Great Lakes THATCamp will be held on the lovely campus of Western University in London, Ontario on April 20th 21st and 22nd, 2012.
Everyone who goes to a THATCamp proposes a session. Do not prepare a paper or presentation. Plan instead to have a conversation, to get some work done, or to have fun.
No papers, no presentations
An unconference, in Tom Scheinfeldt’s words, is fun, productive, and collegial, and at THATCamp, therefore, “[W]e’re not here to listen and be listened to. We’re here to work, to participate actively.[…] We’re here to get stuff done.” Listen further:
Everyone should feel equally free to participate and everyone should let everyone else feel equally free to participate. You are not students and professors, management and staff here at THATCamp. At most conferences, the game we play is one in which I, the speaker, try desperately to prove to you how smart I am, and you, the audience member, tries desperately in the question and answer period to show how stupid I am by comparison. Not here. At THATCamp we’re here to be supportive of one another as we all struggle with the challenges and opportunities of incorporating technology in our work, departments, disciplines, and humanist missions.
Sometimes people just want to get together and talk informally, with no agenda, about something they’re all interested in. Nothing wrong with that; it’s certainly a much better way of meeting people than addressing them from behind a podium. Propose a session on a topic that interests you, and if other people are interested, they’ll show up to talk about it with you.
- Jon Voss, Toward Linked Data in the Humanities, Great Lakes THATCamp 2010.
- Nick Mirzoeff, An actual digital revolution?, THATCamp Prime 2009.
- Zach Whalen, ARGS, Archives, and Digital Scholarship, THATCamp 2010.
Several coders gather in a room to work on a particular project.
- Wayne Graham, Mostly Hack Zotero hacking session, THATCamp Prime 2010.
- Stéfan Sinclair, One Day, One Toolet, Great Lakes THATCamp 2010.
- Ben Brumfield, Hackfest, THATCamp Austin 2009.
You’re working on something, and you suspect that some of the various people who come to THATCamp might be able to help you with it. You describe problems you want solved and questions you want answered, and strangers magically show up to hear about what you’re doing and to give you their perspective and advice.
- Aditi Shrikumar, Text Mining and the Digital Humanities, Great Lakes THATCamp 2010.
- Sherman Dorn, The Ill-formed Question, THATCamp Prime 2009.
A group of people get together to start writing something, whether it’s an article, a book, or a plan (please note, Great Lakes THATCamp has a “No Manifesto” policy).
- Julie Meloni, “Project develop self-paced open access digital humanities curriculum…, THATCamp Prime 2010.
- Dan Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt, One Week, One Book: Hacking the Academy, THATCamp Prime 2010.
People get together to figure out how to address a shared or general problem.
- Jeffrey McClurken, Archiving Social Media Conversations of Significant Events, THATCamp Prime 2009 (this session was combined with Nick Mirzoeff’s, above).
- Eli Pousson, How do we share our knowledge of historic places?, THATCamp Columbus 2010.
A group of people show up to discuss a particular blog post, article, video, report, or book. Not much different from a graduate seminar or highly intelligent one-time book club.
A pre-planned session with an instructor who leads students through a short introduction to and hands-on exercise in a particular skill. Great Lakes THATCamp offers a series of Workshops.
- Bethany Nowviskie and Bill Turkel, Hacking Wearables and E-Textiles Workshop, Great Lakes THATCamp 2010.
Ah, miscellany. One of our favorite categories. Indefinable by definition. It’s astonishing how creative people can be when you give them permission; performances and games are welcome.
- David Staley, An installation, THATCamp Prime 2009.
- Mark Sample, Zen Scavenger Hunt, THATCamp Prime 2010 (N.B.: The Zen Scavenger Hunt didn’t actually happen, but it was still a great idea).