digital humanities

Nexus Lab hosts HASTAC 2016 Conference

The Nexus Lab organized and hosted the 2016 HASTAC Conference, themed around "impact, variation, innovation, and action in the digital humanities," on ASU's Tempe campus from May 11-14, 2016. HASTAC '16 brought together over 200 participants from across the U.S. and the world for four days of events, including...

  • an "unconference" workshop for early-career scholars to share ideas and tools;
  • two days of paper presentations, interactive panels, poster displays, plenary addresses, meet-ups, and receptions;
  • and two post-conference workshops on telling stories from data, as well as making, designing, and using wearable devices and technologies.

The conference featured papers, interactive workshops, and birds-of-a-feather sessions that sought to answer the question, "if the digital humanities are one successful configuration of humanistic and technological research domains, what other configurations are available, resurgent, or necessary?" Through this agenda, scholars presented research that impacts and intersects with the concerns of local communities, national conversations, or worldwide systems.

Conference participants attended two plenary sessions, each featuring talks from distinguished scholars and leaders in transdisciplinary research. On Thursday, May 12, ASU President Dr. Michael Crow delivered opening remarks for the conference, highlighting Arizona State's "new American university" charter, and emphasizing the university's community-engaged mission to measure success "by who we include and how they succeed." Dr. Gary Dirks, director of the Global Institute of of Sustainability and ASU LightWorks, followed President Crow with reflections on the large-scale challenges of energy use and sustainability, and how humanistic thinking can be mobilized to solve such globally sweeping "wicked problems." On Friday, May 13, Dr. Liza Potts delivered a talk on "Experience Architecture: How the Humanities Goes to Work." Dr. Potts, an associate professor in Michigan State University's Department of Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures, drew upon previous experience at Microsoft and in tech startups to create an interdisciplinary undergraduate program combining digital humanities, computer science, rhetoric, philosophy, and user-centered design. Videos of both Dr. Dirks' keynote on solutions, scale, and sustainability (along with Dr. Michael Crow's introductory remarks), and Dr. Potts' keynote on experience architecture and the humanities are available on Vimeo.

Several ASU faculty and graduate students also presented their research at HASTAC 2016 sessions, including...

  • Susan Bernstein, Stretch Program Co-Coordinator and Department of English Lecturer, Shillana Sanchez, Department of English Lecturer, and James Wermers, College of Letters and Sciences Digital Humanities Course Manager, who facilitated a session on "Blended Stretch Writing at ASU"
  • Michael Burnam-Fink, Human & Social Dimensions of Science & Technology PhD student, who spoke on "Eventuality: Imagining a Future for the Humanities Through Collaborative Storytelling"
  • Kristin Koptiuch, Associate Professor of Anthropology (ASU West Campus), who presented on "Taquerías Conversos: Digital Visualization of Latino Immigrant Impact on Arizona Cityscapes"
  • Sean Moxley-Kelly, Writing, Rhetorics & Literacies PhD Student, who presented on "Wikipedia in the Classroom: A Window on Technical Communication Praxis"
  • Allegra W. Smith, Writing, Rhetorics & Literacies PhD student, who spoke on "Technoliterate Lives: Troubling the Digital Native/Immigrant Binary," as well as presenting a poster on technofeminist research methodologies that won the top prize in the HASTAC graduate student poster competition
  • Lori Talarico, Learning, Literacies & Technologies PhD student, who presented research on "#writersofinstagram: An Online Affinity Space for Visual Writing"
  • Geoffrey Way and Valerie Fazel, Department of English Instructors, who spoke on "A Digital Renaissance: Innovating in Medieval and Early Modern Studies"
  • Jacqueline Wernimont, Assistant Professor of English, who presented on "Disrupting the Archive: Multi-media approaches to Latina/os and Eugenic Sterilization in 20th century California," "Critical Design, Deviant Critique," and "Towards a Diverse and Different DH: An Open Forum to Discuss Protocols and Procedures for the Global Transdisciplinary Digital Humanities"

HASTAC (the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory), is an interdisciplinary community of scholars and practitioners changing teaching and learning, and the first and oldest academic social network. Additional information about individual conference sessions and workshops has been curated by the HASTAC and Futures ED initiative fellows, and is available in the #HASTAC16 group on the HASTAC website.

The Nexus Lab would like to thank HASTAC for the opportunity to host their annual conference, as well as all of the university and community partners whose donations and time made the event possible. Sponsors of HASTAC '16 included...

