Virginia Tech will host THATCamp Virginia 2015, an "unconference" exploring the intersection of humanities and technology.

The event, held April 10-11 on campus in Blacksburg, will feature informal sessions for discussion, collaboration, and development of technology skills. Registration for THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp) is open through March 15, with spaces available for 100 participants.

“This will be an opportunity to explore a wide range of technology topics and new media issues as they apply to higher education,” said Kate Good, a graduate research assistant in the Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities and program organizer. “Sessions will be informal, and everyone will be invited to join the conversation.”

THATCamps are unconferences: informal and participatory meetings where humanists and technologists of all backgrounds get together to develop new skills and collaborate on projects in sessions organized on the spot. The “unconference” approach means that topics are decided by the participants at the opening session.

The event’s website includes travel and lodging information as well as details on how to propose a session topic. Participants can follow the program on Twitter using #THATCampVA.

“Because innovation is a fundamentally human achievement, the intersection between the humanities and technology is a particularly compelling one," said Elizabeth Spiller, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. "The questions produced at this intersection are at the heart of Virginia Tech's College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences and we are excited to welcome THATCamp to campus.”

THATCamp Virginia is supported by the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, University Libraries, Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies, and the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs.

Established in 2008, THATCamps are a project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and are hosted by institutions around the globe.

Questions about THATCamp Virginia 2015 can be directed to Andrew Kulak and Kate Good.



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