Coming August 11, 2009


What is THATCamp Austin?
THATCamp Austin is a user-generated “unconference” on digital humanities on the evening of August 11, 2009.  It is inspired by the original THATCamp hosted by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, and is the first regional THATCamp.

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 Austin will range from software demos to training sessions to discussions of research 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 Austin with something in mind, and 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.

Where will THATCamp Austin be held?
We’ll be spread out in rooms of the Mezes Hall on the main quad of  the University of Texas, Austin.  On the evening of the event, enter the building and there will be signs guiding you to the registration table.  For directions, see: Location.

Where’s the schedule?
We’ll firm up the schedule during the weeks before THATCamp Austin, but the basic structure goes like this:

6 – 7:15 Registration, dinner, introductory remarks and session scheduling
7:15 – 8:15 Session slot 1
8:15 – 8:45 Dork shorts/lightning talks
9:00 – 10:00 Session slot 2
10:00 – 10:15 Closing remarks
10:15 – ? Hack fest

How do I sign up?
Unfortunately, we only have space for 60-70 participants, so we’ll have to do some vetting. To apply for a spot, simply send email to, telling us what you’d like to present, and what you think you will get out of the experience. Please don’t send full proposals. We’re talking about an informal note of around 250 words, max.  Please include your T-shirt size and an email address you can check from public places so that we can register you with the University of Texas wi-fi system.

How much?
THATCamp Austin is free to all attendees, but a $25 donation towards T-shirts and pizza will be very much appreciated.

How do I sponsor THATCamp Austin?
THATCamp Austin has no institutional backing of any sort, so the organizers will eagerly accept sponsorships from corporations and non-profits. Send us mail at

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