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 hosted 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. Phelp discussed his work as the director he Early Manuscripts Electronic Library (EMEL), and was 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.