THATCamp is a user-generated “unconference” on digital humanities developed by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. The London THATCamp will be hosted by the Centre for Computing in the Humanities (CCH) at King’s College London, and will run the 6-7th July, 2010. This year, for the first time a THATCamp is to be offered coincidently with the DH conference — the world’s premier conference on the Digital Humanities. THATCamp will will run the 6-7th July, 2010 — immediately before DH2010 itself. Exciting things should happen. Deadline for application has recently been extended to the 15th June, 2010.

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.

Who should attend?

Anyone with energy and an interest in digital humanities.

What should I propose?

That’s up to you. Sessions at THATCamp will range from software demos to training sessions to discussions of research findings to half-baked rants (but please no full-blown papers; we’re not here to read or be read to.) 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. See Propose a session page on the main THATCamp page at http://thatcamp.org as well.

Where will THATCamp London be held?

THATCamp London will be held at King’s College London (KCL), in the college’s newly created iLab. KCL is in the middle of London, right beside the Thames river and you can see the Houses of Parliament from some of its windows. KCL is also hosting DH2010, which follows immediately (7-10 July) after the London THATCamp, so you can go from one event to the other without even leaving the building. We have the use of KCL’s new iLab as our centre of operations. On Day one, enter the main KCL Strand building, and follow the signs guiding you to the registration table.

Where’s the schedule? When is THATCamp?

We’ll create the entire schedule on Day 1, but the important parts go as follows: Day 1 (6 July) begins with registration from 8:30-9 (breakfast included), and we’ll begin promptly at 9am. Day 1 will end at 5:30pm, and we’ll resume for day 2 at with breakfast (yes, we’ll have lots of coffee) at 8:30am and sessions beginning at 9am. Day 2 will end in time for campers to connect with DH2010, which starts on the afternoon of the 7th.

How do I sign up?

Unfortunately, we only have space for ~70 participants, so we have to do some vetting.

How much?

THATCamp is free to all attendees, but a £20 donation towards snacks and drinks will be much appreciated by the organizers.

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