  • Github Education
  • ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • The Institute for Humanities Research at ASU
  • ASU LightWorks
  • ASU Department of English
  • ASU College of Science and Imagination
  • The MLA Connected Academics initiative
  • The Arizona Science Foundation

Photo courtesy of Dr. Bruce Matsunaga, Department of English Director of Digital Technology. For more photos of the HASTAC 2016 conference, see Dr. Matsunaga's Flickr album.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr. Dawn Opel and IHR Communication & Office Assistant Jessica Wochner staff the registration table at the 2016 HASTAC Conference, "Impact, Variation, Innovation, Action," at Coor Hall on ASU's Tempe campus
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CFP: “Digital Humanities in Human Rights, Diasporas, Gender & Film”

XIX Spanish Graduate Literature Conference, Talk Series, & Pragda Film Festival
School of International Letters and Cultures
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

“Digital Humanities in Human Rights, Diasporas, Gender & Film”

March 25th, April 8th and April 15th 2016

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Michael Simeone, Dr. Juan Pablo Gil-Oslé, Dr. Sujey Vega

The Spanish Graduate Student Association (SPAGRAD) at Arizona State University invites you to participate in its 19th Annual Literature, Culture, and Visual Arts Conference and Talk Series. This year, our conference looks to explore new critical and interdisciplinary approaches as they relate to issues of social justice and human rights in literary and cultural production.

Digital Humanities can be defined as an area that applies the knowledge of new technologies to the problems of human sciences. Recently there has been a surge of interest in regards to the impact of technology within the field of the humanities, and how these tools permit scholars to disseminate their work to a wider audience, organize and deposit their work in archives, and also explore and present material on various topics in a manner which was previously inaccessible. These Digital Humanities can be found in any form through which information or a message is communicated, that today is understood scholarly work and mass media such as: newspapers, television, social networks, the blogosphere and/or the Internet in general. For these reasons, it is of utmost importance to consider the shift from analogue materials into the realm of the digital as this is the direction in which the academic community is moving.

Thus, the organizing committee requests that submissions be related to the aforementioned themes within, but not limited to, the following topics:

ROUND TABLE March 25th: Gender, Cinema, and Digital Humanities
Keynote: Dr. Michael Simeone
In this topic, works will be accepted that have as an objective sexual identity, sexual dissidence, queer theory, feminist literary criticism, women’s writing, gay and lesbian writing as well as all cultural manifestation that arises from canonic identity destabilization. Equally, works that discuss diverse sexual and feminist identity struggles as well as their link with cultural production, social justice and human rights. Some possible topics within this subarea could be related to body and text, body and its corresponding nationalistic designs, sexualities and its multiple aspects and restrictions. Critical works on cinema may be submitted; the objective is to observe how film is related to society, reality, the human being, earth and other artistic areas. In this round table theme composition, techniques, theories, expressions, topics, influences, audiovisual arte and the incorporation of gender identity may be encompassed.

ROUND TABLE April 8st: Diasporas
Keynote: Dr. Juan Pablo Gil-Osle
Here studies related to identity as the foundation of social self-naming as a response to an imposition of social, gender, sexual, national, territorial and ethnic identities, among others may be addressed. Other possibilities include, but are not limited to border fluidity, physical border reality, fictional border reality, border invention, border purpose, border ideological, social and political extensions and their link to social justice and human rights. The comprehension of “identity, border and nationality” is not restricted to those imposed by social-political, economic or geographic reality.

ROUND TABLE April 15th: Human Rights
Keynote: Dr. Sujey Vega
It is necessary to analyze issues of human rights in an effort to vindicate individuals and social groups in order to assert their condition and access to a space and time that will enable total social incorporation and sef-development. Raising attention to the plight of issues regarding human rights can be seen via the recent phenomenon of hashtags, social media networks, the use of documentary film, photography and news media outlets.

Please send all abstracts to the following email:

All abstracts must be 250 words maximum in Spanish, English, or Portuguese. Please submit the title of paper/panel, name of presenter, university affiliation, email address, and a brief curriculum, with 150 words maximum. Presentations are typically 15 minutes. The deadline for submissions is March 17, 2015.

Conference organizers will contact you regarding acceptance within a maximum of two weeks after receiving proposal. Please confirm your attendance before March 17, 2015 by email, or by postal service to the following address:

Jennifer Byron
Arizona State University – Tempe Campus-P.O. Box 870202
Tempe, AZ 85287-0202

Conference registration fee will be $35 before March 10th and $45 after the confirmation date. Please be sure to pay the registration fee upon notification of approval. There is no cost f

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