HASTAC in Michigan!

HASTAC 2015: Exploring the Art & Science of Digital Humanities
May 27-30, 2015 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Submissions Deadline EXTENDED to: October 31, 2014, 5:00pm EST

Join us on the campus of Michigan State University to celebrate and
explore the range of Digital Humanities Scholarship, Research, and
Performance! We welcome sessions that address, exemplify, and
interrogate the interdisciplinary nature of DH work. HASTAC 2015
challenges participants to consider how the interplay of science,
technology, social sciences, humanities, and arts are producing new
forms of knowledge, disrupting older forms, challenging or reifying
power relationships, among other possibilities.  Themes addressed by the
conference include:

  • the changing nature of humanities research and scholarship
  • indigenous culture, decolonial and post-colonial theory and technology
  • technology and education­
  • open learning, peer learning, and issues of access, equity for primary and/or higher education
  • communication of knowledge, publishing, and intellectual property
  • digital cultural heritage and hegemony
  • crowd dynamics, global outreach, and social media
  • technology and social identity and roles:  gender, race, and other
  • identities
  • digital animation and other visualization media arts and sciences
  • games and gaming, including for learning
  • community development including the importance of art and culture
  • mobile technologies, activity streams, and experience design
  • cognitive and other dimensions of creativity, innovation, and scholarship

We seek proposals for participant presentations in the following

* 5-8 minute lightning talks
* 15-20 minute talks
* 75 minute curated panels (lightning talks, longer talks, curated conversation)
* project demos
* digital and/or print posters
* creative performances or exhibitions
* maker sessions or workshops

For each submission, we will need the following information from you:
1) complete contact information including valid phone, email, and
institutional affiliation, if any;
2) 500 word abstract of the work you would like to present that must
discuss its relationship to the conference themes;
3) any technical requirements or other support (including space
requirements) that may be required for the presentation.  For
exhibitions or other performances, please indicate any equipment that is
absolutely required and that you cannot bring with you.  In the event
that we cannot guarantee access to the equipment, we regret that we may
not be able to accept your proposal.

Submit your proposal here.


Digital Pedagogy Series

“Using Computer-Based Tools to Analyze Academic Writing with Students”

Laura Aull, Wake Forest University

Friday, October 18, 2013; 2pm

Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer, #1022

This talk will introduce freeware tools, activities, and sample projects that showcase features of undergraduate academic writing and invite students to analyze their own writing vis-a-vis patterns in a range of writing from informal texts to advanced academic essays.

We invite graduate student instructors, faculty, and others in the community to this and the other workshops in the Digital Pedagogies series. Space around the table is limited, however, so reserve your spot in advance!

“Digital Pedagogy in Practice”

Lisa Spiro

Friday, November 1, 2013; 2pm

Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer, #1022

Lisa Spiro, independent researcher and consultant, will talk about how and why to integrate digital approaches into teaching. Instructors will get a chance to work with a variety of tools for data visualization, mapping, and other digital strategies.

Digital Currents: Analytics, Architectures, & Archives Mini-Conference

Tuesday, November 19, 2013; 12-3pm

Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer, #2022

What implications do media infrastructures have on the way way we work, interact, and live? The Digital Currents project welcomes scholars with a diversity of disciplinary perspectives to discuss the complications of our digital present at this mini-conference at the Institute for the Humanities.

Panelists: Mary Gray, Microsoft Research & Indiana University, “Crowdsourcing Piecework: The Geopolitics of Digital Labor”; Lisa Nakamura, University of Michigan, “Evil Media: The Market for Primitive Africa in Internet Vigilante Trophy Websites”; Molly Wright Steenson, University of Wisconsin, “Data Places”

“Exploring, Remixing, Analyzing: Teaching History with Digital Media”

T. Mills Kelly, George Mason University

Friday, December 6, 2013; 2pm

Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer, #1022

T. Mills Kelly is a specialist in the scholarship of teaching and learning in history. His most recent book, Teaching History in the Digital Age, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2013. He is also the author of more than a dozen articles on the intersection of historical pedagogy and digital humanities. In this workshop, he will present digital tools and techniques applicable to the teaching of history. Interested instructors and faculty will have a chance to try out some of these approaches.

View all events at www.lsa.umich.edu/humanities/events

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The History of Love:

The Trials & Tribulations of English Romance, 1660–1837

The creator of the eighteenth-century “web of knowledge” turns 300.


Digitize this!


Monumental editing

A brief, poignant piece from the Chronicle of Higher Education links two of our course themes, religion in the eighteenth century and editing–but probably not in the way that you would think:  http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2013/10/01/editing-before-our-eyes/


Literati Links

Just a few short ones to report, which I’ll list in order from most general and popular to most specific and academic:

With the birthday of The Boss this past week, you have to appreciate this title: Literature, What is it Good For? (Yes, I know, it’s not a Springsteen original.)  I love that Evan Gottlieb, a professor of eighteenth-century studies, has taken up the banner for studying English in a series of Huffington Post articles.  Perhaps it’s not surprising that someone who studies the Eighteenth Century would commit himself to this cause; these were debates–what to read, who should read and why–that fueled much of the discourse of the period as well.

Some of those debates took place in the periodical literature of the time.  Thus I’m happy to see that one of my favorite 18C bloggers on Georgian London is writing for a well-known British book charity (why don’t we have one of those?) about the highs and lows of the burgeoning journalism culture of the period.   By the way, I just ordered her book!

Of course, our own publication venues have changed radically over the last couple decades.  As we prepare ourselves for the Wayne State Symposium of Scholarly Editing and Archival Research tomorrow, it’s a great time to be thinking of how best to edit 18c texts. This blog post describing a student project usefully outlines some of the issues that must be considered when publishing a digital edition.