Natascha Karlova, iSchool Ph.D. student, selected as HASTAC scholar

As one of ten graduate students to serve as HASTAC Scholars for the 2011-2012 academic year, Natascha Karlova will represent University of Washington at the national HASTAC consortium by participating in online intellectual dialogues and networking with scholars face-to-face to discuss theoretical, critical, and technical matters related to digital culture.

HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) is a network of individuals and institutions inspired by the possibilities that new technologies offer for shaping how people learn, teach, communicate, and organize local and global communities. It was created to look toward the future of higher education in a digital age with a three-pronged focus on new media and technologies, critical thinking, and participatory learning.

As a HASTAC Scholar, Natascha Karlova is involved in leading discussions and co-organizing meetings of the Keywords in Video Game Studies Graduate Interest Group. Each event is hosted by the Critical Gaming Project at the University of Washington and sponsored by HASTAC and the Simpson Center for the Humanities. More information can be found at

Natascha enjoys working with this group of scholars to deepen her understanding of her own work in online gaming: how teams of players distinguish cues to inaccurate information from cues to misleading information. You can find out more about her work at