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Today’s the day

Ilse will be at the Valleys this afternoon to direct people to the Lee Honor’s College. I will be there to great people around 3:15-3:30. If you show up early enough, you can help me unload the car! I’ve also started a hashtag for us to use:  #kazoothatcamp

Don’t forget your laptops, tablets, smart phones, and respective power cords.  I am bringing plenty of extension cords and  power strips.

THATCamp tomorrow!

We still have space if you would like to register.

We will be meeting tomorrow at 4 pm –  9 or so at the Lee Honor’s College.

We look forward to a great mini unconference!


DH related sessions at the congress


The two following panels are of special interest to this group, though inconveniently scheduled.  The Digital Humanities Center at King’s College, London, is a world leader in Digital Scholarship.
Session 375:  Bernhard 208, Saturday at 10
Digital Methods I: Citation and Representation of Medieval Manuscripts
Sponsor: Digital Resource for Palaeography (DigiPal), Dept. of Digital
 Humanities, King’s College London
Organizer: Stewart J. Brookes, King’s College London
Presider: Stewart J. Brookes
To Thine Own Self Be True: Attempting to Capture the Ineffable Holistic in the
Empire of “Content” and “Data”
Matthew Evan Davis, North Carolina State Univ.
Citing Visual Evidence in Paleographical Argument: The DigiPal Experience
Peter A. Stokes, King’s College London
Constructing, Testing, and Analyzing a Semantic Graph of Manuscript Features
Christine Roughan, College of the Holy Cross, and Neel Smith, College of the
Holy Cross
Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in Bernhard 208
Digital Methods II: Reading between the Lines of Medieval Manuscripts
Sponsor: Digital Resource for Palaeography (DigiPal), Dept. of Digital
 Humanities, King’s College London
Organizer: Stewart J. Brookes, King’s College London
Presider: Peter A. Stokes, King’s College London
Penn Provenance Project
Regan Kladstrup, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Univ. of Pennsylvania
First Impressions: Glosses Scratched into Old English Manuscripts
Stewart J. Brookes
You Scratch My Gloss and I’ll Scratch Yours: Glosses as Commentary,
Instruction, and/or Vandalism
Sarah J. Biggs, British Library/Courtauld Institute of Art



For those interested in gaming, this post just came in through the  listserv:

The Scholars’ Lab Praxis Fellows are thrilled to announce the beta release
of the Ivanhoe Game !  Ivanhoe is a
collaborative role-playing game in which players make critical interventions
in a text, cultural object, or topic to help them learn. Ivanhoe is about
connecting ideas, crafting new interpretations, and inspiring creative

Defining DH: What do you think?

Digital humanities doesn’t do theory.

Digital humanities never historicizes.

Digital humanities is complicit.

Digital  humanities is naive.

Digital humanities is hollow huckster boosterism.

Digital humanities is managerial.

Digital humanities is the academic import of Silicon Valley solutionism (the term that is the shibboleth of bad-boy tech critic Evgeny Morozov).

Digital humanities cannot abide critique. 

Digital  humanities appeals to those in search of an oasis from the concerns of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

Digital humanities does not inhale (easily the
best line of the bunch).

Digital humanities wears Google Glass. 

Digital  humanities wears thick, thick glasses (guilty).

Perhaps most damning of all:  digital humanities is something separate from the rest of the humanities,  and—this is the real secret—digital humanities wants it that way.

(Kirschenbaum, “What is ‘Digital Humanities,’ and Why Are They Saying Such Terrible  Things about It?” differences 25.1 (2014): 46-63. Copyright © 2014 Duke University Press.)

Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship hosting a 4-day Wikipedia Write-In

Are you looking for hands on experience contributing to the DH initiative? Here is a great way to put your skills to the test during the ICOS. The Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship is hosting a 4-day Wikipedia Write-In. They are looking for volunteers

Here is a blurb from their website:

Tired of having your students cite bad information from Wikipedia? Unfortunately, railing against Wikipedia is useless — it has become the go-to first search for most people, even scholars. Writing your own articles and editing those of others is the best way to get feminist scholarship mainstreamed. Just as with print encyclopedias, women scholars do not write and edit enough articles on this digital medium. SMFS is sponsoring a Wikipedia-Write-In in Fetzer 1060 that will be open during conference hours every day (see below). We will run short tutorials every hour. Dorothy Kim and Mary Suydam are spearheading this effort. We need volunteers to staff this enterprise. If you haven’t written a Wikipedia article it is very easy to learn. Either your college libary staff can teach you or you can learn it using the script put together by Mary and Dorothy for the conference. This script will be provided to every volunteer. Please volunteer! Contact Mary Suydam () with your name, email, and shift times you are available (Conference sessions are now available online at We look forward to hearing from you!

Proposed subjects

Here are some proposed ideas for discussion from campers:

GIS and Literary Analysis,  Text Analysis,  Crowdsourcing, Teaching with Tech, Gaming

What else would you like to talk about on May 7?

We look forward to meeting everyone!