MSUToday
Published: April 27, 2015

MSU to host international humanities conference

Contact(s): Michael Jenkins College of Arts and Letters office: (517) 355-5363 jenki250@cal.msu.edu

Michigan State University’s College of Arts and Letters — together with MATRIX, The Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at MSU; LEADR, The Lab for the Education and Advancement in Digital Research; and the MSU Libraries — will host the annual Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory Conference May 27-31 at the Kellogg Center.

HASTAC is an alliance of 13,000 humanists, artists, social scientists, scientists and technologists working together to transform the future of learning, while sharing news, tools, research, insights and projects to promote engaged learning for a global society.

Centering on the theme, “The Art and Science of Digital Humanities,” the conference will focus on current and groundbreaking digital humanities work in diverse areas, such as pedagogy, coding and gaming. Conference registration is free for MSU students.

“HASTAC 2015 will examine how the interplay of science, technology, social sciences, humanities and arts are producing new forms of knowledge, disrupting older forms and challenging or reifying power relationships, among other possibilities,” said Bill Hart-Davidson, College of Arts and Letters associate dean for graduate studies.

Sessions begin with a half-day “unconference” for HASTAC scholars, an innovative student community working at the intersection of technology and the arts, humanities and sciences. Following a looser format than the main conference, the unconference will encourage freewheeling discussion. The conference will be livestreamed.

The main HASTAC conference follows with two days of activities and opportunities for collaboration, including several presentations by high-profile speakers.

Post-conference workshops include text mining with the HathiTrust Research Center and two separate post-conference workshops on data carpentry and on software carpentry that will cover working effectively with data and programming best practices.

MSU students may register for free at go.cal.msu.edu/hastacreg.

The link to general registration is: http://hastac2015.org/registration.

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