The Florida Digital Humanities Consortium is the host for HASTAC 2017! The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida, November 3-4, 2017.

Due to the impact of Hurricane Irma, the main UCF campus will be the new venue for HASTAC 2017! Our campus community is looking forward to hosting such an exciting conference.

Attendee registration for HASTAC 2017 is open and we have posted the new conference hotel accommodations. Additionally, we have some preliminary transportation information posted and will update it as we get closer to the conference.

Our plenary speakers are an exceptional group of scholars! The Friday panel includes Purdom Lindblad, Assistant Director of Innovation and Learning at MITH, Tressie McMillan Cottom, assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University, and T-Kay Sangwand, librarian for UCLA’s Digital Library Program. The panel will be moderated by Anastasia Salter, assistant professor of Digital Media at the University of Central Florida. Saturday’s final session will feature HASTAC’s own Cathy N. Davidson, from CUNY. The sessions surrounding these will include roundtables, soapbox talks, demos, maker sessions, workshops, media art projects, and posters.

The HASTAC 2017 Conference affirms, along with the HASTAC network itself, its commitment to an open, equitable, and inclusive environment at our conference. In a recent blog post, the HASTAC leadership stated that we “are committed to advancing equity, inclusion, innovation, and interdisciplinarity in higher education. We celebrate the creative and powerful thinking that results when we work together across all kinds of difference.” For the full post see https://www.hastac.org/blogs/superadmin/2017/02/01/affirming-core-values-hastac-and-futures-initiative. We are also are committed to having a harassment-free event. Please see our policy statement.

We are committed to working with presenters and attendees alike on any travel challenges which occur in regards to attending the conference, and our goal is to have an accessible, inclusive environment.

Our updated schedule includes:

Thursday, 2 November 2017:
2:00pm-8:00pm, HASTAC conference registration in CB1 outside room 121.
2:00pm-8:00pm, Set up for posters, demos, and media art exhibits. These will be in the VAB.

5:00pm-6:00pm FLDH Consortium Future Direction and Planning Session. This session is open to all and will be in the CAH Dean’s office, room 192.

4:00pm-6:00pm HASTAC Steering Committee Meeting (not open to the public). PSY 228B.
6:00pm-7:00pm Light refreshments and Hangout (for Steering Committee and HASTAC Scholars)
7:00pm-10:00pm HASTAC Scholars UnConference  (open to the public). This will be in the Global UCF building, room 101.

Friday, 3 November 2017:

7:00am-8:00am Breakfast (included in registration cost). This will be in CB1, room 220.
8:15am-8:30am Welcoming Remarks (CB1, room 121).
8:30am-9:45am Opening Plenary Panel: Tressie McMillan Cottom, Purdom Lindblad, Anastasia Salter, and T-Kay Sangwand (CB1, room 121)
10:00am-12:15pm Sessions (various buildings)
12:15pm-1:30pm Lunch at Knightros (included in registration cost)
1:45pm-5:45pm Sessions (various buildings)
7:00pm-9pm Reception at the UCF Fairwinds Alumni Center

Saturday, 4 November 2017:

7:00am-8:00am Breakfast (included in registration cost). This will be in CB1, room 220.
8:15am-12:15pm Sessions (various buildings)
12:15pm-1:30pm Lunch at Knightros (included in registration cost)
1:45pm-4:30pm Sessions (various buildings)
4:45pm-6:00pm Closing Plenary and Closing remarks: Cathy N. Davidson, The New Education (CB1, room 121)
6:00pm-7:00pm Cathy Davidson book signing (CB1, room 121)

Sunday, 5 November 2017:
We have arranged for three great local tours for Sunday! Please check out the events page and sign up!

Please remember that the time changes on Sunday morning, November 5th, so that you’re not late to your tour or for your flight!


We look forward to an outstanding conference this year and please contact us with any concerns or issues.
Bruce Janz, Conference Director, University of Central Florida
Amy Giroux, Managing Director, University of Central Florida

Program Committee
Abby Scheel, Co-chair, Florida State University
Micah Vandergrift, Co-chair, Florida State University
Theresa Burress, New College
Scot French, University of Central Florida
Hélène Huet, University of Florida
Barbara Lewis, University of South Florida
Lillian Manzor, University of Miami
Anastasia Salter, University of Central Florida
Rachel Walton, Rollins College