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CFP, HASTAC 2020: Hindsight, Foresight, Insight (Due March 1)

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    Katina Rogers
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    Call for Proposals

    The 2020 international conference of HASTAC (the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory, or “haystack”) will be hosted by the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas (ATEC@UTD) on October 15-18, 2020. The theme of HASTAC 2020 is Hindsight • Foresight • Insight.

    For full details, please see the conference website: http://hastac2020.org.

    HASTAC 2020: Hindsight • Foresight • Insight will center practices of intentional, accessible, and inclusive future-making that take culture seriously as a catalyst, context, and, sometimes, a conundrum for technological innovation. Of particular importance is the commitment to innovative endeavors that take up matters of access and inclusion in generative ways.

    Deadline for proposals is Sunday, 01 March 2020, 11:59pm CST.

    Submit a proposal: http://conftool.pro/hastac2020

    Conference Theme

    Imagining the year 2020 as an abstraction of 20/20, and embracing, by extension, this metaphor for visual acuity, the 2020 HASTAC conference will focus on Hindsight • Foresight • Insight. In the 18 years since the founding of HASTAC, much has changed in the academy; we’ve watched technology fads come and go, seen cross-disciplinary programs launch and shut down, and witnessed the adoption of the term “digital humanities” as a respected domain of expertise. HASTAC—a virtual organization of more than 17,300 dedicated and diverse individuals and dozens of resourceful institutions—provided the inspiration for many people and projects to take risks, to experiment, and to explore un-disciplined questions, questions that open onto conversations with a wide range of voices. The range of efforts is impressive: from the creation of new digital archives and the development of new authoring platforms, to the broader cultural challenges of reimagining learning in the 21st century. HASTAC participants have been critically and creatively engaged in doing things differently in their technology development, research, teaching, and art.

    The 2020 conference will provide opportunities to share insights from dead ends as well as projects that made a difference. As we take time to reflect, we also confront new threats and troubles. Hindsight is important, but limited in helping us understand what to do now that will make a difference tomorrow. Foresight understands that the future is already with us, present in the present. Taking stock of what we now understand, how do we anticipate what will need to be done? What possibilities and problems are emerging that require our attention and action in order  that we make a difference for tomorrow? Insight will arise out of these questions and engagements. What insights might we glean regarding the practices and projects that will support the futures we want to inhabit? What do we need to commit to the effort? What forms might commitment take? This conference will make time to reassess, to recalibrate, and to recommit to doing things differently.

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