On June 8–10, 2023, the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC), in partnership with Pratt Institute, will be guests on Lenapehoking—the traditional and unceded homeland of the Lenape people, past, present, and future—facilitating a conference at the intersection of thinking, making, and justice work.


Pratt Institute is organizing HASTAC 2023 – “Critical Making and Social Justice” with the following members of the programming committee:

  • Chris Alen Sula (conference chair), Interim Associate Provost for Academic Programs, Assessment, and Accreditation; Visiting Associate Professor, School of Information
  • Claudia Berger, MSLIS ‘21; Digital Humanities Librarian, Sarah Lawrence College
  • Deb Caponera, Assistant Professor, Associate Degrees, School of Art
  • Rachel Daniell, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Information
  • Nick Dease, User Experience Librarian; Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Information
  • John Decker, Chairperson, History of Art and Design
  • Donna Heiland, Provost
  • Xinyi Li, Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Communications Design
  • Ted Ngai, Senior Analyst, Interdisciplinary Technology Laboratory; Visiting Associate Professor, Undergraduate Architecture
  • Nancy Smith, Assistant Professor, School of Information

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

  • Cathy N. Davidson (Co-Director of HASTAC; CUNY Graduate Center)
  • Jacqueline Wernimont (Co-Director of HASTAC; Film and Media Studies, Dartmouth College)
  • Adashima Oyo (Director of Programs & Administration, HASTAC; CUNY Graduate Center)
  • Shaun Lin (Co-Director, HASTAC Scholars; Geography, CUNY Graduate Center)
  • Hilary Wilson (Co-Director, HASTAC Scholars; Geography, CUNY Graduate Center)
  • Coline Chevrin (Assistant Director, The Futures Initiative; Geography, CUNY Graduate Center)
  • Jacqueline Cahill (Program Coordinator, The Futures Initiative)
  • Brinker Ferguson (Program Manager of Digital Humanities and Social Engagement, HASTAC; Anthropology, Dartmouth College)

As well as current and former members of the conference logistics team at Pratt:

  • Mariah Hill, MS Data Analytics & Visualization ‘23
  • Tereza Chanaki, MS Museums & Digital Culture ’24
  • Annalise Domenighini, MS Library & Information Science ’24
  • Nivya Doshi, MPS Design Management ’24
  • Kate Nadel, MS Museums & Digital Culture ‘21
  • Jiyoung Lee, MS Museums & Digital Culture ‘21
  • Kelli Hayes, MS Library & Information Science ‘21
  • Emilee Buytkins, MS Museums & Digital Culture ‘21

Code of Conduct

HASTAC was founded in 2002 as a voluntary, dues-free social network with the motto: “Difference is our operating system.” Unlike much social media, HASTAC thrives because of zero tolerance for any violation of its core principles of respect and equity. Trolls are removed from the website. HASTAC does not share user data and works diligently to maintain the privacy and security of its data. The student-led HASTAC Scholars are dedicated to modeling non-hierarchical, egalitarian values for higher education. 

All participants in HASTAC events, including members of the audience, must respect HASTAC’s long-standing community values and rigorous commitment to scholarship, intellectual exchange, and academic discourse that is free of bias or discrimination, especially racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, or other forms of prejudice. Unsolicited physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, and bullying behavior are likewise unacceptable.

This code is based on HASTAC’s core values statement. In addition, attendees agree to abide by Pratt Institute’s campus safety rules and Community Standards. Pratt Institute shall have the right to eject any disorderly or objectionable person from its facilities or the campus.

HASTAC 2023 conference attendees may report instances of misconduct which occur during the conference to:

  • The HASTAC 2023 Program Committee
  • Pratt’s Department of Public Safety (718.636.3540 or 718.636.3541)
  • Anonymously through EthicsPoint

Guidelines on photography/video at the event

A limited number of red lanyards will be available for conference attendees who do not want photo/video taken of them during the event. We ask that all attendees respect their preferences by avoiding photos/videos that include their faces or distinguishing features (e.g., tattoos).

The conference will not share/distribute photos that do not comply with these guidelines.


The programming committee gratefully acknowledges the examples of the DH Unbound, DH2022 Tokyo, and previous HASTAC conferences, whose work has been used in developing conference materials. Specific credits are included where language is borrowed closely.


Wireframes for the conference website were created by Angela Wang, a graduate student in the MS Program in Information Experience Design at Pratt Institute, based on user research.

Visual identity

The visual identity for the conference was designed by Shubhangi Singh, with research by Prachi Chhajed—both graduate students in the MS Program in Information Experience Design at Pratt Institute. The hand-drawn letterforms combine modern as well as nostalgic elements that represent the complexity of ideas and diversity of people coming together for the conference. Shubhangi has documented her design process in a reflective post. The visual identity has been applied and extended by Patsy Samrans in the MS Program in Packaging, Identities and Systems Design.

About Pratt

Specializing in art, architecture, and design education, Pratt Institute makes vital and creative use of technology in addressing contemporary problems. Central to this approach is an education that blends theory with practice, art and design disciplines with liberal arts and sciences. This combination of thinking and making animates the theme of this conference, which invites participants to consider the design and use of technologies, to engage with social implications of design and technology, and to reflect on processes of making, building, teaching, learning, and other creative activities.

Pratt Institute is situated on Lenapehoking, the traditional and unceded homeland of the Lenape people, past, present, and future. As learners and educators, we recognize Indigenous Peoples and Nations’ long-time traditions of making art and storytelling. We acknowledge the significance of their creativity and how often they are unrecognized as artists, designers, and writers, while their culture is appropriated and taken by others. For this conference, we especially invite work by, with, and for the Lenape people.


Please email info@hastac2023.org with any questions about the conference.