THATCamp Pacific Northwest – Call for Participants

From the THATCamp blog:

Greetings!

The first THATCamp event in the Pacific Northwest will be held on Saturday, October 17th, 2009 on the campus of Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Apply now at http://bit.ly/TCPNWApp.

THATCamp, or “The Humanities and Technology” camp, is an “unconference” originally organized by the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University in 2008. CHNM is the organization behind the research tools Zotero and Omeka, among others. Following the success of THATCamp 2009, regional THATCamp events such as ours have already happened or are in the planning stages: University of Texas, Austin hosted a THATCamp event in August, and organizers are planning events in the Great Lakes and Southwest regions.

If you are interested in studying, supporting, teaching, researching, creating or otherwise shaping digital humanities, new media, and allied fields, either in your role as a professor, an archivist, a programmer, a student, a librarian, an independent scholar, or any combination thereof, you are cordially invited to participate in this regional THATCamp event. You can be a technology expert or someone curious about integrating technology and the humanities for the first time—everyone is welcome, as long as you are ready to discuss with and learn from others.

Some notes on the event format:

  • An “unconference” is a facilitated, participant-driven conference centered around a theme or purpose. In this case it’s the intersection and integration of the humanities and technology.
  • There are no conference papers. Instead, come prepared to talk about the work you’re doing, the work you want to do, how you might collaborate with others, and how you can help and be helped by your fellow participants.
  • Participants are involved from the schedule creation through the wrap-up session, and actively present, discuss, and collaborate with others throughout the day.

For more information on the conference format, location, and schedule, please see http://www.thatcamppnw.org/

If you are interested in learning more about the topics, discussions, and people who have attended previous THATCamps, visit the “campers” pages at http://bit.ly/TCCampers (for THATCamp ‘09) and http://bit.ly/TCACampers (THATCamp Austin ‘09).

**** Apply now for THATCamp Pacific Northwest 2009 at http://bit.ly/TCPNWApp ****

We will accept participants on a rolling basis at least through October 5th, but please apply as soon as possible both to assure your spot and also so that we can plan accordingly for the exact number of participants.

Please do not hesitate to e-mail THATCampPNW@gmail.com or follow @THATCampPNW on Twitter if you have any questions at all about the format, scope, or logistics of this event. Your conference organizers are Julie Meloni (Dept. of English, WSU) and Lorena O’English (WSU Libraries).

We hope to see you in Pullman in October!

I haven’t decided yet whether or not I’ll attend.  Looks great, but Pullman is a long haul…

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One response to “THATCamp Pacific Northwest – Call for Participants

  1. We really hope you can make it! I believe we will have more than a few people from Vancouver/Portland, and def. people from Seattle. Hopefully someone will want to take it to the West Side next year — that’s the goal. Believe me, we (in Pullman) know what it’s like when all the good stuff is on the other side of the state. This is one time we get to have the good stuff. 🙂

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