Scholarship (2008-10)

HASTAC, Simpson Center

From 2008 until 2010, I was a HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) Scholar, which gave me the opportunity to not only participate in online fora at hastac.org but also present at the HASTAC III conference (in 2009) and organize a series of HASTAC-related conversations on the University of Washington’s (UW) Seattle campus (in 2009-10).

The conversation series was titled “What Does Digital Scholarship Do?” and it brought together people from a wide array of disciplines to present their work at the UW’s Simpson Center for the Humanities. Below is a list of the conversations we had that academic year, with facilitators’ names (in parentheses) as well as links to the event flyers.

“Designing Discoverability” (Peter Leonard)

“Queer/ing/s Online” (Ed Chang & Jessica Johnson)

“Evaluating Digital Scholarship” (Jentery Sayers)

“Digital Fabrication and the Database” (Meghan Trainor)

“Pink Noises” (Tara Rodgers)

“Engaging the Networked Domestic” (Amelia Abreu)

“‘You Have One Identity’: Facebook, Twitter, and the (Alleged) Death of Privacy” (Deen Freelon)

What I Learned

The HASTAC @ the UW conversation series was a fantastic opportunity to organize scholars under the broad umbrella of “digital humanities,” ask them to regularly share their ideas, and begin developing a community at and around the University. Through the experience, I learned to speak about new technologies and media across the disciplines, represent HASTAC at my institution, organize academic events, conduct outreach for those events, and reflect upon how such gatherings afford social engagements arguably unique to face-to-face conversation.

(The first two images on the left are cropped versions of the event flyers, which I designed. The third image is a screen shot of hastac.org.)