Guest Speakers

Machine Learning

South African cultural heritage in a digital world – the view of an outsider

Presented by

Luke Holderness

Senior Technical Account Manager, Amazon

Presented by

Dr Leif Scheuermann

Since 2015 Dr Leif Scheuermann is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Ancient History and Classical Antiquities at the University of Graz. He works in the fields of ancient Historical Geography, Religious Studies and Digital History. After his studies in History and Philosophy, he worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Nuclear Technology and Energy Systems, at the University of Stuttgart and at the Historical Seminar at the University of Hamburg. In 2010 he finished his Ph D thesis at the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt (Germany), where he became coordinator at the “Interdisciplinary Center of E-humanities in History and Social Sciences”. In January 2016 he was a Fellow at the Excellence Cluster Topoi in Berlin. From October 2016 he will be located at the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities at the University of Graz.


This presentation is in a strict sense not a scientific one. It understands itself more as a commentary from outside. As a visiting fellow for two months at UNISA, I had the chance to get a glimpse of South Africa’s social and cultural reality – its treasures but also its challenges. As a scholar in the digital humanities, I want to reflect my impressions in regard to my field of research, which includes cultural heritage, its impact on identity of the people and its digital transmission to future generations, as well as approaches on creating a digital based cultural identity.