Digital Media and Learning Competition

The “virtual institution” HASTAC (the Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, centered at UC Irvine and Duke) has announced a competition to win some of the Macarthur Foundation’s money ($2million of it) for projects in digital media and learning… It’s pretty clear this is for just about anyone, and probably just about any kind of project (though the HASTAC site is bizarrely specific in proposing that “For example, a team of teacher bloggers who already reach hundreds of thousands of readers may now seek to provide multimedia coverage and translation of MIT Professor Henry Jenkins’ recent white paper on media literacy.” Should we be doing that? Do we have to use Official Henry Jenkins White Papers?). In any case, surely there must be some anthropods out there with good ideas for goinig forth and learning the people with your digital media… now’s your chance!

Christopher M. Kelty is an associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a joint appointment in the Institute for Society and Genetics, the department of Information Studies and the Department of Anthropology. His research focuses on the cultural significance of information technology, especially in science and engineering. He is the author most recently of Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software (Duke University Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles on open source and free software, including its impact on education, nanotechnology, the life sciences, and issues of peer review and research process in the sciences and in the humanities.