This Month at HASTAC!
Here’s what’s new and what’s coming in the HASTAC community for March 2018.
“Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education”
Vancouver, BC | May 16-19th, 2019
Musqueam Traditional Territory
Hosted by the Universities of
Victoria and British Columbia
Mark your calendars, and start thinking of project ideas—the CFP will be released in early summer, but it's not too soon to start brainstorming. We’ll see you in Vancouver in May 2019!
“Between 2007 and 2017, the Digital Media and Learning Competition program supported individuals, groups, programs, and institutions in the use and development of sound technologies that inspire learning and contribute to society. The Competition awarded over $13 million to more than 100 ‘connected learning’ projects in some 20 countries...”
Read more about HASTAC and the Digital Media and Learning Competition in “Inspiring Learning With and About Ethical Technologies” - an overview of a decade of insights, lessons, and accomplishments of over 350 grantees of the Digital Media and Learning Competitions, administered by HASTAC and supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Then, hop over to the HASTAC blog to read “What We Learned from a Decade of Digital Media and Learning,” from HASTAC Co-Director Cathy Davidson.
Back in time with HASTAC!
And for a long, backward glance at HASTAC history, read this first press release (recently rediscovered) from a 2003 HASTAC conference of 55 scholars held at the University of California at Irvine, and reported in the professional journal Grid Today. HASTAC was founded in 2002, before Facebook or even MySpace (remember that?). An NSF evaluator has dubbed HASTAC “the world’s first and oldest academic social network.”
Professionalizing your Digital Identity
Clear your cache, or open a browser you never use, and google your name. Are you happy with what you see? Take this opportunity to think about what a search committee sees when they google you. A recent Futures Initiative workshop talked about developing a personal website, increasing clicktivity, what you can and cannot control on the internet, debates about using LinkedIn and Academia.edu, and how to use Twitter to develop a professional network.
Christina Katopodis, a doctoral candidate in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY, organized "Professionalizing Your Digital Identity," a Futures Initiative Thursday Dialogue, on March 1st. Read through her Google slide presentation for an introduction to building your presence online.
This past month, we collaborated with the team hosting the 5th biennial online discussion Critical Code Studies Working Group. In the past couple of weeks, we have had some recaps of some of this year’s major topics: Teddy Roland wrote a recap post of the week on “Critical + Creative Coding” and Catherine Griffiths wrote one about Race and Code. Another awesome organization, Scholars for Social Justice, recently hosted their first Twitter chat. Linda Luu wrote a recap of it: "Racism, Resistance, and Free Speech.” If you’re thinking about opening a Digital Scholarship Lab, Rebekah Small has written a “best practices” interview with the folks who opened the new Digital Scholarship Lab at Michigan State University. Emily Esten was a TA for Brown’s first gamified, online-only general education course in the humanities and has written a blog post on her four major lessons from her position.
-Kalle Westerling, Director of HASTAC Scholar
How and under what conditions can postdoctoral positions in the humanities be mutually beneficial to both fellows and institutions, especially when these positions are labor-intensive? This HASTAC group was designed to bring together a community of North America-based postdocs in order to build support networks. Current, former, and future postdoctoral laborers are all welcome.
“Black Listed” Course: Open, Public - Join us!
Join Professors Shelly Eversley (Baruch College, CUNY) and Cathy N. Davidson (Graduate Center CUNY), along with Futures Initiative Fellow Allison Guess, for an open, public course: "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. Read recent posts by Davidson and Guess to learn more, then join the HASTAC group to participate!
Join the Futures Initiative on Wednesday, March 28 for "Publics, Politics, and Pedagogy: Remaking Higher Education for Turbulent Times." Featured speakers include Gilda Barabino, Claire Bishop, David Caicedo, Katherine Chen, Colette Daiute, Cathy N. Davidson, Shelly Eversley, Ofelia García, Amita Gupta, Wendy Luttrell, Ruth Milkman, Paul Ramirez-Jonas, Rosario Torres-Guevara, and many more, including graduate and undergraduate students across CUNY. Panels will focus on topics such as the current states and stakes of higher education and the relationship between aesthetics, politics, and citizenship. Select sessions will be livestreamed; stay tuned for more details.
HASTAC @ ASU
Race and Genetics Events at ASU
On Tuesday, March 27th, Dr. Alondra Nelson will discuss how DNA-based techniques are being used to grapple with the unfinished business of slavery: to foster reconciliation, to establish ties with ancestral homelands, to rethink citizenship, and to make legal claims for slavery reparations.
Join ASU Scholars for conversation and capacity building on Friday, March 23rd from 8am-1pm. Drs. Melissa A. Wilson Sayres, Matthew Delmont, Jacqueline Wernimont, and Johnny Kung will discuss topics related to race and ethnicity, then facilitate a discussion on methods and infrastructures to improve human health.
Updates from #SouthwesternDH and #usLdh
#SouthwesternDH: Regional Collaborations and Local Histories
Dr. Lorena Gauthereau has posted notes and reflections following the #SouthwesternDH panel at the 3rd Utah Symposium on Digital Humanities (which took place at Utah State University). To learn why regional collaborations are important to HASTAC and the Recovery Project, visit the HASTAC post or the Recovery post today.
This public lecture took place on Thursday, March 1st at the University of Houston, as part of the Digital Humanities and Social Justice series organized by our colleagues at Arte Público Press/Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage. The recorded livestream is available on the Recovery website.
Archives in the Anthropocene with Purdom Lindblad
This public lecture took place on Thursday, February 15th at the University of Houston, as part of the Digital Humanities and Social Justice series organized by our colleagues at Arte Público Press/Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage. The recorded livestream is available on the Recovery website.
“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.
A Master's Program in Digital Humanities is currently being offered at EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland. The deadline for the application to the Master's Program for the next academic year will be April 15, 2018. See their website for more details about the program and application process! Good luck to those of you who plan to apply!
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!