HASTAC Conferences


Upcoming HASTAC Conferences

HASTAC 2020: "Hindsight, Foresight, Insight"​

Mark your calendars now for October 15-18, 2020!  Led by Dean Anne Balsamo, one of HASTAC’s original founders, a team at the exciting, visionary new School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at the University of Texas at Dallas will host #HASTAC2020.  Playing on the idea of hindsight as twenty-twenty vision, #HASTAC2020 will embrace the theme: Hindsight, Foresight, Insight,” to think about where we began in 2001 and where technology in general was at that time.  We will also think forward, meditate on the path we have taken, and include final workshops where, together, we plan new projects, new actions, new forms of collective engagement.   In the Fall, you will begin to see more information about #HASTAC2020 and then calls for proposals. We are thrilled and grateful to Dean Balsamo and her team and to the University of Texas at Dallas.

HASTAC 2022:

Spring 2022 (tentatively set as May 26-28), #HASTAC2022 comes to Pratt Institute in New York City, led by Chris Alen Sula, a professor in the School of Information and Coordinator of Digital Humanities and M.S. in Data Analytics & Visualization.

About HASTAC Conferences

Our annual HASTAC conferences are hosted by affiliate organizations at locations around the globe. Previous conferences have taken place at Duke University in Durham, NC; University of California Humanities Research Institute (on the UCI campus) and UCLA: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; a fourteen-site international virtual conference; University of Michigan; York University in Toronto, Canada; and at the Ministry of Culture in Lima, Peru.

The conference usually attracts between 250-450 attendees from around the world. Attendees include professors, independent scholars, HASTAC Scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, and professionals dedicated to using the open web to change the way we teach and learn.

Recent HASTAC Conferences

Unceded Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Territory
UBC Vancouver
16-18 May 2019

On 16-18 May 2019, the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), in partnership with the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Department of English at the University of Victoria (UVic), will be guests on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) people, facilitating a conference about decolonizing technologies and reprogramming education.

The conference held up and supported Indigenous scholars and knowledges, centering work by Indigenous women and women of colour. It engaged how technologies are, can be, and have been decolonized. How, for instance, are extraction technologies repurposed for resurgence? Or, echoing Ellen Cushman, how do we decolonize digital archives? Equally important, how do decolonial and anti-colonial practices shape technologies and education? How, following Kimberlé Crenshaw, are such practices intersectional? How do they correspond with what Grace Dillon calls Indigenous Futurisms? And how do they foster what Eve Tuck and Wayne Yang describe as an ethic of incommensurability, unsettling not only assumptions of innocence but also discourses of reconciliation?
Check out posts from the Director of Programs and Administration Katina Rogers HASTAC 2019: Reflections and Gratitude; Plenaries by Jules Arita Koostachin, Elizabeth LaPensee, Alana Sayers, Melody McKiver, Leanne Simpson, Karyn Recollet and Kim van der Woerd.
Conference logo for #hastac2019 by Diamond Point.


HASTAC 2017: The Possible Worlds of Digital Humanities

November 3-4, 2017
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

The HASTAC 2017: The Possible Worlds of Digital Humanities, was held in Orlando, Florida on November 3-4, 2017. The lead sponsor and organizing group for the conference was the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium (FLDH.org), which included a dozen different organizations working collaboratively on this project.

The title suggests the simulation theme, and also the hard problems that are on the horizon for DH, and how addressing them might open new areas of research and creative work. It is also a nod to science fiction, and hence has a popular angle also.

HASTAC 2016: Impact, Variation, Innovation, Action

May 11-15, 2016
Nexus Lab, Arizona State University

The HASTAC 2016 conference was held May 11-15, 2016 at the Arizona State University's Nexus Lab in Tempe, AZ. The conference aimed to emphasize and encourage broader conversations about the past, current, and potential impact of interdisciplinary work in research and education. If the digital humanities are one successful configuration of humanistic and technological research domains, what other configurations are available, or urgently necessary? 

HASTAC 2016 investigated the potential for new work, and also encourages participants to engage ways that collaborative teams might use channels beyond academic publication to impact local communities, national conversations, and worldwide systems.

Check out posts from the HASTAC Scholars Unconference; keynotes by Gary Dirks and Liza Potts; panels on the University Worth Fighting For; and more! These posts and many others have been collected in the HASTAC 2016 group; all are welcome to join and add content.

HASTAC 2016 Sponsors

Arizona Science Foundation 
ASU Center for Science and Imagination 
ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Humanities
ASU Department of English
ASU Lightworks 
GitHub Education 
Institute for Humanities Research 
MLA Connected Academics 


HASTAC 2015: Exploring the Art & Science of Digital Humanities

May 27-30, 2015
Michigan State University

HASTAC 2015 conference was held May 27-30, 2015 at the Kellogg Center on the campus of Michigan State University. Connecting with HASTAC’s interdisciplinary mission, the conference's theme was the “Art and Science of Digital Humanities” and challenged participants to consider how the interplay of science, technology, social sciences, humanities, and arts are producing new forms of knowledge, disrupting older forms, challenging or reifying power relationships, among other possibilities. The conference featured a mini-conference for HASTAC Scholars followed by two full days of conference activities and opportunities for collaboration.

The keynotes were presented by:

Some things to check out from the conference:

Please add your own presentations, notes, thoughts, photos, storified tweets, or any other inspirations from the conference to the HASTAC 2015 Conference group!

For more information about the conference, please see www.hastac2015.org


HASTAC 2014: Hemispheric Pathways - Critical Makers in International Networks

The HASTAC 2014 conference was held in Lima, Peru (April 24-27, 2014).

This international conference was graciously hosted by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with HASTAC, the Organization of American States (OAS), and several other key partnering institutions from North, Central, and South America.

More information can also be found as follows: 

Past HASTAC Conferences: