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Call for proposals: HASTAC 2011 Conference: Digital Scholarly Communication--UPDATED

Call for proposals: HASTAC 2011 Conference: Digital Scholarly Communication--UPDATED

HASTAC 2011: Digital Scholarly Communication

What will a dissertation or monograph look like (or sound like) in 20 years? With new forms of digital scholarship evolving, how can credit be given for projects that are non-traditional? How will university presses and libraries publish and archive new and evolving forms of scholarship?

The creation and sharing of new academic knowledge in the 21st century is pushing the boundaries of traditional systems of scholarship. Our question to a diverse audience from both within and beyond the academy is: What next? How do we adapt our systems, practices, and institutions to the creation, display, communication, presentation, dissemination, and organization of 21st century digital scholarship?

Librarians, PhD students, junior scholars, faculty up for tenure, archivists, Masters students, multimedia artists, publishers, school teachers, technology designers, innovators, digital humanists at any stage in their careers -- all have a stake in how we re-imagine digital scholarly communication.

HASTAC 2011 invites you to join this lively discussion of digital scholarly communication in the 21st century.

  • Where: Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • When: December 2-3, 2011
  • What: A face-to-face Conference and unConference*, featuring both traditional and non-traditional forms of scholarship, including panels, keynotes, lightening talks, posters, a digital demo space and gallery (the *unConference will take place December 1)
  • Cost to attend: Corporate: $300, Academics: $150, Students $75        
  • Deadline for proposal submissions: September 15, 2011  (submit proposals:
  • HASTAC 2011 website:         

Submit proposals for presentations, posters or demos that explore the following range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Reformulating scholarly projects and products for different audiences
  • Reconsidering questions of narration and argumentation, evidence and epistemology, interactivity, and/or text/visual presentation
  • Re-mapping the routes through which scholarly products circulate and recirculate
  • Expanding the digital and new media arts to include the humanities and vice versa
  • Reshaping the global system of knowledge production in the humanities, including access, circulation, exchange and equity both within the global north and between the global north and south
  • Generating new kinds of research, modes of teaching, and partnerships
  • Expanding new forms of dissertations and theses
  • Copyright challenges and strategies for digital scholarly communication
  • Web design and digitization of archives for multiple and different constituencies (local communities, global peers)
  • New forms of digitally based humanities research.

Presentations may include the following formats:

  • Individual five-minute “lightening” talks or ten-minute lecture-style presentations, with or without technology (e.g., PPT, Prezi)
  • Panels featuring a common theme with short presentations , followed by discussion, with or without technology
  • Posters or demos displayed digitally (e.g., YouTube or other presentation format uploaded to the conference website; laptop-based video on a continuous loop, slidecast, interactive website; print poster board, etc.)

(Presenters will have the option of pre-circulating materials on the website before and during the conference.)

HASTAC 2011 highlights:

  • Keynotes by Siva Vaidhyanathan (The Googlization of Everything), Dan Cohen (Open Access and Crowd Sourcing), Josh Greenberg (Public Digital Display), Dan Atkins (Cyber-infrastructure), and Cathy Davidson (co-founder of HASTAC and author of Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work and Learn)
  • A digital projection by Paul Kaiser and the Open Ended Group with text by Merce Cunningham
  • A 2-hour tour of the renown UM Digital Commons with top music technology and 3D labs, ending with two screenings of 3D work by the Open Ended Group
  • A world premiere of the Open Ended Group’s piece commissioned by the Institute for the Humanities’ Mary Kidder fellowship, based on 12,000 images shot in the Packard Building in Detroit
  • HASTAC 2011 unConference*

*Check for information on the HASTAC unConference at

HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, pronounced "haystack") is a network of networks, an organization of over 7,000 individuals and institutions inspired by the possibilities that new technologies offer for shaping how society learns, teaches, communicates, creates, and organizes at local and global levels. Membership is open and free through

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The Institute for the Humanities is a center for innovative, collaborative study in the humanities and arts. Our mission is to serve as a national and international centerpiece for scholarly research in the humanities and creative work in the arts.  We exist to deepen synergies between the humanities, the arts and other regions of the university, to carry forward the heritage of the humanities, and to bring the voices of the humanities to public life.

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