We are officially three weeks out from the HASTAC conference!
Our community is extremely grateful to the University of Central Florida for opening its doors to us. We are full of admiration for our incredible conference organizers, especially Conference Director Bruce Janz and Managing Director Amy Giroux. The organizing committee has arranged for a great #HASTAC17, despite the hurricane that swept Orlando. We are all anticipating our best conference yet!
Here are some essentials and highlights:
- Register now!
- Please remember that due to damage caused by Hurricane Irma the conference venue has moved to the University of Central Florida main campus in east Orlando.
- Post-conference events now announced. Sign up for museum tours and more now!
- Check out the Friday and Saturday plenary speakers! On Friday, we have a panel featuring Purdom Lindblad, Tressie McMillan Cottom, T-Kay Sangwand, and Anastasia Salter; on Saturday, we have Cathy N. Davidson for the closing plenary.
There will be two conference events open to the public! We hope to see you for the poster presentations on Friday, November 3rd (4:45-5:45pm ET), and the closing plenary and subsequent book signing by Cathy N. Davidson on Saturday, November 4th (4:30-7:00pm ET).
HASTAC Scholars Unconference 2017!
As scholars, we are faced with numerous institutional and professional dilemmas: How can we best utilize our unique skill sets in terms of finding opportunities to intersect our knowledge and application of digital tools with our “traditional” humanistic training? How do we deal professionally and emotionally with a job market at once oversaturated and underdeveloped? There are numerous unformed and undefined opportunities, in which we can use our expertise to take action and develop new genres, spaces, and modes for creating and communicating scholarship.
The Unconference is open to all HASTAC 2017 attendees but is a student-centered space, primarily aimed for junior scholars to meet and discuss with their peers. For that reason, it is important for faculty and postdocs to be mindful of their presence in any conversations during the unconference.
You can find more information at the HASTAC 2017 conference website.
“How To Make #NewEducation Work In Your Classroom Today”
In this blog post, HASTAC’s Co-Founder and Co-Director Cathy N. Davidson discusses how to adapt effective, activist, and engaged pedagogy to a lesson plan on a difficult text or author -- in this case Martin Heidegger -- as part of the #NewEducation movement. Since publication, Cathy’s book has been the subject of several HASTAC blog posts and Twitter chats. The New Education: How To Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux (Basic Books) will also be the subject of Cathy’s November 4th plenary talk at HASTAC 2017. This event is free and open to the public!
The HASTAC 2017 closing plenary begins at 4:30pm ET, with a book signing from 6pm-7pm ET. Come join HASTAC for a continued discussion on #NewEducation! (NB: To celebrate the publication of the book, the author contributes to a scholarship fund at the Graduate Center, CUNY.)
Tips for ACLS Fellowship Applications (and beyond!)
Emily F. Brooks’ post reports on the “New Horizons for Funding in the Humanities” workshop at The Center for Humanities and Public Sphere at the University of Florida. Speaker Matthew Goldfeder and respondents discussed applying to fellowships at the ACLS. Brooks shared tips and guidelines for successful ACLS applications -- tips that are also applicable to many other grant and fellowship opportunities! Read more from Brooks here.
Fellowship and grant opportunities currently available and open:
Group-based Scavenger Hunt Activity: A Reflection
On August 9th, Futures Initiative Fellow Mike Rifino led twenty-five undergraduate leadership fellows in a workshop at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Rifino’s blog post covers the activity he facilitated: the resource scavenger hunt. The rationale, lesson plan, outcomes, and reflection showcase the success of the activity. Check out the full blog post if you would like to incorporate similar activities into your lesson plans, or plan similar workshops at your institutions.
Digital Humanities and Social Change in the Undergraduate Classroom
Former Futures Initiative Fellows Danica Savonick and Lisa Tagliaferri have published a wonderful article on equitable digital learning environments in Digital Humanities Quarterly. “Building a Student-Centered (Digital) Learning Community with Undergraduates” argues that digital humanities projects can affect social change and equity in the undergraduate classroom. Read the whole article on the DHQ site.
Submit your proposal for Digital Humanities 2018 in Mexico City (June 26-29th, 2018) now!
- Paper/Poster/Panel proposals deadline: 27 November 2017, 11:59pm GMT-6
- Workshop/Tutorial proposals deadline: 16 February 2018, 11:59pm GMT-6
Digital Humanities at The MIT Press
30% off for HASTAC members!
The MIT Press is thrilled to offer members of HASTAC a 30% book discount on all MITP digital humanities titles. Use discount code MHASTAC30 when prompted during checkout to receive 30% off the list price. While this code can only be used for books purchased directly through the MIT Press website, it can be used more than once, for multiple titles, and for both print and e-editions. Happy reading from The MIT Press!