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Thursday, May 12 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Monster Collaborations: Approaching the Frankenstein Bicentennial through the Humanities and Informal STEM Learning

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We would like to propose a custom session around a newly launched interdisciplinary effort that we think aligns closely with the HASTAC 2016 theme. This four-year project on transmedia public engagement will culminate in a set of activities timed to the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, using this pervasive modern myth to engage public audiences around contemporary science-in-society questions. The project’s major activities (abstract attached in separate file) include the creation of a digital museum for curating and sharing a wide range of digital artifacts, a set of Frankenstein’s Footlocker activity kits for use in science centers, museums and other supervised settings, and a series of maker challenges and activities using easily available materials.

This custom session will introduce the project and discuss its potential as a compelling model for research that unites approaches from the digital humanities, social sciences, museum studies, design and allied fields. Since all of the grant’s principal investigators are based fully or primarily at ASU, we have a unique opportunity to introduce the HASTAC community to a diverse collaborative research team (and vice versa) to share work in progress on a major humanities-focused effort.

For the panel we would request either 60 or 90 minutes, depending on the wisdom of the program committee, to achieve three primary goals:

1) lay out the current status of the project through short presentations from project investigators

2) play-test prototype activities from the Footlocker and maker challenges to solicit feedback from HASTAC attendees

3) leave time for higher-level discussion about the project as an example of (we hope) broadly impactful, publicly engaged humanities research.

Thursday May 12, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm MST
COOR 195 975 S Myrtle Ave Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 85281
  Arts and Media, Custom Session
  • Session Location COOR 195