HASTAC Scholars

The HASTAC Scholars program is an innovative student community. Each year a new cohort is accepted into the program, and the Scholars come from 75+ universities, and dozens of disciplines. We are building a community of students working at the intersection of technology and the arts, humanities and sciences. As HASTAC Scholars, we blog, host online forums, develop new projects and organize events. Much of our work here centers around rethinking pedagogy, learning, research & academia for the digital age. Join us!



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 It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens - Collaborative Book Review



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Social Text Seeks a Managing Editor

August 5 2015
Jobs and Fellowships
Managing Editor sought for Social Text, a quarterly scholarly journal with editorial offices in New York City. The successful candidate will have experience in both print and electronic publishing, and should have an active interest in exploring innovations in these areas. Ideally, she or he will...

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HASTAC Scholars Unconference #HASTAC2015

Our annual HASTAC conference is coming up from May 27-30th at Michigan State University.

On May 27th, the HASTAC Scholars have an unconference for informal workshops, informations sharing and networking! 

If you are coming to this HASTAC Scholars Unconference, please use this forum to briefly talk about what you'd be interested in sharing or learning on that afternoon. You can reply to other Scholars' comments to add your interest to their topic, or add your own at the bottom of the forum. 

Possible ideas include:

Quantified Self and the Politics of Self-Tracking

Forum / Technology, Networks & Sciences

Quantified Self and the Politics of Self-Tracking

The Quantified Self (QS) has been the topic of much discussion recently in tandem with the development of consumer tracking applications and services. QS is a global network of individuals who voluntarily track various aspects of their bodies and lives, most often with digital and wearable technologies. If an aspect of the self can be counted, it's probably been tracked by a member of the QS community. The motivation is self knowledge and the means is numerical data.

On Hacking in the Classroom


On Hacking in the Classroom

This forum will explore why hacking may be a viable entry point into discussion and methodologies around ethics in a technological society. What are the different societal perceptions of hacking (are they all negative)? How can hacking skills be employed in ethical ways, and why might undergraduate computer science students learn how to hack?




Big and Messy Data Collaboration: Sticky Workshop

The purpose of the post conference workshop was to help participants, given the information they just received, figure out places where more work could be done, streamline, or expanded.

Workshop Design: Participants were placed in groups of 5 to 6 people. Each person received a three sticky notes in different colors. The colors represented different things.


Color 1: Take aways from the morning session

Color 2: What we need to keep talking about

Color 3: Future collaboration possibilities


Dis/Ability: Moving Beyond Access in the Academy

Forum / Teaching & Learning Practices

Dis/Ability: Moving Beyond Access in the Academy

Often, accessibility is—as Jay Dolmage and John Slatin have argued—a retrofit or add on. That is, it is often not an integral part of our theoretical conversations, classroom spaces, and technologies. It is this attention to technology, though, which focuses this forum and can—in many ways—begin to centralize dis/ability. For example, clear online accessibility guidelines developed by such initiatives as The Accessibility Project and WebAIM bring diverse user experiences to the forefront of web design.