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Digital Humanities

Sessions by special interest

State of the Field Sessions
Public History 
Professional Development
Community College
Gilded Age & Progressive Era
Foreign Relations
Digital Humanities
Western History
Native American
Urban History


Saturday, April 18

9:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Cost: $30 ÷ Limit 75 people
In a traditional academic conference, panelists share answers. At THATCamp, participants explore questions. THATCamp participants set the agenda in the morning by
proposing and voting on the sessions. Someone might propose a session aimed at exploring ways that technology could be useful in the peer review process. Another participant might ask a direct question such as "How can data mining help my research?" Participants with experience volunteer to lead a session that will teach those skills.
Some sessions may focus on learning a skill or launching a collaborative project. Others will feature discussions about pedagogy, sharing research, public history, or a host of other topics. You might start the day with an instructional session on the basics of web design or writing code, have a discussion about the utility of technology in the classroom, and learn some basics of data mining that will help you with a current research project, and end the day by joining your new friends in creating a public history website or application.
Sessions can be proposed on the THATCamp OAH 2015 website or they can be proposed on the morning of THATCamp. The most popular 12–16 sessions will be held throughout the day. Participants are free to move from one session to another or plan spontaneous sessions based on questions that come up throughout the day. This
last part is key—some of the best sessions might not appeal to a large number of participants, so even if the session doesn't make the official cut it can still happen in an informal manner in the lobby.
Sounds great but. ...
The best part of THATCamp is the collegiality, so please do not worry that participants will be expected to come with anything more than a willingness to learn and share. THATCamp works best when there are a large number of first-time attendees and people with diverse backgrounds and skills. Have concerns about technology? So will many of your fellow participants—let's talk about it.

Thursday, April 16

Poster Presentation - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm 

Interracial Intimacies: An Online Archives and Methodology Teaching Tool
Elise Chenier, Simon Fraser University
"Interracial Intimacies" is an open-access digital book and teaching tool that demonstrates the kind of new pedagogical tools we can create when supported by a team of digital humanities specialists, and introduces historians to a new historical methods teaching tool they might like to use in the classroom. Created in collaboration with senior students in Washington State University's Digital Technology and Culture program, "Interracial Intimacies" is an "app book," an open-source multimedia application developed at WSU. It turns my research for my 2014 article "Sex, Intimacy, and Desire among Men of Chinese Heritage and Women of Non-Asian Heritage in Toronto, 1910 to 1950" (Urban History Review, Spring 2014) into a methods teaching tool.
The article shows that migrant men of Chinese heritage were not always the lonesome bachelors historians have made them out to be. My research revealed that in Toronto during the first half of the twentieth century, at least one-third of them had white female wives or live-in companions.
The app book uses research data from the article to show students the historian's journey from initial research question—which was not on this period or on this topic—to published article. Users have multiple interactive opportunities to interpret primary sources, including oral histories, photographs, newspapers, and archival data, and instructors can grade student work completed on the site. Students can compare their analysis to the author's. They can also use the data to generate their own research questions and even to write a primary source–based research paper.

Friday, April 17

9:00 am - 10:30 am

State of the Field: Digital Humanities
• Robert Nelson, University of Richmond
• Seth Denbo, American Historical Association
• David J. Trowbridge, Marshall University
• Kelly Schrum, George Mason University
• Jennifer Serventi, National Endowment for the Humanities

10:50 am - 12:20 pm 

Digital Humanities and Teaching
• Marjorie Hunter, West Memphis High School
• Andrew J. Torget, University of North Texas
• David J. Trowbridge, Marshall University
• Patrick Damien Jones, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
This session brings together historians who work with students as both creators and consumers of digital resources. The panelists will discuss working with peers, graduate and undergraduate and high school students, and community members to create and share digital humanities projects. Two panelists will also talk about teaching digital humanities courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Saturday, April 18

9:00 am - 10:30 am 

Twitter and the U.S. History Classroom: A Roundtable Discussion
Endorsed by the OAH Teaching Committee
Laura Fowler, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
• Ian J. Aebel, Texas A&M University–Kingsville
• Matt Hinckley, Eastfield College
• Kristen Burton, University of Texas at Arlington
Technology has played a large role in the transformation of history education, as instructors have incorporated presentation software to display media and enhance the learning process. Despite these innovations, student usage of technology in the history classroom remains an area of consternation among many instructors; indeed, a majority of professors place a taboo on phone usage during class. This roundtable panel will discuss the use of Twitter as a tool to transform cellular phones into
learning tools in the history undergraduate classroom. With its ease of communication and 140 character post limits, Twitter can be useful in both communicating with students and eliciting responses during history lectures and discussions.

1:50 pm - 3:20 pm 

The JAH in the Digital Age: A Conversation
Chair and Commentator:
Edward T. Linenthal, Journal of American History
• Jeffrey W. McClurken, University of Mary Washington
• Stephen D. Andrews, Journal of American History,
Organization of American Historians
• David Prior, University of New Mexico
• Jordan E. Taylor, Journal of American History, Indiana University
The staff of the Journal of American History and Oxford University Press invite you to an open-ended conversation about presenting digital history in a peer-reviewed, scholarly publication. For the last several years, the JAH and OUP have sought to engage with digital history through reviews, digitally enhanced articles, interchanges, and podcasts. We hope to expand further the JAH's presence in the digital world. How should the JAH help move digital history forward? We would love to hear your thoughts about digital history, especially in the context of the JAH's core mission of publishing and reviewing original scholarship. We will begin the session with a
brief presentation and devote the substance of the session to a conversation with our audience.