THATCamp Feminisms at Scripps March 15 & 16, 2013

–this is a repost by Jacque Wernimont, Scripps College Professor of English and THATCamp Organizer, the original appeared this morning on her blog

I’m looking forward to our upcoming THATCamp Feminisms, hosted at Scripps College, March 15th and 16th. Normally I’d link to our site so that you could check out our planned workshops, suggest a session, or register. Unfortunately, the THATCamp sites have been hacked and are down. While I’m generally not prone to conspiracy theories – this is the second time that the THATCamp Feminisms sites have been down and I’m beginning to feel a bit like someone wants to stand in the way.

As of Monday morning, THATCamp Feminisms West is back up and running!

For those who are new to the THATCamp phenomenon – these events are “The Humanities and Technology Camps.” Designed as “unconferences,” these events are more free form, collaborative, and production-oriented than traditional academic conferences. No papers being read from lecterns here. THATCamps are also either low-cost or free – THATCamp Feminisms West (the one here at Scripps) is FREE!! Thanks to the generosity of the Scripps College Office of the President, Scripps English Department, Intercollegiate Media Studies, Intercollegiate Science, Technology, and Society, and Scripps Gender and Women’s Studies. We also have support from MSN Research.

I am particularly excited about the coordinated national effort of THATCamp Feminisms, what began as a west coast event will now also be a southern (@Emory) and eastern (@Barnard) event. We are also going to be participating in an exciting national Wikipedia editing event on Friday morning from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. You can visit our wiki page for more information, or check out Moya Bailey’s great write up of the event. This is both a virtual and in-person event. Here at Scripps we’ll be working at the Honnold-Mudd library in the future CCDH space and we’ll be joined by the fabulous Adrianne Wadewitz, who has helped host other recent WikiStorm events.

We currently plan to host two workshops:

Mia Ridge’s “Data visualisations as gateway to programming,” in which participants will be thinking about how to structure data for use in software, learning basic programming concepts, and moving towards tinkering with scripts. This is a great workshop for humanists who want a friendly intro to the world of programming.

Miriam Posner’s “Building Online Exhibits with Omeka,” in which participants will learn how to use Omeka to develop exhibits for classroom, research, and project use.

If we have enough interest, I will also be hosting an “Intro to DH” workshop for those who are attending their first THATCamp or who are new to the Digital Humanities field; we’ll discuss the origins of DH, it’s many different instantiations, and develop a common vocabulary for use during the rest of the THATCamp.

As with all THATCamps, the sessions will be decided upon during a welcome event and will be designed to focus on productive and collaborative work (feel free to suggest sessions in the comments below). Want to set an agenda for transnational feminisms in DH? -great, write that up. Want to design a syllabus or assignment for a feminist DH course? Wonderful! Have the skills to work with a group to build a lightweight mobile app? Get it done!

While most of the planning is going smoothly, the malicious attack on the THATCamp sites means that we have to hack our work flow just a bit – so please, spread the word that this site is here as a temporary substitute and that questions are most welcome. I’m looking forward to seeing what collective feminist engagement will yield!


DH in the classroom

DH in the classroom – Creating Archives with @profwernimont

“I wanted to somehow incorporate my love of art and art history into my final project,” says [Rachel Levi, Scripps College class of ’15] of online mini-archives produced as part of “Creating Archives,” a course taught by assistant professor of English Jacqueline Wernimont. Utilizing original research conducted in the Denison Library archives…”

THATCamp Feminisms at Scripps

In the latest local DH news, Scripps will be hosting a feminist “THATCamp” this March 15-17, 2013. THATCamps (The Humanities and Technology Camps) are digital humanities “unconferences” in which people can come together to discuss interdisciplinary approaches to learning, collaborating, and networking. They are quite a bit different (and generally more productive) than traditional conference-style events, as participants are encouraged to use session time to create, build, write, hack, and solve problems. THATCamp Feminisms will a multisite weekend of discussion about feminisms and the digital humanities. There will be workshops on various tools and technologies, as well as a day of discussion about feminist politics, gender, digital tools, and digital teaching. Students are welcome, but should register early to gain a spot as a Feminist DH Fellow.

We will also be hosting a feminist Wikistorm over the weekend in collaboration with THATCamp Feminisms South (and possibly Duke HASTAC and the Fembot Collective), in order to increase the feminist content on Wikipedia. If you’ve never heard of this before, here’s a link to an event that was hosted here in Claremont in the fall:

To register, and for more information, you can visit the official THATCamp Feminisms West website @ Registration is free. We can only accomodate 75 faculty/staff/graduate students and 25 Undergrad Fellows so register early!

Scripps Humanities Institute Lecture Series

SHI’s Fall lecture series topic is “Social Media/Social Change:Negotiating Access, Control, and Unrest in the Information Age.” SHI is hosting an array of experts to discuss the impact of digital information and our modern wireless environment on the political, economic, and personal level. Many of the seminars deal with issues relating to the digital humanities, including Pitzer professor Alex Juhasz’ presentation on “Social Media Pedgagogy: Feminist Teaching Online and Off” and San Jose State University professor Katherine Harris “Digitizing our Feminist Selves: Remediating the ‘Archive’ with Digital Interventions.”

Upcoming speakers include Lee Aase, the director of the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media and Dr. Christine Greenhow, an assistant professorat Michigan State University. Mr. Aase will be speaking about “Bringing theSocial Media Revolution to Health Care.” Mr. Aase will discuss how his organization was able to creatively use social media to increase heart health awareness. Professor Greenhow’s presentation, “Social Media and Learning: Students Getting Help from Friends” will address how students can use social networking and social media to their advantage in the job search process.

“Bringing the Social Media Revolution to Health Care” will take place on November 13th and “Students and Learning: Students Getting Help from Friends” will take place on November 27th. Both seminars begin at 7:30 pm and are held in Garrison Theater at Scripps College Performing Arts Center.

Each semester, the Scripps Humanities Institute presents lectures, seminars, and events relating to a specific theme or topic in humanities scholarship. This institute was founded in 1986 in order to forward interdisciplinary studies and allow Scripps students to learn from leading scholars at the cutting edge of the their fields. Learn more about previous and upcoming events hosted by the Scripps Humanities Institute.

-Beatrice Schuster