Plenary Sessions Overview

Plenary panels and workshops occur at multiple points throughout the conference to gather participants together for a communal focus on the conference theme. We will announce speakers as panels are fully confirmed. Speaker bios can be found below.

The plenary panels are planned as follows:

Hindsight (Friday): The hindsight plenary session is an opportunity to look back to share successes and reflect on lessons learned. Hindsight allows us to reveal origins, but also to deeply understand the present. Featured speakers are Simone Browne, Tara McPherson, and Timothy Murray. The moderator is TBA.

Insight (Friday): The insight plenary session helps us understand how what we do now will manifest tomorrow. Insight focuses on problems and possibilities that are emerging in the present. Featured speakers are Jodi Byrd, Julian C. Chambliss, and Marisa Parham. The moderator is Cathy N. Davidson.

Participatory Art event (Friday): To help us turn toward the future, Friday evening will feature a participatory art event. The featured artist is TBA.

Foresight I: HASTAC Scholars (Saturday): The first of two foresight plenary sessions will feature voices of regional HASTAC Scholars. This session will be moderated by Adashima Oyo. A call for applications, separate from the conference CFP, will be distributed in April. Featured speakers are TBA.

Foresight II: The Future of Graduate Education (Saturday): The second foresight plenary session focuses on the future that is already with us and the role of graduate education in addressing that future. Featured speakers are Anne Cong-huyen, Julie Thompson Klein, and Katina Rogers. This session will be moderated by Jacqueline Wernimont.

Here to Next (Saturday): The here to next plenary session considers what insights we might glean regarding the practices and projects that will support the futures we want to inhabit and what we need to commit to the effort. Featured speakers are Gabriela Baeza Ventura, Moya Bailey, and Rayvon Fouché. This session will be moderated by Anne Balsamo.

A complete program will be available in July 2020.

Panelist Bios

Gabriela Baeza Ventura (Here to Next) – Bio coming soon!

Moya Bailey (Here to Next) is an assistant professor of Africana Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Northeastern University. Her work focuses on how race, gender, and sexuality are represented in media and medicine. She is also the digital alchemist for the Octavia E. Butler Legacy Network.

Simone Browne (Hindsight) is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Her first book, Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness, examines surveillance with a focus on transatlantic slavery, biometrics, airports and creative texts.

Jodi Byrd (Insight) – Bio coming soon!

Julian C. Chambliss (Insight) is a Professor of English with an appointment in History and the Val Berryman Curator of History at the MSU Museum at Michigan State University. In addition, he is a core participant in the MSU College of Arts & Letters’ Consortium for Critical Diversity in a Digital Age Research (CEDAR). As a teacher-scholar concerned with community, identity, and power, he designs generative digital projects that use the classroom as a platform for students to act as co-researchers to trace community development, document diverse experience and explore culture. He has been recognized for his community engagement work with a Florida Campus Compact Service Learning Faculty Award (2011), Rollins College Cornell Distinguished Service Award (2014-2015) and Florida Historical Society Hampton Dunn New Media Award (2019).

Anne Cong-Huyen (Foresight II: The Future of Graduate Education) is the digital scholarship strategist at the University of Michigan Library. She was previously the digital pedagogy librarian, and prior to that was the digital scholar and coordinator of the Digital Liberal Arts Program at Whittier College, and a Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds a PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a co-founder of #transformDH, serves on the steering committee of HASTAC, and is a director of the Situated Critical Race + Media collective of FemTechNet.

Cathy N. Davidson (Moderator, Insight), a HASTAC cofounder, has directed or codirected HASTAC since its inception. She is a Distinguished Professor of English and the MA in Digital Humanities and MS in Data Analysis and Visualization at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she is also Founding Director of the Futures Initiative. She has published some twenty books including, most recently, Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn and The New Education:  How To Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux, recipient of the 2019 Frederick W. Ness Book Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She has served on the Board of Directors of Mozilla (2012-2018) and on the National Council of the Humanities as an appointee of President Barack Obama (2011-2017). She is 2016 recipient of the Ernest J. Boyer Award for Significant Contributions to Higher Education. In 2019, she keynoted the Nobel Prize Committee’s Forum on the Future of Education in Santiago, Chile. With Christina Katopodis, she is currently writing Transforming Every Classroom:  A Practical Guide (under contract to Harvard University Press, forthcoming, 2022).

