Are you involved in Digital Humanities in New England? Define that however you like! From the geek in grad school who’s the only one in hir humanities classroom to be taking notes on a laptop to the manager of massive institutional digital project, we want to know who and where you are!

After THATCampNewEngland, some of us were talking about a DH pub night, or DH work days, or some informal gathering where we can get together, skillshare, network, or even just kvetch about the things that keep breaking in our work! Since Cliotropic has so generously set up this space for us, I thought, hey! why not use it?

To kick us off: I’m Marta, recent Ph.D. in English from Tufts University. My website is I got into digital humanities years before I knew there was a term for what I did! Also years before I knew anyone else was doing it! Confusing! But eventually I stopped reinventing the wheel and learned that there’s a community of people who think about tools the way I do. (Disclaimers: I don’t promise never to reinvent the wheel again, and not everyone in DH thinks about tools the way I do. Broad strokes here!) My current interests include digital scholarly editions, digital productivity tools, and digital teaching tools. I’m currently involved in learning XML.

So, who are you? What do you do? What events would you like to see in New England?


THATCamp: The Humanities and Technology Camp, New England

Thanks to the hard work of an organizing committee, applications are now open for THATCamp New England, to be held in Boston at Wentworth Institute of Technology, November 13-14, 2010. It will follow the standard THATCamp “unconference” format, which means that everyone who attends is expected to present something. (If you’re new to digital humanities, don’t be intimidated! Surely you’ve got a research or teaching puzzle that you’d like to talk about with other people. THATCamps are often a great forum for swapping problems and solutions.)

For those who want more structured training, November 13 will have a BootCamp training track. Travel funding is available (up to $500) for four people (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, untenured faculty) who plan to attend all of the BootCamp sessions and write up a report about their experience. If you’ve got expertise in a particular area of digital humanities and want to teach a BootCamp session, the organizing committee would love to hear more about your ideas.

Due to space limitations, only 90 people can be accepted to THATCamp New England— apply soon if you’re interested. (As of this post, the organizers have already gotten 17 applicants.)