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HASTAC Scholars - check out our amazing 2014-2015 year!

HASTAC Scholars - check out our amazing 2014-2015 year!



As our year is coming to an end, we have put together a showcase of everything the HASTAC Scholars have collaboratively done as a cohort so far this year. It is also a list of everything that you can still participate in!



HASTAC Scholar Forums are interdisciplinary conversations around given topics or sets of questions, hosted by at least 3 HASTAC Scholars from different universities, who invite several guests who participate in the comments thread together with other visitors to the HASTAC website. This year, Scholars have organized four forums on a wide range of topics. Read more about them below!


  • NEW! Colonial Legacies, Postcolonial Realities and Decolonial Futures of Digital Media - hosted by micha cárdenas, Noha F Beydoun and Alainya Kavaloski

  • Quantified Self and the Politics of Self-Tracking, hosted by Meena Natarajan, Neal Swisher, J.J. Sylvia, and Jason Tham, to explore contemporary debates around digital health, surveillance, and self governance, and tackle some of the tough questions and challenges facing the quantified self community.

  • See Me Like I Do: A Forum on Selfies, hosted by Jenae Cohn, J.J. Sylvia IV, Lauren Rae Hall, Bridget Sweet, and Annie Fee, to take up the hows and whys of selfie creation and circulation, paying special attention to the ways selfies act as a means of asserting agency in a variety of different contexts.

  • Digital Collections, hosted by Connie A. Wallace, Kaitlin Scharra, Meagan Manning, Ben Shapiro, and Anderson Rouse, to consider how one might organize a digital collection, from what content is considered worthy to how to collect these artifacts.

  • Best Teaching Moments, hosted by HASTAC Scholars Danica Savonick and Cristiane Damasceno, and HASTAC’s co-directors Fiona Barnett and Kalle Westerling, asks you to share and comment upon stories from within and beyond formal classroom: stories loosely based around the idea of a “transformative moment” in which teaching, or learning, occurred.



This year, HASTAC Scholars has hosted three webinars that have all been inspirational sources of classroom strategies, ideas for research projects, and presentation of research. All the videos are available on the individual pages linked below, and the HASTAC Scholars YouTube playlist.


  • Teaching and Researching with Scalar: This webinar was divided in two parts. First, an introduction to Scalar, a free, open-source authoring and publishing platform designed for scholars writing media-rich, long-form, born-digital scholarship. Second, a presentation of best practices in using Scalar in the classroom by Anne Cong-Huyen.

  • Annotation Studio in the Classroom and in Research: This webinar Introduced Annotation Studio, an easy-to-use, free, and open source digital annotation tool designed by MIT’s HyperStudio, in consultation with academic instructors and researchers. It also provided examples of how to use the tool for your research, as well as how to create innovative assignments for students that focus their attention on careful reading and analytical writing.

  • Omeka and Digital Archives: This webinar walked through what Omeka, a free, open-source content management system, can (and can’t) do, by highlighting digital projects that demonstrate Omeka’s uses by educators and archivists.



In addition to the programming above, HASTAC Scholars produced four collaborative projects this year:


  • Digital Labor: HASTAC Scholar Laura Mithcell is working on a project that will use familiar aesthetics and tropes of tech and business media to tell digital labor stories that usually don't get coverage. You can collaborate with Laura on her project by proposing a story or requesting an assignment — such as interviews with digital laborers of interest, profiles of digital laborers or sites of digital labor, or creating an annotated bibliography entry on previous work on digital labor!

  • Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong: A collaborative book review project headed up by HASTAC Scholar Cameron Glover, which will be presented at the HASTAC 2015 Conference!

  • The Pedagogy Project: A collaboration by HASTAC Scholars and others, with specific digital or collaborative assignments, in-class exercises and other projects. The book on the HASTAC site has over 80 specific and proven suggestions to shake up your syllabus! Do you have some cool ideas for the classroom? Let us know, and we can add it to the site!

  • What Is a Dissertation? #remixthediss: On October 10, 2014, hundreds of people tuned in for a panel discussion on innovative approaches to the dissertation. Hosted by CUNY Graduate Center and sponsored jointly by the Futures Initiative and Duke's PhD Lab, the panel featured five scholars in various disciplines who had either recently defended or would soon defend their dissertations. The room at the Graduate Center was filled to capacity, twenty virtual partners hosted simultaneous events around the world, and many others joined the livestream or participated via the Twitter hashtag, #remixthediss.

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