Film Screening of Humanexus

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be holding a screening of Humanexus: Knowledge and Communication Through the Ages at HASTAC 2015. This semi-documentary animation visualizes human communication from the Stone Age to today and beyond. It aims to make tangible the enormous changes in the quantity and quality of our collective knowledge and the impact of different media and distribution systems on knowledge exchange. Starting at 11:55am on Friday, the film will be shown on a loop throughout the lunch session. For more information on Humanexus, to hear soundtrack excerpts, or to read up on the film’s awards and nominations, visit the Humanexus website.

EBSCO LIS Diversity Scholarship Winner Announced!

We are pleased to announce the winner of the LIS Student Diversity Scholarship:

Amy Wickner, University of Maryland, College Park

Amy is a first-year MLS student specializing in archives and digital curation at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she is also the Digital Projects graduate assistant in Special Collections and University Archives. She is interested in the preservation and reuse of all kinds of born digital material from manuscripts to social media to design data to the news.

The LIS Student Diversity Scholarship was generously supported by EBSCO.

Mobile App Released

The HASTAC 2015 mobile app has been released! This app contains the conference schedule and the conference directory. It is available for Apple products on the App Store and for Android products on the Google Play Store.


To download the app, visit on your mobile browser and click to download. You can also search for “HASTAC” in the App Store or on Google Play.


The schedule is still in Beta, and we’ll release the final version in the coming weeks. In the meantime, feel free to make your account and play with your personalized schedule!

Registration Closing May 13

We are less than a month away from HASTAC 2015, and we want to remind everyone that registration will be closing on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.


On-site registration will be available at the conference on Wednesday, May 27 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. Registration tables will open at 8:00am on Thursday and Friday. Rates will increase for individuals at $225 and students at $125. We will not accept cash at the registration tables. We will only accept credit cards and checks made out to Michigan State University.


We are excited to see everybody in the next few weeks!

Plenary Speakers Announced!

We are pleased to announce our plenary speakers for the HASTAC 2015 Conference. Our speakers will present on a variety of topics that highlight this year’s theme: The Art and Science of Digital Humanities.


Keynote speakers Cezanne Charles and John Marshall of rootoftwo will give a presentation on their project, Whithervanes, a Neurotic Early Warning System (NEWS). This installation consists a network of sculptures that respond to fear production on the internet.


Plenary speaker Roopika Risam is an assistant professor at Salem State University. She will discuss how digital humanities already exist within a matrix of East, West, arts, and science and identify the stakes for making these connections legible in scholarly practice.


Scott B. Weingart, Digital Humanities Specialist at Carnegie Mellon University, will give a plenary talk that explores how communities like HASTAC are symptoms and instigators of a turn away from the Hierarchy of Sciences. Weingart’s talk will untangle the thread of these turns over the last thousand years, and place them in our present context.


To find out more information, visit our Keynote Speakers page.

Post Conference Workshops Updates

Both the Software Carpentry & Data Carpentry post-conference workshops are now full! If you would like to be added to the wait list for either of these workshops, please email


The Post-Conference Workshop on Text Mining with the HathiTrust Research Center is free, and registration is open at! To find out more about this workshop see the Post-Conference Workshops page