The C. P. Snow Lecture Series

50th Anniversary: THATCamp Humanities + Sciences

THATCamp stands for "The Humanities and Technology Camp." The format of the meeting is an un-conference: an open, informal, inexpensive meeting where humanists and scientists of all skill levels learn and build together in collaborative workshops and short sessions, some of which are proposed on the spot.

Register here: http://humsci2014.thatcamp.org/

According to the organization website, a THATCamp is:

  • collaborative: there are no spectators at a THATCamp -- everyone participates, including in the task of setting part of the agenda.
  • informal: there are no lengthy proposals, papers, presentations, or product demos; the emphasis is on productive, collegial work or free-form discussion.
  • spontaneous and timely: a significant component of the agenda / schedule / program is created by all the participants during the first session of the first day, rather than weeks or months beforehand by a program committee.
  • productive: participants are encouraged to use session time to create, build, write, hack, and solve problems.
  • small: most THATCamps aim for about 75 participants, which is our goal.
  • open and online: participants make sure to share their notes, documents, pictures, and other materials from THATCamp discussions before and after the event on the web and via social media.
  • fun, intellectually engaging, and a little exhausting.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The School of Humanities and Sciences and the C. P. Snow Steering Committee are pleased to invite all faculty/staff/students to submit proposals for sessions at THATCamp Humanities+Sciences 2014 (Friday/Saturday, November 7-8). These sessions should explore or demonstrate a bridge, integration of, and/or collaboration between the Humanities and Sciences.

Sessions will be approximately one hour long and are designed to be:

  • OPEN to anyone who wishes to apply or register (no institutional, professional, or rank restrictions); students encouraged to participate;
  • INFORMAL and PARTICIPATORY (no formal talks, papers, or demos longer than 5 minutes with the possible exception of skills training workshops, though these too should be hands-on for participants, if at all possible); and
  • PUBLIC on the open web (sessions can be blogged, twittered, photographed, recorded, and posted by anyone).

The deadline for proposals is August 16 (electronic submission to lkeller@ithaca.edu). Proposals are very short (300 words) and intended for sessions or activities that my take some prior planning and preparations. Note that the un-conference format allows impromptu proposals as late as the day of the event! A proposal form, including submission instructions, are available here:

 

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