Welcome back, HASTAC!
Here’s what’s new, notable, and coming up in the HASTAC community for February 2018!
Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for CFP information - we’ll see you in Vancouver in May 2019!
I hope you all have had a productive break. Many HASTAC Scholars have been very busy, posting a whole bunch of new interviews in our Interview Collection with the leadership of HASTAC: Dean Rehberger, Jentery Sayers, T.L. Taylor, and Julie Thompson Klein were added in the past month. The Critical Coding Working Group have also been active in their group on HASTAC, and they have led several Twitter chats over the course of January. Christina Katopodis has written a great how-to for moderators of panels. And I went to the MLA conference in New York and wrote a recap of a panel on career planning for doctoral students as well as the Presidential Plenary on States of Insecurity featuring speakers Angela Davis, Anthony Romero, Cathy Davidson, and Judith Butler, moderated by Diana Taylor.
- Kalle Westerling, Director of HASTAC Scholars
Thank you, #CCSWG18!
Our colleagues with the Critical Code Studies Working Group, a biennial gathering of scholars interested in exploring culture through code, has created a group in HASTAC to share their conversations. The year marked the fifth working group meeting, making this CCSWG's ten-year anniversary. For each of three consecutive weeks scholars gathered to discuss #critcode topics such as gender and programming culture, critical and creative coding, and race and code.
As seen on HASTAC...
Dr. Julian Chambliss, Professor of History, Coordinator of the Africa and African-American Studies Program, Rollins College, has a wonderful series of blogs covering digital history in Florida, the legacy of Zora Neale Hurston, and race and comics at the Schomburg Black Comic Festival. Also, check out the Every Tongue Got to Confess podcast, a collaborative project between the Public History program at the University of Central Florida and the Association to Preserve Eatonville Community (PEC).
A new member of the Steering Committee, Prof. Chambliss has been a great addition to the HASTAC community, especially adding his expertise in race studies, community engagement, and the cross sections of new and old media. Make sure to follow his work on HASTAC and Twitter!
10 Key Points about Active Learning
“Black Listed” Course: Open, Public--Join us!
On January 30, 2018, Professors Shelly Eversley (Baruch College, CUNY) and Cathy N. Davidson (Graduate Center CUNY), along with Futures Initiative Fellow Allison Guess began a student-led, open, public course that includes a HASTAC group that anyone can join: "Black Listed: African American Writers and the Cold War Politics of Integration, Surveillance, Censorship, and Publication.” “Black Listed” is not only about this timely topic but is also about how open, free online tools (like groups on hastac.org) can be used to foster student engagement and a public contribution to knowledge.
- Over 800 visitors have been to one or more of the blogs posted to the site.
- Recaps of each class illustrate how to create a student-led course and use online tools to foster student-to-student and student-to-public exchange rather than one-way communication through the professor.
- Anyone can register at hastac.org and set up a group for free for a class, project, or informal group.
- Blog posts can be set to private membership or be open to the public.
“Co-Creating Social Change: Transformative Learning in a Community College” #fight4edu
The Futures Initiative will be hosting a livestreamed event at CUNY on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 12-2pm EST. Join an interdisciplinary panel of faculty and graduate students as they discuss peer activist learning communities aimed at community college retention. More information on the event can be found here.
We hope you can attend this fantastic event!
HASTAC @ ASU
From the Co-Director’s Desk
Jacqueline Wernimont’s Feminist Futurisms is a HASTAC @ ASU Bibliography on feminist science and technology studies (recommendations? please add to the list!), and Privacy, Security, and Your "Data Shadow" reminds us that though “connected data can never be perfectly secure,” we can make our data difficult to hack.
Douglass Day Transcribe-a-thon (February 14th, 2018)!
Although Frederick Douglass was born into bondage, and never knew his birthdate, he chose to celebrate every year on February 14th. We will commemorate his birthday by creating Black history together.
HASTAC @ ASU and the Nexus Co-op will sponsor a local event, but all are invited to celebrate Douglass’ birthday by transcribing and tuning into the livestream! The Freedmen’s Bureau Transcription Project will allow anyone with internet access to research his or her family’s history online. The National Museum of African American History and Culture began this project in an effort to help African Americans discover their ancestors and help historians better understand the years following the Civil War. Learn more about how to participate from Colored Conventions.
Public Humanities, Local Histories
The Nexus Digital Research Co-op has launched their first seed project, the Park Central Mall Project. As one of the first malls in the southwest, Park Central’s history tells us how Phoenix developed into the city it is today. In collaboration with local developers, ASU faculty, and ASU Libraries, Nexus will interweave archival documents, oral histories, and contextual research into a social media narrative and multimodal book via Scalar. Follow the story on our Nexus Twitter, Instagram, and via the #ParkCentralStory hashtag on all platforms!
Updates from #SouthwesternDH
This February, “Elaborating and Advancing #SouthwesternDH: An Interactive Organizing Panel” will be a featured panel at the third annual Utah Symposium on the Digital Humanities at Utah State University! HASTAC @ ASU and the Nexus Co-op will join colleagues from the University of Houston’s Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project (Recovery) and Arte Público Press to enhance regional relationships in order to elaborate and advance our distinctive southwestern approaches to DH.
Apply now for a two-year postdoc opportunity with the Futures Initiative and Humanities Alliance at CUNY! Applications due February 15, 2018. Details on the position and a link to apply have been posted by Katina Rogers on HASTAC.
“Community College and the Futures of the Humanities”: Call for Papers
Submit a proposal for the upcoming Humanities Alliance conference, "Community College and the Futures of the Humanities," to be held on October 18-19, 2018, at LaGuardia Community College and the Graduate Center. Learn more and submit your proposal by March 31, 2018.
Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships
ACLS is accepting applications for community college faculty fellowships! Applications for this new fellowship program are due on September 26, 2018. Check out full details on the ACLS website!
#DH2018 Workshop/Tutorial Proposals
Workshop/Tutorial Proposals for Digital Humanities 2018 in Mexico City (June 26-29th, 2018) are due by 16 February 2018, 11:59pm (GMT-6)!