chapter  40
Engagements with Race, Memory, and the Built Environment in South Africa
A Case Study in Digital Humanities
ByAngel David Nieves
Pages 12

Over the past decade, scholars and community leaders have experimented with the use of new digital technologies to tell the history of the antiapartheid 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 3-D visualizations. Digital humanities may also help analyze documentation so as to reconstruct and recover an alternative historical narrative in the face of conventional wisdom or officializing histories. The layering of the many narratives also helps lay bare the messiness of archive making, the methodologies of digital ethnography, and, in particular, the endangered nature of those archives across South Africa related to the Soweto Uprisings of June 1976.