• May 31 – June 1, 2008.
  • The Center for History and New Media
  • George Mason University

What Camp? THATCamp!

Short for “The Humanities and Technology Camp”, THATCamp is a BarCamp-style, user-generated “unconference” on digital humanities. THATCamp is organized and hosted by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Digital Campus, and THATPodcast.

What is an “unconference”?

According to Wikipedia, an unconference is “a conference where the content of the sessions is created and managed by the participants, generally day-by-day during the course of the event, rather than by one or more organizers in advance of the event.” An unconference is not a spectator event. Participants in an unconference are expected to present their work, share their knowledge, and actively collaborate with fellow participants rather than simply attend. There are many styles of unconferences. The most famous is probably BarCamp, an international network of unconference events focused largely on open source web development.

How do I register?

Due to overwhelming interest and space limitations, we asked campers to submit proposals and basic session ideas by the middle of March. We’ve reached capacity for this year’s THATCamp, but we encourage you to follow both our blog and twitter for information about next year’s THATCamp.

What should I present?

That’s up to you. Sessions at THATCamp will range from full-blown papers (not many of those, we hope) to software demos to training sessions to debates to discussions of research findings to half-baked rants. You should come to THATCamp with something in mind, and on the first day find a time, a place, and people to share it with. Once you’re at THATCamp, you may also find people with similar topics and interests to team up with for a joint session


CHNM is located on the fourth floor of the Research 1 building on the main Fairfax campus of George Mason University. Parking is available across the path at the Sandy Creek Parking Deck. Driving directions to George Mason can be found online at www.gmu.edu/welcome/Directions-to-GMU.html Research 1 and the Sandy Creek Parking Deck can be found on the online campus map at coyote.gmu.edu/map/fairfax.html


THATCamp begins at 9am on Saturday, May 31, and continues on Sunday June 1st through the afternoon


Anyone with energy and an interest in digital humanities.

How much?

As with most BarCamps, THATCamp will be free to all attendees. But a $25 donation towards snacks and diet coke will be much appreciated by the organizers.