• Curating a microseries of video pathways into the collections for the LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida

    Curating a microseries of video pathways into the collections for the LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida

    INTRODUCTIONS This summer I will be working as a graduate student intern with the LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida. To begin, I am completing my first year toward my PhD in Texts and Technology with the University of Central Florida. My concentrations are Public History and Editing, Publishing, and Interdisciplinary Curating (EPIC). I arrived […]

  • Digital in the Age of Doomscroll

                2021 is many things, including, an odd time to get paid to share information on the internet. As the social media manager for Southern Spaces, an open-access digital academic journal, I share published pieces on Twitter and Facebook. These are channels that are now actively struggling to combat disinformation campaigns and conspiracy theorists. They are, […]

  • When in Doubt, Screenshot: Navigating the Challenges of Digital Research

    When in Doubt, Screenshot: Navigating the Challenges of Digital Research

    The night before a final research presentation late last spring, I opened my computer, absentmindedly clicked on a saved bookmark, and felt my heart drop into my stomach: the website had vanished. Instead of the normal cursive, Arabic font announcing that this was the homepage of the Moroccan Boutchichi Sufi order, the screen had turned […]

  • Chapter 1: Fast Food Civil Rights

    Chapter 1: Fast Food Civil Rights

    Today, McDonald’s has flooded every corner of the world with inexpensive fast food. But what is the untold story behind this legendary food chain? In a highly narrative tone, Marcia Chatelain paints the painful reality of the racial inequality and the fight for rights that dominated in mid-century America. Chapter 1 tells the success story […]

  • Chapter 4: Bending the Golden Arches

      In her thought-provoking book titled Franchise, Marcia Chatelain comprehensively discusses a neglected but significant history of how the franchise giant McDonald’s encroached into the poorest and segregated African American neighborhoods. Although the franchise business model was federally supported by the national leaders Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon as a remedy to improve the economic […]

  • Going Digital: DVCAI’s Caribbean and Latin American Art Digital Archive

    Going Digital: DVCAI’s Caribbean and Latin American Art Digital Archive

    On Holy Saturday (the day before Easter Sunday) the Shroud of Turin was shown in public. The Shroud was last exhibited in 2015. How things have changed in five years. Physical distancing protocols meant that the 2020 public viewing was not the same as it had been in years and decades past. No people actually […]

  • Scholar Spotlight: Catalina Alzate

    Scholar Spotlight: Catalina Alzate

    Why did you apply to HASTAC?      I applied because I’m interested in understanding how a community grows and develops online, and what are the mechanisms that allow for encounter. Apart from exploring areas of shared interest in HASTAC, I find the community aspect to be essential for different forms of scholarship and activism.   […]

  • Strategies for Co-Writing

    Strategies for Co-Writing

    By Kaysi Holman, Cihan Tekay, Sujung Kim, Mary Grueser, Michael Epstein, Stefano Morello Note: In their initial collaboration, the authors of this post wrote in different font colors to distinguish between voices in the document, which is an easy and effective strategy for co-writing that makes voices visible and indicates which voices could be brought out even more. […]

  • Discussion of Numbered Lives, Ch 3: We Don’t Do Body Counts (Ashley Hemm)

    This post is part of the HASTAC Scholars Collaborative Book Discussion on Numbered Lives: Life and Death in Quantum Media (MIT Press, 2018), by HASTAC Co-Director Jacqueline Wernimont. —            Wernimont closes the first section of Numbered Lives with “We Don’t Do Body Counts,” moving past mortality counts and casualty media […]

  • Discussion of Numbered Lives, Ch 4: Every Step You Take (Molly Mann)

    This post is part of the HASTAC Scholars Collaborative Book Discussion on Numbered Lives: Life and Death in Quantum Media (MIT Press, 2018), by HASTAC Co-Director Jacqueline Wernimont. The book is available here. This post reviews Chapter 4, “Every Step You Take” and was peer-reviewed by Linda Luu. — As part of the larger context […]