Digital Humanities Research MPhil/PhD
While working in the digital nonprofit sector in South Africa, I found out about the Department of Digital Humanities and the work they were doing on the Desmond Tutu digital archive project
. This is a subject close to the hearts of most South Africans, and I realized that King’s was doing groundbreaking research in the digital humanities, and that it would probably be the best place to learn more. So I came to King’s in 2010 to start an MA in Digital Asset Management
, and have stayed on to do a PhD.
I am funding my studies with some grants from South Africa, and a King’s Alumni Bursary
, which has made it much easier to continue at King's. My research is onto digitisation projects in national memory institutions, like libraries, archives and museums.
Being in the department of Digital Humanities is, without doubt, one of the very best places for me to be doing this research for several reasons. My supervisors and other staff members in the department have many years of experience working in these areas. Secondly, the fact that my department works on several large-scale research projects all over Europe means that I have access to materials and expertise that is unique.
During my MA year I worked for some time on the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure
project, which was fascinating and a real education, and I hope to be able to continue working on projects such as this during the rest of my time at King’s. It doesn’t hurt that my department is full of generous, supportive and interesting people, from my fellow PhD cohort to the teaching and research staff
Thinking about how the humanities are changing as a result of the possibilities opened up by digital technology will be central to the future of the discipline. I hope to be able to return to South Africa and make a difference there as a result of the cutting-edge skills and experience I am lucky enough to be gaining at King’s.