The 2023 HASTAC conference invites our community to engage with creative and design-based approaches to technology and education, particularly around issues of social justice and allied movements of design justice, data justice and data feminism, algorithmic accountability, (digital) literacies, open knowledge, and accessibility in all its forms.
The conference will be hosted at Pratt Institute in NYC from June 8–10, 2023.
The conference is planned as an in-person experience, with some opportunities for online participation.
About HASTAC Conferences
Our annual HASTAC conferences are hosted by affiliate organizations at locations around the globe. Previous conferences have taken place at Duke University in Durham, NC; University of California Humanities Research Institute (on the UCI campus) and UCLA: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; a fourteen-site international virtual conference; University of Michigan; York University in Toronto, Canada; and at the Ministry of Culture in Lima, Peru.
The conference usually attracts between 250-450 attendees from around the world. Attendees include professors, independent scholars, HASTAC Scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, and professionals dedicated to using the open web to change the way we teach and learn.
Past HASTAC Conferences
The conference organizing committee had hoped to postpone the conference to Fall 2021, but as we consider the continued uncertainties around vaccines, travel, and budgets, we have decided that the most responsible course of action is to cancel.
We would like to thank those 16 artists and scholars who agreed to be part of our plenary structure, as well as those of you who submitted artworks, papers, panels, and workshops for consideration for the program.
While we at the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication are disappointed by this turn of events, we know that the next HASTAC gathering will be all the more evocative and meaningful once we are able to gather safely again.
If you would like to read Dr. Anne Balsamo’s memo sent to the HASTAC Steering Committee, you may download it here.
HASTAC 2019: Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education
Unceded Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Territory
16-18 May 2019
On 16-18 May 2019, the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), in partnership with the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Department of English at the University of Victoria (UVic), will be guests on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) people, facilitating a conference about decolonizing technologies and reprogramming education.
The conference held up and supported Indigenous scholars and knowledges, centering work by Indigenous women and women of colour. It engaged how technologies are, can be, and have been decolonized. How, for instance, are extraction technologies repurposed for resurgence? Or, echoing Ellen Cushman, how do we decolonize digital archives? Equally important, how do decolonial and anti-colonial practices shape technologies and education? How, following Kimberlé Crenshaw, are such practices intersectional? How do they correspond with what Grace Dillon calls Indigenous Futurisms? And how do they foster what Eve Tuck and Wayne Yang describe as an ethic of incommensurability, unsettling not only assumptions of innocence but also discourses of reconciliation?
Conference logo for #hastac2019 by Diamond Point.
HASTAC 2017: The Possible Worlds of Digital Humanities
November 3-4, 2017
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
The HASTAC 2017: The Possible Worlds of Digital Humanities, was held in Orlando, Florida on November 3-4, 2017. The lead sponsor and organizing group for the conference was the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium (FLDH.org), which included a dozen different organizations working collaboratively on this project.
The title suggests the simulation theme, and also the hard problems that are on the horizon for DH, and how addressing them might open new areas of research and creative work. It is also a nod to science fiction, and hence has a popular angle also.
HASTAC 2016: Impact, Variation, Innovation, Action
May 11-15, 2016
Nexus Lab, Arizona State University
The HASTAC 2016 conference was held May 11-15, 2016 at the Arizona State University’s Nexus Lab in Tempe, AZ. The conference aimed to emphasize and encourage broader conversations about the past, current, and potential impact of interdisciplinary work in research and education. If the digital humanities are one successful configuration of humanistic and technological research domains, what other configurations are available, or urgently necessary?
HASTAC 2016 investigated the potential for new work, and also encourages participants to engage ways that collaborative teams might use channels beyond academic publication to impact local communities, national conversations, and worldwide systems.
HASTAC 2016 Sponsors
Arizona Science Foundation
ASU Center for Science and Imagination
ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Humanities
ASU Department of English
Institute for Humanities Research
MLA Connected Academics
HASTAC 2015: Exploring the Art & Science of Digital Humanities
May 27-30, 2015
Michigan State University
HASTAC 2015 conference was held May 27-30, 2015 at the Kellogg Center on the campus of Michigan State University. Connecting with HASTAC’s interdisciplinary mission, the conference’s theme was the “Art and Science of Digital Humanities” and challenged 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. The conference featured a mini-conference for HASTAC Scholars followed by two full days of conference activities and opportunities for collaboration.
The keynotes were presented by:
- Cezanne Charles & John Marshall, rootoftwo, “Whithervanes: a neurotic, early worrying system THR_33 (Tea House for Robots)“
- Roopika Risam, Salem State University, “Across Two (Imperial) Cultures: A Ballad of Digital Humanities and the Global South”
- Scott B. Weingart, Carnegie Mellon University, “Connecting the Dots”
For more information about the conference, please see www.hastac2015.org.
HASTAC 2014: Hemispheric Pathways – Critical Makers in International Networks
The HASTAC 2014 conference was held in Lima, Peru (April 24-27, 2014).
This international conference was graciously hosted by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with HASTAC, the Organization of American States (OAS), and several other key partnering institutions from North, Central, and South America.
More information can also be found as follows:
- Visit the official conference website at: hastac2014.org
- See the Organization of American States (OAS) Press Release for HASTAC 2014.
- This event was Live Streamed on Cultura24.