable Local Livelihoods, University of KwaZulu-Natal. I hold a PhD in Religion and Social Transformation, with specialization in Sociology of Religion and Digital Humanities/Cultures. I also hold a masters in Gender, Religion and Health

My current research combines a qualitative approach with geospatial analysis to understand and map the impact of Covid-19 on livelihoods resources and activities in selected South African communities. My previous projects include an examination of the social power of algorithms, and a study of niche-based online dating platforms and how dating algorithms shape religious ideas about romantic relationships. My PhD work was on how religious and ethnic identities were articulated and contested on social media in the context of social conflicts in northern Nigeria.

Keywords: Algorithms, digital culture, social media platforms, conflicts, Self

Colin Tredoux

from South Africa – UCT

Professor of Psychology at UCT. PhD from UCT, 1996. Interests in DH are around predictive modeling of descriptions from witness memory.

Interests in DH are around predictive modeling of descriptions from witness memory

Keywords: memory witnesses statistical modeling

Dibyadyuti Roy

from India – Indian Institute of Management Indore

Dr. Roy is a founding member of the Digital Humanities Alliance for Research and Teaching Innovations (DHARTI), which in its earlier avatar was known as the Digital Humanities Alliance of India. He was fortunate (and deeply privileged) to be the co-organizer of the first Digital Humanities Conference in India in June 2018 and also facilitated the first DH Twitter Conference in India in January 2020 under the aegis of DHARTI.

Dr. Roy is an accomplished scholar, educator, and administrator with over 10 years of experience working in multidisciplinary academic environments across USA, UK and India. He has a public facing publication profile with core research specializations in digital humanities and new media studies, critical cultural studies, and communication in scientific and professional contexts.

Keywords: digital humanities and new media studies, critical cultural studies; postcolonial and decolonial DH

Moses Ekpenyong

from Nigeria – University of Uyo

I have B.Sc. Computer Science/Statistics, M.Sc. Computer Science and PhD Speech Technology; and have had fruitful cooperation with colleagues within and outside Nigeria mainly in the field of computing and computational linguistics. A man of many parts I am and interested in exploring the impossible using AI/Data Science.

My current research covers a broad spectrum of computational intelligent methods, for evidence-based solutions delivery in the areas of AI/Data Science, intelligent systems as well as speech and wireless communications technology. In these areas, my pursuit is to apply machine learning techniques in areas of development challenge. Specifically for this forum, I have been involved in developing language technology tools for minor languages and much more interested in solving the tone problem. My recent tool is a robust tool kit for automatic annotation and analysis, using automatic waveform-textgrid alignment, and extraction of acoustic parameters for rapid processing of African language speech.

Keywords: AI, Data Science, Language Technology

Maria Olivier

from South Africa – Antarctic Legacy of SA – Stellenbosch University

Principal Investigator, Project Manager and Digital Archivist – Antarctic Legacy of South Africa. am the principal investigator of the Antarctic Legacy of South Africa project, focusing on process improvement of activities and the on-time delivery of outputs. I also fulfill the role of digital archivist for the data repository on DSpace hosted by the Stellenbosch University Library. Included in my duties, I revamp processes and procedures to increase efficiency in the outcome of the project activities. I have expertise in process improvement, budgeting, forecasting and strategic planning. As manager of the project I operate efficiently and creatively in the fast-paced environments of Antarctic Research and the digital landscape. I specialize in information management. I am motivated and passionate about South African National Antarctic Programme – especially the preservation of our history and the promotion of it to all future generations of South Africa.

•Spearheaded the project resulting in continuous funding and prolonging of the project • Directed the project from a social science project into a knowledge development grant project • Developed presentations and posters for international and national environments • Participating in strategic planning for DST-NRF(funding) • Directed planning and budgeting and manage of the project • Implement process and systems improvements • Defined clear targets and objectives • Monitored timelines and coordinated publishing of books

Keywords: Information management – digitization – heritage – metadata – science communication

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Promise Dodzi Kpoglu

from Ghana – University of Ghana

I am a linguist trained at the Université de Lille in France and Leiden University in the Netherlands. Prior to my doctoral studies, I had my bachelor’s education at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi; and my masters degree from the Université de Lille, Lille.

My research work is principally situated within Ewe dialectology. Currently, I also work in second language acquisition. My previous research has been essentially concerned about teasing out the features that characterize one dialect of the Ewe language, Tongugbe. I have attempted to identify the phonetic, morphological, and syntactic idiosyncrasies of the dialect and sought to integrate it into comparative Ewe syntax.

Keywords: Gbe languages, contact linguistics, French as a Foreign language