University of Southern California HaCCSLab Humanities and Critical Code Studies Laboratory (External organisation)

Activity: MembershipMembership of board


The Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab is the first university space to pursue the exploration of the interpretation of computer source code using the methodologies of Critical Code Studies. Based at the University of Southern California, the HaCCS Lab promotes the development of critical vocabulary, case studies, and cross-disciplinary dialogue between the humanities and computer science. Critical Code Studies is the application of humanities hermeneutics to the interpretation of the extra-functional significance of computer source code. Examining digital objects primarily through the lens of the code, Critical Code Studies explores the rhetoric, material history, style, and culture of code — aspects that have previously been only marginally discussed in computer science courses and scholarship. In this way, CCS offers to bridge computer science with scholars in the areas of letters by opening up discussions about the implications of the source code that directs so much of contemporary life. It has been holding regular Critical Code Studies Working Groups (CCSWGs) since 2010. Federica Frabetti is a member of HaCCS International Advisory Board.
Held atUniversity of Southern California HaCCSLab Humanities and Critical Code Studies Laboratory, United States
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Critical Code Studies
  • Software Studies
  • Multimedia Literacy
  • Electronic Literature
  • Media Forensics