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THATCamp "Unconference" Set for March 22-23

J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte is very pleased to host THATCamp Piedmont 2013 on March 22 and 23, 2013, at the University’s Center City Building in Uptown. THATCamp stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp.”  It's an unconference:  an open, free meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot.

We welcome professors, students, technologists, librarian, and archivists of all levels who work in the humanities! You will likely find THATCamp Piedmont fascinating…

  • If you're interested in the Humanities; or,

  • If you're accomplished using or interpreting technology; or,

  • If you've just begun thinking about your research or teaching in conjunction with technology; or,

  • If you've been wondering why the digital humanities have been garnering so much attention at professional conventions.

THATCamp Piedmont will be held over two days:

Friday, March 22 is devoted to hands-on workshops and practice using digital humanities tools.  In order to plan for Friday’s workshops, participants are asked to register for the specific workshops they wish to attend (see schedule here).  Please note that all Hacking sessions require participants to bring their own devices.

Saturday March 23 is devoted to the un-conference sessions where campers define the agenda and participate in productive, collegial work and discussion. 

Registration for THATCamp Piedmont 2013 is FREE and runs through March 10, 2013. Register at  Visit our website, or email Somaly Kim Wu at for more information.  Please feel free to distribute this information widely!

Here are the key characteristics of a THATCamp:

  • It’s collaborative: there are no spectators at a THATCamp. Everyone participates, including in the task of setting an agenda or program. It’s informal: there are no lengthy proposals, papers, presentations, or product demos. The emphasis is on productive, collegial work or free-form discussion.

  • It’s spontaneous and timely, with the agenda / schedule / program being mostly or entirely created by all the participants during the first session of the first day, rather than weeks or months beforehand by a program committee. 

  • It’s productive: participants are encouraged to use session time to create, build, write, hack, and solve problems.

  • It’s not-for-profit and either free or inexpensive (under $30) to attend: it’s funded by small sponsorships, donations of space and labor, and by passing the hat around to the participants. THATCamp Piedmont 2013 isfree.

  • It’s small, having anywhere from 25 or 50 to about 150 participants: most THATCamps aim for about 75 participants.

  • It’s non-hierarchical and non-disciplinary and inter-professional: THATCamps welcome graduate students, scholars, librarians, archivists, museum professionals, developers and programmers, K-12 teachers, administrators, managers, and funders as well as people from the non-profit sector, people from the for-profit sector, and interested amateurs. The topic “the humanities and technology” contains multitudes.

  • It’s open and online: participants make sure to share their notes, documents, pictures, and other materials from THATCamp discussions before and after the event on the web and via social media.

  • It’s fun, intellectually engaging, and a little exhausting.