Due to construction in the McLaughlin Library, the location for this event has been changed to MacKinnon 132.
This talk takes place in THINC Lab, 2nd Floor, McLaughlin Library.
The DH@Guelph DigiCafé series welcomes Angel David Nieves, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Africana Studies & Digital Humanities at Hamilton College speaking on Digital Humanities, VR Forensics and Historical Reconstructions: Documenting Human Rights Violations During the 1976 Soweto Uprisings.
Over the past decade, scholars and community leaders have experimented with the use of new digital technologies to tell the history of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. Technologies now at our disposal allow us to layer victim testimony in hypertexts using multiple tools for mapping, text mining, and 3D visualizations. This talk combines traditional ethnographic and oral history fieldwork with 3D technologies in the pursuit of documenting past human rights violations by the former apartheid regime. It poses the question: “Can digital reconstructions of difficult histories be used to harness the tools of restorative social justice while also bringing to light those yet untold stories of past human rights violations?”