CFP call due October 15, 2014: Michigan State University to host HASTAC 2015

Call For Proposals

HASTAC 2015: Exploring the Art & Science of Digital Humanities

May 27-30, 2015 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Submissions Deadline: October 15, 2014, 5:00pm EST (The system for submitting proposals will become available in August 2014.)

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 districts

– mobile technologies, activity streams, and experience design

– cognitive and other dimensions of creativity, innovation, and scholarship

HASTAC 2015 will include plenary addresses, panel presentations (variations detailed below), maker sessions, workshops, exhibitions, performances and tech demos.

We seek proposals for participant presentations in the following categories:

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

The submission system will be open soon.

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) brief (150 word) bio;

3) 500 word abstract of the work you would like to present that must discuss its relationship to the conference themes;

4) 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.

Digital and/or Print Posters Wanted!

Print posters (4 x 3’) and electronic posters (to be projected) are solicited for emerging projects, ideas, and scholars. In presenting your research with a poster, you should aim to use the poster as a means for generating active discussion of your research. Limit the text to about one-fourth of the poster space, and use visuals (graphs, photographs, schematics, maps, etc.) to tell your story.  Use the regular submission form, but indicate that you are proposing a Poster by checking the appropriate box.

Maker Sessions & Workshops

We will provide some room and resources for individuals or groups to create informal maker spaces, where conference participants can share, exchange, and experiment with new online tools, personal fabrication technologies, open source electronics such as Arduino, and other creative and learning devices and gadgets. To propose a maker session or workshop, please use the standard submission form and indicate that yours is a maker session. Please also tell us how long the session requires!

All proposals will be peer-reviewed, but we regret that we cannot provide detailed reviewer feedback. We welcome applications from scholars at all stages of their careers from all disciplines and fields, from private sector companies and public sector organizations, from artists and public intellectuals, and from networks and individuals.

If you have any questions or require more information, please e-mail us at


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