I’ve been a member of the digital humanities community here at Georgia Tech for the past year and a half (+!) and yet here I am, THATCamp-less. It’s a shame. I’m ashamed! THATCamp is one of the hallmarks of what we at the Brittain Fellowship try to do on a regular basis: to get smart people together, learn about the intersections of technology and humanities research, share ideas, and learn how to better communicate them. And yet, here I sit today, having never attended a THATCamp.
Luckily for me, there are plenty of opportunities to remedy that situation. Within the next few months one can find THATCamps in Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana, and a special session of THATCamp Feminisms nearby at Emory University. A THATCamp is designed to be easy to organize and small enough to lend intimacy to the discussions, which means that there’s the potential for a proliferation of THATCamps where we can go, be smart, learn from each other, and take away ideas about just what “Digital Humanities” might mean for us and our research, anyway. These nearby unconferences showcase the variety of groups that are interested in coming together to host the digital humanities community.
While the proliferation of potential camps is great, I’ve thus far left out the one closest to my heart (and office). THATCamp Southeast is to be held here at Georgia Tech in just over a month, on March 9th and 10th, 2013. We will be convening in the newly finished Stephen C. Hall Building, the new home of the Writing and Communication Program, for 2 days of collaboration and productive conversation.
Currently, registration is open for THATCamp Southeast. I encourage you to register HERE and join us in early March. Tell us a bit about yourself, why you’d like to be here, and what you hope to do. Once you’ve registered, you should be thinking about what you would like to discuss at THATCamp Southeast. The way each day will be structured will give participants time to decide what will be the most valuable use of their time and breakout sessions will be. So come with ideas, with an empty stomach for some breakfast and coffee, and a sense of excitement about having a THATCamp here at Tech. (You don’t have to be as excited as the baby below, but it wouldn’t hurt.)
Stay tuned to TechStyle, Twitter, and the website for more details on our very own unconference.