JIAS-Understanding the Pre-Colonial World Through Computational History


JIAS-Understanding the Pre-Colonial World Through Computational History


Publishing Date: 11/3/2017 12:00 AM

 

​Understanding the Pre-Colonial World Through Computational History – a Seminar

The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) is a joint initiative of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa, and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Its purpose is to promote advanced research in the humanities and natural sciences, beyond the regular teaching and research activities at institutions of higher learning. JIAS is the first fully-fledged institute of advanced learning in Gauteng, South Africa's political and economic heartland.

 14 to 16 November 2017 in Johannesburg

The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced study is hosting a three-day workshop, which will link the growing interest in the pre-colonial world through the use of computational history.

The event hopes to strengthen southern Africa's input into the "Interactive Global Histories (1205-1533)" project, which is based at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

This initiative aims to assess how machine learning techniques can contribute to historical databases for the pre-colonial world, and provide data-driven modelling and simulations to fill a crucial gap in the study of the Eurafrasian/Afro-Eurasian networks. For more information about the project, please visit http://www.thearwh.org/5_journal1a_2016_1_1.htm.

The event will be of interest to historians and scientists interested in the pre-Colonial world and to those interested in the developing field of the digital humanities.

Attendance to the three-day event – to be held at JIAS (1 Tolip Street, Westdene) – is free. There will be space for 25 attendees. Interested parties are asked to apply to reshmis@uj.ac.za before 1 November.