Keynote Speakers

HsuWendy_webWendy Hsu is an ethnographer, musician, and arts organizer who engages with multimodal research and performance practices. She has published on Taqwacore, Asian American indie rock, Yoko Ono, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Bollywood, digital ethnography, and street music in Taiwan. After completing the Mellon Digital Scholarship Postdoctoral Fellowship at Occidental College, Hsu currently works as an ACLS Public Fellow with City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to improve government communications and design digital civic practices. Hsu is a founding member of ethnographic ghost pop band Bitter Party and publicly engaged maker collective Movable Parts.

Hsu tweets @wendyfhsu and blogs semi-regularly at


whitney2Whitney Trettien’s work reimagines what it means to read, write, and think across different media ecologies. Weaving together detailed archival research and creative use of technologies both digital and analogue, she has written, published, and designed work both artistic and critical in the fields of book history, Renaissance literature, media archaeology, and digital humanities. She has a master’s in Comparative Media Studies from MIT and is currently finishing a doctorate in English at Duke University, where she co-directs Soundbox, a research initiative to amplify the humanities.

You can find her on Twitter at @whitneytrettien or online at