HASTAC 2013: The Storm of Progress: New Horizons, New Narratives, New Codes was hosted by York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The conference was organized by Caitlin Fisher, Canada Research Chair in Digital Culture; Director, Augmented Reality Lab; Associate Professor of Film, York University, and Maureen Engel, Assistant Professor, Humanities Computing, University of Alberta.
2013 marked the tenth anniversary of HASTAC’s founding. In that spirit, HASTAC 2013 showcased work that is either reflective or prescient, that evaluates our digital histories and seeks to construct our digital future(s). The conference organizers invited contributors to take this opportunity to look back, theorize and archive. They invited them to engage in the creative, if impossible, attempt to glimpse the digital future, and they challenged them to shape it. And researchers from across Canada, the United States and Europe and from as far away as Australia came to Toronto to share how they and their teams, their research labs, their classrooms and their students are building the technologies and subjects of the future or imagining new horizons of possibility for the ways in which we will make, teach, learn and find community in the coming decade(s).
HASTAC 2013 brought together 5 keynote speakers, 150 refereed papers, panels and demos, a maker space, curated digital performances and more than 300 attendees including established and emerging scholars, artists and authors, tech entrepreneurs and teachers, to explore alternative modes of creating, innovating, and critiquing that better address the interconnected, diverse, interactive global nature of knowledge today, both in the academy and beyond. The conference sessions deepened our understanding of the role of digital technologies and media and the changes in behaviour and ways of learning and working currently underway.