HASTAC 2019

"Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education"
Unceded Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Territory
UBC Vancouver
16-18 May 2019

Call for Proposals

On 16-18 May 2019, the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), in partnership with the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Department of English at the University of Victoria (UVic), will be guests on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓-speaking Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) people, facilitating a conference about decolonizing technologies and reprogramming education.

Deadline for proposals is Monday 15 October 2018.

Submit a proposal. Please note: This link will take you to a new website (HASTAC’s installation of ConfTool), where you will create a new user account to submit your proposal. Proposals may be submitted in English, French, or Spanish.


Conference Theme

The conference will hold up and support Indigenous scholars and knowledges, centering work by Indigenous women and women of colour. It will engage how technologies are, can be, and have been decolonized. How, for instance, are extraction technologies repurposed for resurgence? Or, echoing Ellen Cushman, how do we decolonize digital archives? Equally important, how do decolonial and anti-colonial practices shape technologies and education? How, following Kimberlé Crenshaw, are such practices intersectional? How do they correspond with what Grace Dillon calls Indigenous Futurisms? And how do they foster what Eve Tuck and Wayne Yang describe as an ethic of incommensurability, unsettling not only assumptions of innocence but also discourses of reconciliation?

With these investments, HASTAC 2019: “Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education” invites submissions addressing topics such as:

Presentation Formats

HASTAC 2019: “Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education” welcomes submissions from practitioners at all stages of their careers; from all disciplines, occupations, and fields; from the public, non-profit, and private sectors; and from groups as well as individuals, including independent scholar-practitioners and artists.

Presentations may assume the form of:

Presentations about or involving Indigenous languages are especially invited. Proposals may be submitted in English, French, or Spanish.

All proposals will be peer-reviewed by HASTAC and the programming committee, and all presentations will occur on either Friday, May 17th or Saturday, May 18th. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by HASTAC in late November or early December 2018.

There is no membership fee to participate in HASTAC. Participation in the conference only requires you to register for it. You need not be affiliated with a university to present at or attend the conference. Registration fees will be determined in late 2018, when online registration will also open. Rates for students, sessionals, as well as people who are not presenting at the conference will be available.

HASTAC 2019 will do everything possible to ensure a safe and accessible conference for all participants. In late 2018, we will solicit information and feedback regarding accessibility and participant needs.

Child-minding services will also be available during the conference. Costs (if any) and hours of availability for these services will be determined in late 2018 or early 2019. Thank you for your patience.

HASTAC, UBC, and UVic will host a welcome event for Indigenous participants and their guests at the UBC Longhouse on Thursday 16 May 2019.

Plenary Presentations

The following people will give plenary presentations during the conference:

A complete program will be available in late 2018 or early 2019.

Submit a Proposal

Proposals for presentations require the following information:

Presenters may be first author on only one submission; however, they may appear as second author on one other submission. In addition, they may facilitate one panel, roundtable, or workshop.

Deadline for proposals is Monday 15 October 2018.

Submit a proposal. Please note: This link will take you to a new website (HASTAC’s installation of ConfTool), where you will create a new user account to submit your proposal. Proposals may be submitted in English, French, or Spanish.

Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) artist, Diamond Point, designed the conference logo. She writes:

As an emerging artist, I intend to create artwork that connects the old with the new and is constantly changing the more life experience I gain. I wanted to represent that idea with this piece. I describe my artwork as contemporary because my designs are current but also respectful of traditional design elements. I wanted the logo to convey the conference’s theme, “Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education.” The Thunderbird not only represents UBC, but also represents the theme of the conference. Thunderbird is known to be highly intelligent, carries out protocol, and asserts justice into communities in need. I thought this fit well with the concept of decolonization. Within the Thunderbird design I have incorporated Coast Salish design elements in order to showcase the beautiful artwork our ancestors have created for thousands of years. In a contemporary aspect, I decided to make the circles within Thunderbird pixelated. The circle represents the symbol of life. Today, technology has become such a big influence within day-to-day life. Technology connects all of us. In saying that, sometimes being so technologically connected can come with cautions. Thunderbird is able to protect us and give us strength moving forward for the future generations to come.

Organizers

The Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Department of English at the University of Victoria (UVic) are organizing HASTAC 2019: “Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education” with the following members of the programming committee:

The organizers and programming committee are collaborating with HASTAC’s administrative team:

As well as the conference communications team:

Partners and Sponsors

HASTAC 2019 is supported by the following partners:

It is also supported by a Connection Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Pre-conference Activities

Prior to the conference (16-18 May 2019), HASTAC 2019 participants are invited to attend the “Digital Democracies” conference, scheduled for 14-16 May 2019 on the traditional territories of the Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), and Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ) Nations at the Harbour Centre on Simon Fraser University’s downtown Vancouver campus. People confirmed to speak at “Digital Democracies” include Jonathan Albright, Ariella Azoulay, Jodi Byrd, Laura Kurgan, Lisa Nakamura, Helen Nissenbaum, Safiya Noble, Lisa Parks, Hito Steyerl, and Siva Vaidhyanathan. “Digital Democracies” is being organized by Wendy Chun, Svitlana Matviyenko, Zoe Druick, and the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Details, including details about registration and accommodations for “Digital Democracies,” are coming soon. Please note that room blocks for HASTAC 2019: “Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education” will not be available 13-15 May 2019.

License

This site and all HASTAC 2019 conference materials are licensed CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0, with the Traditional Knowledge O (TK O) label. This label asks you to respect the designated circulation conditions for this material and, where possible, to develop a means for fair and equitable reciprocal exchange for the use of this material with the relevant TK holders. This exchange might include access to educational or other resources that are difficult to access under normal circumstances.

Questions

Please email info@hastac2019.org with any questions you have about the conference.


We would like to acknowledge that the University of British Columbia is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. We thank the Musqueam Nation for its hospitality and support of our work.

We would also like to acknowledge with respect the Lkwungen-speaking peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt, and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

HASTAC wishes to express our deep gratitude to the Musqueam people for allowing us to engage digital territories on this unceded land. Changing the way we teach and learn means challenging the colonial foundations of education and technology. We are grateful for the opportunity to do this work here. Thank you.

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