Research & Innovation: Humanities

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Research Units:

OPTENTIA Research Unit

Develop and organise knowledge for the optimal expression of individual, social and institutional potential in African context.

Unit for Languages and Literature in the SA Context

Focusing on the language diversity within South Africa.


Research Focus Areas:

Population and Health

Focuses on South Africa's socio-economic and cultural development.

Social Transformation

Contributing to improving a sustainable quality of life and transformation in South Africa and other African countries.

Understanding and Processing Language in Complex Settings (UPSET)

Investigates how humans use language in the complex and multilingual setting of South Africa.


Research Niche Areas:

Indigenous Language Media in Africa (ILMA)

African languages in the media.

Musical Arts in South Africa: Resources and Applications (MASARA)

The leading research entity on music and well-being in South Africa.

Visual Narratives and Creative Outputs through Interdisciplinary and Practice-Led Research (ViNCO)

Contributing to the current discourse on South African and African visual narratives and the histories and visions that shape them.



ATKV School of Creative Writing

Offering courses to improve their creative writing skills.

Centre for Text Technology (CTexT)

Research human language technology and develop language technology products for the South African languages.

NWU Writing Centre

This centre is dedicated to the improvement of students' academic writing.


Hosted entities within the faculty

South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR)

The South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) is a national centre supported by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), with a focus on all official languages of South Africa, supporting research and development in the domains of language technologies and language-related studies in the humanities and social sciences.