We’re very pleased to announce that registration is now open for approximately 75 participants in THATCamp New Souths.  Spaces for this event will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early.

If you want to make sure you get a t-shirt:
          Register by the end of the day on March 6, 2014
Final registration deadline:
          March 11, 2014

So what is it again?

It’s a THATCamp–a user-generated “unconference.”  THATCamp stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp.”

But this THATCamp has a theme: we’re particularly interested in exploring the point(s) at which technology intersects with social justice, history and society, activism, and the sharing of hidden voices, especially in the modern American South.  THATCamp New Souths builds on and takes inspiration from similar events held elsewhere, such as THATCamp PNW 2011, which examined the theme of technology & social justice.  We expect to draw participants from scholars, community activists, and others who study and/or are engaged in social and political action.  Those who are curious about such an approach, or are experienced with it, are especially invited to register.

When will it be?

THATCamp New Souths will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 14-15, 2014.  Details are still being finalized but we anticipate offering optional workshops on Friday afternoon, to be followed that evening by a social event, open to all THATCamp participants, at a nearby venue.

The THATCamp unconference event itself, with its participant-generated sessions and hacking opportunities, will be held on Saturday, March 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where is it being held?

In Richmond, Virginia, on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Who should come?

You should!  Especially if you have a particular interest in our exploration of the intersection of technology with social justice, history and society, activism, and the sharing of hidden voices in the modern American South.  Other participants might simply have a larger interest in the humanities and/or technology.  To put it another way: community activists, scholars, library staff, museum professionals, undergraduate and graduate students, programmers, archivists, developers, non-profit staffers, people from the for-profit sector, lifelong learners—all are welcome, whether experienced THATCamper or first-timer.


THATCamps are free to all who participate, though traditionally there is a passing of the hat for participants’ to voluntarily help defray some of the costs.

Who is pulling this event together?

The planners include the organizers of VCU Libraries’ Digital Pragmata program; other staff of the VCU Libraries; faculty from the departments of History, of English, and of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies; and representatives of the Office of Learning Innovation & Student Success—but really, this is your unconference!

Do you have further questions? Email us!

Check back here for more news and information soon. And follow us at @THATCampNS.

The THATCamp New Souths 2014 logo incorporates the image of Richmond’s skyline from “Skyline of Richmond, Virginia,” by Ben Schumin, 10 March 2003, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.