HASTAC conference

I’m re-posting with for my friend Cathy Davidson, who is one of the main players in HASTAC, a very interesting digital humanities initiative. Sorry for the poor formatting.

Call for Papers
International HASTAC Conference
“Electronic Techtonics:  Thinking at the Interface”
April 19-21, 2007 *

We are now soliciting papers and panel proposals for “Electronic
Techtonics: Thinking at the Interface,” the first international
conference of HASTAC (“haystack”: Humanities, Arts, Science and
Technology Advanced Collaboratory).  The interdisciplinary conference
will be held April 19-21, 2007, in Durham, North Carolina, co-sponsored
by Duke University and RENCI (Renaissance Computing Institute). Details
concerning registration fees, hotel accommodations, and the full
conference agenda will be posted to _www.hastac.org_
as they become available.

“Electronic Techtonics:  Thinking at the Interface” is one of the
culminating events for the In|Formation Year that began in June 2006 and
extends through May of 2007. /(See the HASTAC website for a calendar of
In|Formation Year events, plus open source archived materials suitable
for downloading for courses or campus events.)/

The keynote address will be delivered by visionary information scientist
John Seely Brown (/The Social Life of Information) /at the Nasher Museum
of Art at Duke. Other events include a talk by legal theorist James
Boyle (co-founder of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain,
Creative Commons, and Science Commons), a conversation among leaders of
innovative digital humanities projects led by John Unsworth (chair of
the ACLS “Cyberinfrastructure and the Humanities and Social Sciences”
commission), and a presentation by media artist and research pioneer
Rebecca Allen. The conference will also include refereed scholarly and
scientific papers, multimedia performances, an exhibit hall of
innovative software and hardware, plus tours of art and scientific
installations in virtual reality, learning-game, and interactive sensor
space environments.

Six sessions will be devoted to panels with refereed papers on aspects
of “interface” spanning media arts, engineering, and the human, social,
natural, and computational sciences.  Panels will be topical and
cross-disciplinary; they will be comprised of papers that are themselves
interdisciplinary as well as specialized disciplinary papers presented
in juxtaposition with one another.  

We will consider proposals for full panels (three or four papers), for
paired cross-disciplinary papers on a shared topic, or for single
papers.   /

Topics: /Panels might address interfaces between humans and computers,
mind and brain, real and virtual worlds, science and fiction, consumers
and producers, text-archives and multi-media, youth and adults,
disciplines, institutions, communities, identities, media, cultures,
technologies, theories, and practices.   /

Other possible topics/:  the body as interface, neuroaesthetics and
neurocognition, prosthetics, mind-controlled devices, immersion,
emergence, presence, telepresence, sensor spaces, virtual reality,
social networking, games, experimental learning environments,
human/non-human situations and actors, interactive communication and
control, access, borders, intellectual property, porosity, race and
ethnicity, difference, Afro-Geeks and Afro-Futurism, identity, gender,
sexuality, credibility, mapping and trafficking, civic engagement,
social activism, cyberactivism, plus all of the other In|Formation Year
topics:  in|common, interplay, in|community, interaction, injustice,
integration, invitation, innovation.   /

Proposal Submissions:  /Please send 500-1000 word paper and/or panel
proposals to _info@hastac.org_ .   /

Deadline for Proposals/:  December 1, 2006.  

Full-length papers or power-point presentations will be posted on the
HASTAC website prior to the conference. The sessions themselves will be
devoted to synopses of the work, followed by a response designed to
elicit audience participation.  Attendees whose papers are not accepted
will be encouraged to display their work at a digital poster session.   /

Registration will be limited to 150 people.  /HASTAC will announce a
priority registration period for HASTAC In|Formation Year site leaders,
followed by open registration.   /

Some scholarship funding will be available to graduate students to help
defray fees and conference costs.

For additional information as well as copies of the In|Formation Year
poster, contact Jonathan Tarr, HASTAC Project Manager (info@hastac.org
or 919 684-8471).

HASTAC uses Creative Commons licenses for all of its endeavors.  All
conference sessions will be webcast, archived, and made available for
non-profit educational purposes/.

2 replies on “HASTAC conference”

  1. I agree! I hope you come. I’m about to write a review for the HASTAC website on my three very favorite books on sound–Daniel Levitin’s THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MUSIC, Michael Chorost’s REWIRED: MY JOURNEY BACK TO THE HEARING WORLD, and Jonathan Sterne’s THE AUDIBLE PAST. Put them together and it is one great mix . . .

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