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Registration Open for the 2018 Annual Meeting

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2018 Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting, hosted by the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures at the University of Virginia, takes place from June 13–17 in Charlottesville, Virginia. You can learn more and register for the meeting from our Annual Meeting page.

This year’s meeting starts with two days devoted to CHCI’s core work as a consortium: bringing together scholars, artists, administrators, and other staff members crucial to the intellectual and practical missions of humanities centers and institutes. June 13th will feature day-long meetings of the CHCI member networks, including Public Humanities, Medical Humanities, Humanities for the Environment, and Associate Directors. The following day will include additional discussions on best practices, updates on CHCI funding initiatives, as well as the annual Business Meeting.

The themed portion of the program, “Humanities Informatics,” will begin in earnest on the afternoon of the 14th, and will include plenary lectures by Achille Mbembe on ‘Algorithmic Reason’, Lydia Liu on ‘Cybernetics and Critical Theory’, Wendy Hui Kyong Chun on ‘Critical Data Studies’ and Michael Witmore on ‘Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.’ It will feature panels on themes such as ‘Information Wars, Impossible Democracies,’ ‘Art, Desire and Techno-Entanglements,’ and ‘Epistemic Acceleration, Algorithmic Cultures.’ There will also be a workshop on ‘Experimental Humanities’ that will feature the work of various humanities labs.

A special panel entitled, ‘#Charlottesville: August 11 & 12’ will focus on the eruption of neo-fascist violence in contemporary America. Charlottesville, the location of the conference, is also the site of neo-Nazi and white supremacist violence that shook the United States in the summer of 2017 and garnered global media attention. The panel will revisit the legacies of slavery, the civil war, the history of confederate monuments, and white supremacist movements in Virginia, a historic region that exists on the fault-line of a deep racial division that was foundational to the establishment of the United States as a nation. Speakers include Kirt Von Daacke, Chair of the UVA Presidential Commission on Slavery, and Deborah McDowell, Director, The Carter Woodson Institute of African and African-American Studies.

The morning of June 17th will feature optional site visits.

Registration is $120 USD for up to five delegates per member center or institute, with additional fees for the annual Members’ Dinner and site visits. Like last year, registration happens online. You can find registration information, our hotel room blocks, and much more on our dedicated annual meeting page.