Session idea: What would a Delaware Valley Digital Humanities Center/Organization Look Like? Take 2.

UPDATE: And if read this and you’re thinking “Count Me In,” you can help get the ball rolling by visiting and signing up for the Google Group.

Last year, one of our most popular sessions was prompted by this question, originally posed by Seth Bruggeman. One year later, let’s revisit this idea and make some plans. Among THATCamp organizers, there is definite interest in continuing DH-related learning and discussion opportunities throughout the calendar year.

For this session, I’ll suggest we:

  1. Find a date, time, and location for a winter Delaware Valley Digital Humanities meet-up/workshop/hackathon
  2. Set a tentative agenda for this event, settling upon a speaker or topic of wide interest to the THATCamp Philly community
  3. Come up with a list of other possible DH-related topics or activities worthy of meeting up to discuss/do
  4. Take names of people willing to help organize and run these events, deciding who could handle space coordination, catering, speaker coordination, publicity, etc.

If doing something like this in a session might interest you, let us know in a comment.

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About Christa Williford

Christa Williford is a Program Officer at the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). She has co-coordinated the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant program since 2008, in addition to working on programs related to the future of research and the professions of scholarship. She held a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Academic Libraries from 2004 to 2006 at Bryn Mawr College, and a fellowship in Theatre and I.T. Modelling at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2004. Williford holds an M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington Information School and a Ph.D. in Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, and Criticism from Indiana University.

3 thoughts on “Session idea: What would a Delaware Valley Digital Humanities Center/Organization Look Like? Take 2.

  1. Adding to Christa’s thought. The new “group” already has a website up at (to hold the domain name) but we haven’t done anything at all with it yet. It would be great if this session also gathered some volunteers to flesh out the site to get it ready for promoting the first meetup/event/whatever.

  2. I would be very interested in the session and in participating in future organizing/events. I was unable to attend the Part One of this last year, so would welcome a chance to join the conversation.

  3. Definitely interested in discussing this again! I am starting to formalize a DH program at Villanova, but I think having some sort of area-wide network is really important. I don’t remember where exactly, but I saw an idea in a blog post recently that had the idea of being able to refer people to other institutions that have a particular set of skills to facilitate a project. That way we don’t all have to be experts in everything, and a collaborative network would be a great way to facilitate that (though of course institutional buy-in will vary).

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