Announcing THATCamp Rochester 2018

Dear Colleagues,

You are invited to participate in THATCamp Rochester, hosted at the Memorial Art Gallery on Friday, March 23, 2018.

THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp) “unconferences” are informal and participatory events in which most sessions are group discussions, hands-on workshops, productive working sessions, or pop-up collaborations among participants. By following the model of a THATCamp, we hope to foster an open and spontaneous environment to engage an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners. THATCamp Rochester will be organized around the intersections between digital technologies  and the public’s experience of material objects in museums, archives, and new media. We also welcome sessions more broadly related to digital scholarship and pedagogy.

The University of Rochester will host a featured speaker, Michael Phelps, on Thursday, March 22, at 5 p.m. Phelps directs a multi-spectral imaging project at St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt where he uses digital technologies to recover damaged and previously unknown ancient manuscripts.  St. Catherine’s Monastery has one of the oldest continuously operating libraries, founded in the fourth century.  Phelps will discuss his work as the director he Early Manuscripts Electronic Library (EMEL), and will be present as an interlocutor at THATCamp on Friday, March 23.

THATCamp Rochester is a collaboration between the The Digital Humanities and Social Sciences program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, the Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Program in the Digital Humanities at the University of Rochester, and the Memorial Art Gallery.

In order to participate in THATCamp Rochester 2018, please register here. Note that a fee of $25, payable in cash or credit, will be due on the day of the event and include entrance to the museum as well as catering for the entire day. The fee will be waived for undergraduate students, so please bring your student ID. If you would like to participate in the event but don’t have the means to pay for registration, please contact us.