Following successful regional events around the world, including the first annual THATCamp Pacific Northwest at Washington State University in 2009, the Simpson Center for the Humanities, the University of Washington Libraries, and the Henry Art Gallery are pleased to announce the return of THATCamp PNW in 2010.
The second annual THATCamp PNW will occur on Saturday, October 23rd and Sunday, October 24th, on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus.
On Friday, October 22nd, THATCamp PNW will be preceded by two exciting public events:
- An workshop facilitated by Dave Lester, Assistant Director at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), on web-based publishing and digital curation, and
- A talk by Johanna Drucker, book artist, visual theorist, and Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor of Information Studies at UCLA.
“The Humanities and Technology Camp”—or THATCamp—is a user-generated “unconference” in the digital humanities. Instead of being constructed around a specific theme or discipline, the program is based on attendee interests and is agreed upon at the beginning of the event. An unconference relies heavily on interaction and face-to-face conversations. THATCamp participants present their work, share their knowledge, and actively collaborate with fellow participants.
THATCamp is open to anyone with an interest in the digital humanities: faculty members, graduate and undergraduate students, teachers, librarians, archivists, museum professionals, university staff and administrators, educational technologists, designers, developers, hackers, public historians, artists, writers, and more.
During THATCamp PNW, sessions will likely range from discussions of current issues in digital scholarship, pedagogy, and curation to software demos, training sessions, and lightning talks. In other words, participants are neither expected nor encouraged to present formally arranged talks, papers, or panels.
For this particular THATCamp, we especially encourage participants to facilitate sessions on content management systems or platforms (e.g., Drupal) and their role in collaborative humanities scholarship.
Prior to the event, participants will be invited to contribute to the THATCamp PNW blog and share their ideas for potential THATCamp conversations. Once at the event, they will collectively agree on the sessions where those conversations will take place. One added benefit of the unconference is that participants will meet people with investments similar to their own and can organize joint sessions accordingly.
Unfortunately, there is only space for approximately 80 participants at THATCamp PNW. To apply, please complete the application by telling us a little about yourself, your interests in the digital humanities, and your expectations for THATCamp PNW. There’s no need to write extensively: brief answers for each section will suffice, and the details can unfold at the event itself.
Note: there are no application or registration fees for THATCamp.