A Thoughtful Retrospective of One Historian’s Experience at THATCamp

One of the more interesting events you may have missed at the 127th annual meeting was THATCampAHA, a free and open meeting where humanists, technologists, and historians came together to push the boundaries of the history discipline–particularly on the relationship between the humanities and technology. This year’s THATCampAHA attendees were diligent tweeters, so you can follow their conversations during and after the conference via the #THATCamp and #THATCampAHA hashtags.

In addition to the lively Twitter conversation, Katherine O’Flaherty, a blogger for Stillwater Historians, described her experiences as a first-time participant at THATCampAHA, titled “Aha! Moments at AHA #THATCamp.” Reading her piece, I not only came away with a better understanding of what THATCamp does during the conference, but why organized meetings of digital humanists are vital to the history profession. It’s not enough to preach digital integration in history courses, we must have hands-on workshops like THATCamp that are readily, not to mention freely, available to historians. If we want to continue the tradition of THATCamp at the AHA meeting, however, we need more historians to become involved with  THATCampAHA, both in the planning stages and during the meeting. If you would like to help with a THATCamp at the next AHA meeting (January 2, 2014 in Washington, D.C.), let us know at aha@historians.org.

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