Thursday, August 26, 2021

Location: Online, plus an optional in-person social at the end of the day

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(Register by Sunday, August 22, 2021)

THATCamp (which stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp”) is a gathering where the agenda is set by attendees on the day of the event based on what people want to learn and/or share. It is an event where students, staff, and faculty from any discipline and from all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed, led, and voted upon by the community. 

At DH@MSU THATCamp, we create space for meeting fellow members of the community in informal networking sessions, and we encourage people to share their work in impromptu discussions and workshops. There is also time for a project showcase, when community members can share very short prepared or impromptu remarks about their projects and work. 

This year, we are holding THATCamp as a virtual event from 9:00am-2:00pm, and there will also be an in person Ice Cream Social from 3:30-5:00pm outside Linton Hall.

The goals of DH@MSU THATCamp are:

  • To bring people back together at the beginning of the academic year
  • To introduce new folks to the DH@MSU community
  • Build connections between community members for future collaborations, troubleshooting, and less formal interactions

Who is THATCamp for?

This is an opportunity for people, whether formally a part of the DH@MSU community or not, to gather, learn from each other, and make connections to carry forward into the academic year. We welcome:

  • Members of the DH@MSU community, old and new
  • Students in the Digital Humanities undergraduate minor or graduate certificate, and students interested in the minor/certificate
  • Humanists who are engaged in digital and computer-assisted research, teaching, and creation
  • Anyone doing or interested in exploring work in the digital, especially (but not exclusively) in the areas of arts, humanities, and social sciences
  • Family members (kids)

This is a flexible, family- and pet-friendly event.

This event will operate under the Code of Conduct for THATCamp MSU


  • 9:00-9:20am – Welcome and THATCamp basics
  • 9:20-9:50am – Meet and Greets / Introductions (breakout rooms)
  • 9:50-10:30am – Discussion and workshop topic ideas – gathering proposals, voting, and creating the schedule
  • 10:30-10:40am – Break
  • 10:40-11:40am – Session 1 (breakout rooms)
    • Text corpora
    • Publishing issues (MSU Press & zines)
  • 11:40-11:50am – Break
  • 11:50am-12:50pm – Session 2 (breakout rooms)
    • Text analysis with Voyant
    • Community engagement
    • Multilingual metadata
  • 12:50-1:00pm – Break
  • 1:00-1:30pm – Project Showcase (presentation slides)
  • 1:30-2:00pm – Debrief of the day and Raffle
  • 3:30-5:00pm – Ice Cream Social (in person, in front of Linton Hall)

*This schedule may shift if the community decides to make adjustments on the day of the event. For example, one of the sessions may break into two thirty-minute sessions in order to accommodate more topics. This page will be updated during the day of the event with any schedule changes.

How the day will work

Meet and Greets / Introductions

Using breakout rooms, we will have 3 short meet and greet opportunities. This means that groups of 4-6 will be gathered in a breakout room to introduce themselves and answer a question prompt for 7 minutes and then will be reshuffled into another room for 7 minutes with different people.


Over the course of the day, there are two one-hour session sections. During each of these session times, there will be up to 4 concurrent sessions that participants can choose among. 

These sessions will be proposed or requested by THATCamp participants at the time of registration or via email ( after registration but before the day of the event.

Session types may be:

  • Workshop – one or more people teach about a particular tool or method
  • Discussion – one or more people lead a discussion on a method, topic, or issue
  • Show and Tell – an individual or group showcases a project and explains how it was created, what went into it, including the technology, etc (this type of session may also group together 1-3 project show and tells)

On the morning of THATCamp, participants will be asked to vote for the sessions that most interest them, and the sessions with the most votes will be slotted into the schedule. 

Participants will be able to join sessions as they like in Zoom by joining and leaving breakout rooms. If a participant does not have the ability in Zoom to select breakout rooms themselves, they can let the Zoom moderator know on the day of the event which room they would like to go to, and they will be assigned to that room.

DH Project Showcase

This is an opportunity for participants to share out about a project (or projects) at any stage of development through short (3 minute) lightning presentations, in which participants may use 1 slide.

Participants are encouraged to sign up in advance to share out about projects through the registration form and/or by emailing Further details about slide preparation will be emailed to participants one week prior to the event.

Technology and Communication


THATCamp will take place on Zoom. The meeting link and information will be sent via email to registrants one week prior to the event. For the best experience, please update to the most recent version of Zoom via these instructions.

When you enter the Zoom meeting room, your video and microphone will be turned off/muted by default, and you are welcome to turn them on/unmute as you prefer throughout the event. We will all convene in one room, and we will use breakout sessions to facilitate introduction sessions and the discussion section. There will be moderators available throughout the day and in each breakout room to assist with technical issues and Zoom questions.

Closed Captions will be provided throughout THATCamp and made available to all in main sessions. If participants would like captions provided during breakout rooms, please let the organizers know via the Registration form or by emailing


In addition to using Zoom for the videoconferencing portion of THATCamp, we strongly encourage all participants to join and engage in discussion and information/resource sharing on the MSUDH Slack group. Please sign up if you haven’t already at

If this is your first time signing up, you’ll be added to several “channels” when you first join, including the #thatcamp channel. The #thatcamp channel will be where we talk about the event and share resources, but we encourage you to explore the other channels as well!

Unlike Zoom, chat that happens in Slack will still be accessible after the event, so if you want to share resources with the community or revisit a conversation, you’ll be able to do that. We look forward to seeing you there!

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