The Empower Track 2021

Join a community of women using digital and computational skills in research and beyond!


To get this track started in 2021, we kicked off during women’s month (August) with a series of talks by women who are involved in tech communities and women who are using various forms of digital and computational skills in their own research and teaching. A second series will be run during March 2022 to coincide with International Womens' Day.

Read our blogpost for more information…


All talks were recorded and is available on the ESCALATOR EMPOWER YouTube playlist.

Presentations and recordings can also be accessed via the blog post summarising the inaugeral EMPOWER series. Please read more…


All sessions were open to women involved in humanities or social sciences research or teaching at any of the public universities or research councils in South Africa. Social sciences and humanities undergraduates were welcome too!

No previous experience with digital scholarship or computational research required. We welcome anyone interested to learn more!


DateDayTimeTopic1st SpeakerAffiliation2nd SpeakerAffiliation
5 August 2021Thursday10:00-11:00 SASTHow Stories Breathe: A Digital PerspectiveAdaugo IsaacWanaDataDr Candice LivingstonResearch coordinator, Faculty of Education, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
12 August 2021Thursday10:00-11:00 SASTR for Humanities and Social SciencesVebash NaidooRLadiesDr. Ekemini Eyita-OkonPost-Doctoral Fellow, Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS)
19 August 2021Thursday10:00-11:00 SASTGrowing tech skills as part of a communityDr Angelique TruslerThe CarpentriesDr Caroll HermannFaculty of Arts, University of Zululand
26 August 2021Thursday10:00-11:00 SASTThere's a place for you in this digital world!Laura MugehaRegional Ambassador, YouthMappersDr Ingrid BrudvigIndependent Consultant, Digital Anthropologist

Poster for overall Empower Track

Poster for first Empower presentation

Poster for second Empower presentation

Poster for third Empower presentation

Poster for fourth Empower presentation