To provide a consortium of humanists, artists, social scientists, scientists, and engineers with a virtual network to facilitate collaboration across communities and disciplines fostered by creative uses of technology.
HASTAC was launched in 2002 by Cathy N. Davidson, professor of interdisciplinary studies at John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute and the Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English at Duke University, and David Theo Goldberg, director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI). After attending a meeting where numerous educators expressed anxiety about the diminished role of humanistic learning in the information economy, Davidson and Goldberg wrote A Manifesto for the Humanities in a Technological Age, which argued that new forms of communication and online learning are so complex they demand a global alliance of humanists, artists, social scientists, natural scientists, and engineers to help make sense of them. By 2003, HASTAC members were convening on- and offline to reconsider how local and global communities conduct research, organize knowledge, and learn using digital media.
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Registered site visitors can share project ideas, host events online or in their community, initiate conversations via the forum page, or post blog entries. Projects posted on the HASTAC site include tools for multimedia archiving, original gaming environments for teaching and learning, and innovative educational programs in science. HASTAC scholars also host online forum discussions on a variety of topics, including Collaboration 2.0; Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora, and the Other; Digital Storytelling; and Grading 2.0: Evaluation in the Digital Age. Visitors to the Digital Media and Learning Competitions page can learn more about the projects and join the conversation. Visitors to the site can also browse news and opportunities and learn about upcoming events.