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.
TOPIC FOR THE FIRST COLLOQUIUM:
Speaker: Martin Bekker (University of Johannesburg, Computational Social Science)
Title: "Everything I knew about protest was wrong"
Abstract: Protest, a vital signal of shared discontent, requires courage and coordination. Despite South Africa’s transition to democracy, it continues to experience numerous community and labour-related protests daily; by some claims, more than any other country. While state measures to curtail such gatherings are often fierce, a sharp rise in public protests has nonetheless been perceived since the early 2000s. Nevertheless, quantifying protests remains problematic, and the drivers behind protests – whether community-based, labour-related or some other type – are contested. Scholars hypothesise a range of factors in their explanations – some conflicting – for the apparent rise in protests. However, these commonly advanced theories lack quantitative rigour. Applying machine learning algorithms to the world’s largest publicly-available single-country protest event database, this thesis classifies over 150 000 police-identified incidents between 1997 and 2013, as protest or non-protest events, and the former by levels of “tumult”. Each of the 89 000 identified protest events is differentiated, considering count, count per capita, and “general propensity”, as well as “tumult” models; and then located within one of the country’s 234 municipalities. Combining that analysis with demographic, socio-economic, governance, and voting-behaviour official statistics, the study tests proxies for hypothesised factors associated with protest. It finds that “general propensity to protest”, representing the number of protesters per capita in the respective municipalities, is a more accurate measure to quantify protest than simply counting “protest occurrences” or protests per capita. Further, it finds that municipal-level Gini inequality, unemployment, voter turnout, and the dependency ratio, expressed as the proportion of people aged 17 to 64 in the population, offer the most explanatory power for protests in South Africa, a finding that is further disaggregated into community and labour-related protests
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