This Month at HASTAC!
Here’s what’s new and what’s coming in the HASTAC community for April 2018!
Introducing the new HASTAC Scholars Director: Adashima Oyo!
We are delighted to welcome Adashima Oyo as the incoming HASTAC Scholars Director, starting in Fall 2018! Oyo is a doctoral student in the Social Welfare program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She earned both an M.P.H. and a B.A. in English with Honors (which included a double minor in Health Sciences and African American Studies) from Brooklyn College, CUNY. Her research interests focus on health and educational disparities and the disproportionate burden of both on Black and Latino minority communities.
This announcement comes with mixed emotions, as it means that we will soon bid farewell to current HASTAC Scholars Director Kalle Westerling as he moves on to new projects. We are so excited for what comes next for Kalle, but HASTAC and especially the Scholars community will deeply miss his leadership. Stay tuned for next month's newsletter, where we will share just a small glimpse into all of the ways Kalle has helped the program to thrive during his years as Director (and Co-Director before that).
Some more updates from HASTAC Scholars:
- Two new interviews were recently published within our Interview Collection series: Anne Cong-Huyen (interviewed by Scholar Linda Luu) and Marcia Chatelain (interviewed by Scholar Molly Mann).
- HASTAC Scholar E. B. Hunter organized a symposium at Northwestern University around the question of why theatre artists and humanists are crucial to shaping the future of immersive technologies. She has written a recap blog that is linked here.
- Scholar Yingqi Puffy Zhao has posted a recap from the Spring Symposium at Indiana University Bloomington's Institute for Digital Arts & Humanities, focusing on Associate Professor Caleb Weintraub's inspiring and thought-provoking work process.
- Call for Submissions! A special issue of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, on “Teaching and Research with Archives,” is co-edited by HASTAC Scholar Danica Savonick.
- Recently, Scholars Michael DeAnda, Cody Mejeur, Rebecca Bayeck, and Jonathan Murray organized a Twitter chat on Bodies, Games and Boundaries, and Michael DeAnda wrote this “post-mortem” on what went well and what could have gone better.
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 American-based postdocs in order to build support networks for ourselves and those who come after us. Current, former, and future postdoctoral laborers are all welcome.
Join the group to engage in discussion and community building! Minutes from the previous virtual meetup can be found on HASTAC. Virtual meetups are scheduled the first Monday of each month, so keep an eye out for the time of the next meetup on May 7th.
“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!
See Cathy Davidson’s recent posts:
- “How Blogging Is (or Should Be) Essential to Active Learning and Radical Pedagogy”
- ”Censorship in Real Time: The Case of Chester Himes. A Video by Daniel Carlson”
HASTAC in the News
We are proud to announce that HASTAC was recently featured in an article by Lindsay McKenzie at Inside Higher Ed as an ethical model of social networking sites! Cathy Davidson, Co-Founder and Co-Director of HASTAC, and Elizabeth Grumbach, HASTAC's Director of Digital Content and Special Programs, discuss HASTAC's framework and basic principles.
Read more to learn why HASTAC's focus on user privacy is especially important in light of recent privacy concerns for social media platforms.
On March 28, the Futures Initiative hosted "Publics, Politics, and Pedagogy: Remaking Higher Education for Turbulent Times." Featured speakers included FI Faculty Fellows 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 and interactive sessions focused on topics such as the current states and stakes of higher education and the relationship between aesthetics, politics, and citizenship.
FI Interim Associate Director Frances Tran has written a detailed recap, complete with photos! Read all about the day here.
Asian American Digital Humanities Webinar
Thursday, May 3rd 12pm-1pm EST / 9am-10am PST
How does digital humanities intersect with research in Asian American Studies and history? This HASTAC webinar will feature librarians (including one HASTAC Scholar) who will discuss their digital humanities projects related to Asian American history and studies. Learn more about different tools, resources and case studies that enhance teaching, learning and research needs in the field of ethnic studies. Attendees will also learn how to collaborate with their librarians to support digital humanities projects. This webinar will be recorded and shared!
Are you an early-career #digitalscholar? Apply now for the New Scholars Seminar 2018 in Mexico City! The NSS18 will be part of DH 2018 taking place before the conference on June 25th, 2018. Applications are due May 18th.
HASTAC @ ASU
From the HASTAC Co-Director: It Is a Busy Time for Tech & Ethics
Read and respond to this blog post from HASTAC Co-Director Jacqueline Wernimont. It covers recent events and developments in tech and ethics that are relevant to the HASTAC community and the larger public.
Updates from #SouthwesternDH and #usLdh
The Recovery Project @APPRecovery hosted a fantastic workshop event (as part of their speakers series) on March 29th entitled, "Minimal Computing, Border Technologies and Other Marginal Practices in the Digital Humanities" with Alex Gil. The event, which was live streamed, was archived on their facebook page. Check it out!
Make sure to tune into the Recovery Project facebook livestream happening this Friday, April 27th: “Digital Culture and Cultural Hybridity: Reading Print-Digital Literature with Latin American Eyes” with Dr. Élika Ortega.
Updates from the Nexus Co-op
The Nexus Co-op, in collaboration with the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at ASU and local Phoenix developers, have been collaborating on the Park Central Mall project this semester. We are currently uploading historical photos and contextual narratives into a Scalar book to be published in June. Check out Jennifer Byron’s update about the latest step in the process here.
“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!
Mellon/ACLS Community College Faculty Fellowships
ACLS is accepting applications for a community college faculty fellowships! Applications for this new fellowship program are due on September 26, 2018. Check out full details on the ACLS website!