VCU Libraries and other on-campus partners will host RVA's first THATCamp March 14-15.
Part of a national group of events, The Humanities and Technology Camp, THATCamp, is a user-generated "unconference," an informal and participatory event where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot. (What is an unconference?)
The Richmond THATCamp has a theme: New Souths. "We’re interested in exploring the point(s) at which technology intersects with social justice, history and society, activism, and the sharing of hidden voices, especially in the modern American South," said Eric Johnson, head of Innovative Media at VCU Libraries. The lead organizer, Johnson said the theme New Souths was inspired by other events, including a 2011 THAT Camp that focused on technology and social justice. "We expect to draw participants from scholars, community activists, and others who study and/or are engaged in social and political action. Those who are curious about such an approach, or are experienced with it, are especially invited."
Organizers: VCU Libraries’ Digital Pragmata program and other VCU Libraries faculty; faculty from History, English and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; and the Office of Learning Innovation and Student Success.