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ASU and Nexus Lab Becomes New HASTAC Partner

ASU and Nexus Lab Becomes New HASTAC Partner

The Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) has announced Arizona State University as its partner institution after a competitive, nation-wide search. HASTAC is a leading organization in the pursuit of innovative modes of research and education, with over 15,000 members and 400 affiliated organizations around the world.

The announcement comes at the conclusion of a competitive nationwide search in which three semi-finalists were invited to submit detailed proposals offering their vision for HASTAC. ASU was chosen as a partner uniquely positioned to advance HASTAC’s core mission and values: innovative, collaborative, open, transdisciplinary research and teaching made stronger by diversity. HASTAC’s Steering Committee made the final selection.

At Arizona State University, HASTAC will be embedded within the Nexus Lab for Digital Humanities and Computational Informatics. The Nexus Lab was created by Dr. Michael Simeone in 2013 as a hub for digital humanities collaborations at ASU. In the past three years, the Nexus Lab has created new research collaborations and pathways both on campus and off, played a key role in several major research grants, and attained national prominence by hosting the HASTAC 2016 conference in Tempe.

Dr. Jacqueline Wernimont, Assistant professor of English and Interim Director of the Nexus Lab at ASU, will be HASTAC’s new co-director. Wernimont has more than a decade of experience in digital humanities and digital cultures. She is a nationally recognized leader in digital archives, feminist digital media, histories of quantification, and technologies of commemoration. Wernimont also has a long track record of working with HASTAC, having received a Digital Media and Learning grant in 2015, administered by HASTAC.

Filling the role previously held by prestigious institutions such as Duke University and Stanford, ASU will divide HASTAC’s central administration with the City University of New York (CUNY). HASTAC Co-Founding Director Cathy N. Davidson (Director of the Futures Initiative, CUNY Graduate Center) explains that ASU was chosen from a highly competitive pool because “ASU's proposal was a model of vision, practicality, and innovation with an emphasis too on access, inclusion, and diversity.” She added that “this should come as no surprise… ASU has distinguished itself as one of the most forward-looking universities in the United States.”

In tandem with CUNY leadership, Wernimont will now oversee and further develop HASTAC’s significant sources of data, research, technology, and social networking expertise, as well as its cutting-edge website. HASTAC is considered the world’s first and oldest academic social network, and serves as a virtual commons for everything from creative collaboration opportunities to the latest news on pioneering educational technology. Wernimont feels “deeply honored” to be working with Cathy Davidson and the HASTAC community, explaining that “this partnership allows CUNY and ASU to work together to continue transforming higher education and research such that it is inclusive, of public value, and assumes responsibility for the care of our communities.”

The Nexus Lab, a project of ASU’s Institute for Humanities Research aimed at growing the digital humanities alongside interdisciplinary collaborations among the humanities, science, and technology. In the three years since its inception, the lab has grown to become one of the leading centers for innovative modes of research at ASU. Such work is key to addressing the mounting “wicked problems” faced by humanity. “The grand challenges that the world faces today, including issues related to water, energy, security and food, cannot be solved by just one discipline,” said Sethuraman Panchanathan, executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise Development and chief research and innovation officer at ASU. “Researchers from across disciplines have to work together to find comprehensive and sustainable solutions for these challenges. ASU is one of world’s leading universities in driving innovative, interdisciplinary research and discoveries. The partnership with HASTAC will help us have a wider, more transformational impact.”

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Nexus Lab hosts HASTAC 2016 Conference

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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