Rayvon Fouché (Here to Next) is the Director of the American Studies Program and Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Purdue University. His work explores the multiple intersections between cultural representation, racial identification, and technological design. He has authored or edited Black Inventors in the Age of Segregation (Johns Hopkins University Press), Appropriating Technology: Vernacular Science and Social Power (University of Minnesota Press), Technology Studies (Sage Publications), Game Changer: The Technoscientific Revolution in Sports (Johns Hopkins University Press), and the 4th Edition of the Handbook of Science & Technology Studies (MIT Press). He holds a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University.

Tara McPherson (Hindsight) is Professor and Chair of Cinema + Media Studies in USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and Director of the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study. She is author of Feminist in a Software Lab (Harvard 2018) and Reconstructing Dixie (Duke 2003), co-editor of Hop on Pop (Duke 2003) and Transmedia Frictions (California 2014), and editor of Digital Youth, Innovation and the Unexpected (MIT 2008.)  She was Founding Editor of the pioneering multimedia journal Vectors and founding PI of the online platform, Scalar. She has received funding from the Mellon, Ford, Annenberg, and MacArthur Foundations, as well as from the NEH.

Timothy Murray (Hindsight) is Director of the Cornell Council for the Arts, Curator of the Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, and Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Cornell University. He curates the Cornell Biennial and previously staged “Contact Zones: The Art of CD-Rom” ( Among his publications are Medium Philosophicum: Thinking Art Technologically (Universidad de Murcia, 2020), Zonas de Contacto: el arte en CD-Rom (Centro de la Imagen, 1999), and Digital Baroque: New Media Art and Cinematic Folds (Minnesota, 2008). He founded the Rose Goldsen Archive in 2002, and serves as co-moderator of the -empyre- new media listserv. 

Adashima Oyo (Moderator, Foresight I: HASTAC Scholars) is a PhD candidate in the Social Welfare program at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). She earned both a Master of Public Health (MPH) and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Brooklyn College, CUNY. Her research interests explore the need for greater diversity in the public health workforce and its implications on reducing health disparities and achieving health equity. Specifically, her dissertation examines the recruitment, admission, enrollment and graduation of Black and Latinx students in schools of public health. Adashima’s other research interest explore the impact of the glaring lack of racial diversity among doctoral students, faculty and executive-level leadership in higher education. In addition to working as the Director of HASTAC Scholars, she is part of the adjunct faculty at New York University (NYU) and Brooklyn College, CUNY where she teaches courses about healthcare and developing research papers to undergraduate students. Adashima is a Futures Initiative Fellow, Silberman Doctoral Fellow, and Health & Human Services Fellow. #BlackScholarsMatter

Marisa Parham (Insight) – Bio coming soon!

Katina Rogers (Foresight II: The Future of Graduate Education) is co-director of the Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center, CUNY; Director of Programs and Administration for HASTAC; and co-director of the CUNY Humanities Alliance, a partnership between the Graduate Center and four CUNY community colleges, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She researches and writes about higher education reform, including scholarly communication practices, professionalization and career development, public scholarship, and advocacy for fair labor policies. Her first book, Putting the Humanities Ph.D. to Work: Thriving in and Beyond the Classroom, will be published by Duke University Press in July 2020. Rogers holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Julie Thompson Klein (Foresight II: The Future of Graduate Education) is Professor of Humanities Emerita in the English Department at Wayne State University and International Research Affiliate in the Transdisciplikarity Lab at the ETH-Zurich’s Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. She was also Mellon Fellow and Visiting Professor of Digital Humanities in the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on inter- and trans-disciplinary history, theory, and problem solving.  Author of a book on Interdisciplining Digital Humanities, she has also written and presented on integration and collaboration, team science, and the changing landscape of research and education.

Jacqueline Wernimont (Moderator, Foresight II: The Future of Graduate Education) is the Distinguished Chair of Digital Humanities and Social Engagement and Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Dartmouth College. She is an anti-racist, feminist scholar who specializes in mathematic and computational media and their histories, Wernimont pursues synthetic, collaborative scholarship that bridges humanistic inquiry and the sciences. This work includes co-Directing the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaborative and serving as the inaugural chair of Dartmouth’s Digital Humanities and Social Engagement Cluster. Her first book, Numbered Lives: Life and Death in Quantum Media, came out with MIT Press in 2019.