This weekend is HASTAC 2011. It is being held in Ann Arbor, which makes my attendance feasible despite the fact that it is occurring at the worst time of the semester. I’m super excited for the events tomorrow and Saturday, and was excited for the pre-conference alt-ac workshop this evening, until I read the articles that they provided. Now I’m bracing myself for a conference full of people who seem to view my chosen profession as a fallback for when they fail at whatever it is they really want to do. Not able to land a tenure-track position as an English Lit Professor? No problem! Just go be a librarian instead.
Playing for Both Teams, Winning on One is the article that I found most distasteful. I’m curious to see what the author has to say as he’ll be one of the presenters at the alt-ac event.
Stay tuned for more from HASTAC . . .
(And to end on a more positive note, here are a couple of things that I’m looking forward to: Dan Atkins: Cyberinfrastructure and Siva Vaidhyanathan: The Technocultural Imagination.)
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