THATCamp: How scholars can connect with broad audiences

I’m writing from my last day at THATCamp Prime at George Mason University. THAT stands for “The Humanities and Technology” — it’s  really great unconference for digitally-interested scholars who are trying all sorts of great things to share, teach and engage people in their work. I came here looking for ideas for Asia Beat, both to get a sense of scholars’ interest in projects that connect them to general audiences and also for ideas about what tools can make even the shortest pieces have great depth. As a journalist, I love to incorporate some of the rigor of academic work into my own writing and I’m guessing scholars would be more interested in journalistic writing if they had the option of hyperlinking, embedding or DocumentCloud-ing their sources, papers and other longer works.

I proposed a session called “Public Scholars Unite!” which was thankfully merged with Dan Cohen’s “Digital Journalism and Digital Humanities, United.” I don’t have time to write a clean post about what I learned, but here are the notes that came out of the session, including my notes and others’ who contributed.