multimodal landscape archive of african urbanisms

Metsemegologolo – meaning ‘ancient towns’ in Setswana – is the name of an experimental digital project on African urbanism through the case study of Tswana towns (South Africa/Botswana). We are looking for innovative ways to make this history accessible in digital form to different audiences.

The project brings together an international collective of researchers in archaeology, history, GIS studies, history of art, digital arts, environmental studies and linguistics. Increasing digital representations of marginalised histories is part of the ongoing process of decolonizing the digital humanities and further deepens connections to, and preservation of, cultural heritage sites.

It isn’t widely known that in precolonial times vast networks of towns and homesteads were built across south-eastern Africa, part of a rich cultural landscape that existed before modern national boundaries.

Digital Storytelling in the Global South: Online Workshop

Join us for a workshop discussing three key topics important to the metsemegologolo and Digital Storytelling projects on March 14th 2023! Follow the link to...
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September 2022 Digital Storytelling Workshop in Cambridge

Between September 12-14th 2022 the Digital Storytelling research project met at the University of Cambridge (and online) to discuss the work we have done and...
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Fred Morton awarded Royal Geographic Society Wiley Fellowship

Fred Morton, Metsemegologolo's historian has been awarded a Wiley research fellowship for 2020-21. The Wiley research fellowships aim to facilitate '... advancing knowledge and providing...
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