Digital Humanities Center Recognizes IUP Students as HASTAC Scholars

Posted on 10/24/2013 9:40:55 AM

The Center for Digital Humanities and Culture (DHC) is pleased to recognize three IUP graduate students who have been named 2014 HASTAC Scholars. Adam Colton, Matthew Corran, and Wesley Dunning will participate in this network during the 2013–2014 academic year, under the local sponsorship of the IUP DHC.

As HASTAC scholars, they will develop their graduate research projects in concert with fellow scholars from across the U.S. and the world. In addition to networking and mentoring, the HASTAC scholars will have the opportunity to participate in IUP DHC initiatives and receive a monetary award to assist in their research. Thanks go to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of English for funding these awards.

HASTAC—Humanites, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory—is organized to promote “research that extends across traditional disciplines, across the boundaries of academe and community, across the ‘two cultures’ of humanism and technology, across the divide of thinking versus making, and across social strata and national borders.”

Adam Colton is a doctoral candidate in the Literature and Criticism program. His areas of study include Digital Humanities, 20th- and 21st-Century Literature (including digital-born works), and Web application development. He is currently a teaching assistant at IUP and works as a Web developer/programmer at IUP’s Center for Digital Humanities and Culture. Adam’s dissertation project explores the convergence of game design and digital pedagogy in order to develop hybrid approaches to teaching literature. Adam was nominated by Literature and Criticism Professor Kenneth Sherwood.

Matthew Corran is a graduate student in the Masters in Public Affairs program. Having built computers from a young age, Matthew has had a ongoing interest and involvement in various aspects of technology, including the open source movement to empower the underserved and using social media to give agency to people in Mexico in the combating of crime. His research includes connected learning, community, and open access. He is participating in the IUP DHC initative to create an “open source toolkit.” Matthew was nominated by Political Science Professor Sarah Wheeler.

Wesley Dunning is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Graduate Studies in Composition and TESOL program. For the 2012–2013 academic year, he was the IUP English Department webmaster. His research interests in technology intersect with ecological approaches to composition, identity, and social media. By investigating questions of place, identity, and social media, he intends to develop a pedagogy that challenges our college composition students to learn about themselves and their environments and to positively impact local and global communities. In addition to these research questions, he also intends to gain a working knowledge of xhtml/html5/CSS to enhance his expertise with digital technology. Wesley was nominated by Comp/TESOL Professor Gian Pagnucci.

The DHC mission includes “facilitat[ion of] conversation, collaboration, and resource sharing amongst specialists within the disciplines . . . [and making] connections between new technologies and traditional knowledge areas, as the academy navigates the ‘print-to-digital’ paradigm shift.”

Members of the IUP community are encouraged to visit the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture website to learn more about the center and to contact center faculty about becoming involved. The DHC anticipates nominating HASTAC scholars next year for the 2014–2015 program, and will solicit nominations from faculty at that time.