[globaloutlookDH-l] First call for papers DHASA Conference 2021

Menno van Zaanen menno.vanzaanen at nwu.ac.za
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First call for papers DHASA Conference 2021

Theme: “Digitally Human, Artificially Intelligent”

The Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa (DHASA) is
organizing its third conference with the theme “Digitally Human,
Artificially Intelligent”. The field of Digital Humanities is currently
still rather underdeveloped in Southern Africa. Hence, this conference
has several aims. First, to bring together researchers who are
interested in showcasing their research from the broad field of Digital
Humanities. By doing so, this conference provides an overview of the
current state-of-the-art of Digital Humanities especially in the
Southern Africa region. This includes Digital Humanities research by
people from Southern Africa or research related to the geographical
area of Southern Africa.

Second, the conference allows for information sharing among researchers
interested in Digital Humanities as well as network building. By
bringing together researchers working on Digital Humanities from
Southern Africa or on Southern Africa, we hope to boost collaboration
and research in this field.

Third, affiliated workshops and tutorials provide information for
researchers to learn about novel technologies and tools. These related
events are aimed at researchers interested in the field of Digital
Humanities, to focus on specific aspects of Digital Humanities or to
provide practical information for researchers to move into the field or
advance their knowledge in the field.

The DHASA conference is an interdisciplinary platform for researchers
working on all areas of Digital Humanities (including, but not limited
to language, literature, visual art, performance and theatre studies,
media studies, music, history, sociology, psychology, language
technologies, library studies, philosophy, methodologies, software and
computation, etc.). It aims to create the conditions for the emergence
of a scientific Digital Humanities community of practice.

Suggested topics include the following:
- Humanities research enabled through digital media, artificial
intelligence or machine learning, software studies, mapping and
geographic information systems, or information design and modelling;
- Social, institutional, global, gender, multilingual, and
multicultural aspects of digital humanities including digital
feminisms, digital indigenous studies, digital cultural and ethnic
studies, digital black studies, digital queer studies;
- Theoretical, epistemological, historical, or related aspects and
interpretations of digital humanities practice and theory;
- Computer applications in literary, linguistic, cultural,
archaeological, and historical studies, including public humanities and
interdisciplinary aspects of modern scholarship;
- Computational textual studies, including quantitative stylistics,
stylometry, authorship attribution, text mining, etc.;
- Emerging technologies such as physical computing, single-board
computers, minimal computing, wearable devices, and haptic technologies
applied to humanities research;
- Digital cultural studies, hacker culture, networked communities,
digital divides, digital activism, open/libre networks and software,
- Digital humanities in pedagogy and academic curricula;
- Critical infrastructure studies, critical software studies, media
archaeology, eco-criticism, etc., as they intersect with the digital
humanities; and
- Any other theme pertaining to the digital humanities.

Additionally, topics specifically related to the theme of the
conference are requested, among others:
- AI and decolonisation, AI as a new form of colonisation, algorithmic
- AI and Anthropocene, discourse of extinction, reverse-engineer-
extinction via AI;
- AI and human-technology interactions (androids, cyborgs, robots,
posthumanism), AI and digital labour, data extraction, knowledge
magnification,  AI and facial recognition;
- AI-driven art, impact of AI-art on art, (ontological) relation
between art and AI, questions of (computational) creativity,
intelligence and perception, digital arts (including architecture,
music, film, theatre, new media, digital games, and electronic
literature), purposes of art;
- Histories and materialities of AI, telling better stories about AI,
imagining better ways of living with AI;
- Superintelligence, ‘so-called’ intelligence, another intelligence,
artificial unintelligence, adversarial intelligence.

Submission Guidelines

The DHASA conference 2021 asks for three types of submissions:
- Long papers of at most 10 pages, not counting references, when
accepted will allow for a presentation;
- Short papers of at most 6 pages, not counting references, when
accepted will allow for a poster presentation;
- Abstracts of 200-250 words, when accepted will allow for a lightning
Additionally, student submissions (where the first author is a student)
are especially encouraged.

All submissions should adhere to the style guide, see

All accepted submissions that are presented at the conference will be
published in the conference proceedings.

Important dates

Submission deadline: 22 August 2021
Date of notification: 30 September 2021
Camera ready copy deadline: 28 October 2021
Conference: 29 November 2021 - 3 December 2021

Given the current state of the Covid pandemic, the conference will be
fully virtual.

Co-located events

Several co-located events are currently being prepared, including
workshops, tutorials (e.g., Wikimedia), and a shared task.

Organizing Committee

Rooweither Mabuya
Franziska Pannach
Amanda du Preez
Oghenere Salubi
Mmasibidi Setaka
Anusha Sewchurrana
Menno van Zaanen

Programme committee

To be confirmed

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