Pre-Conference: Friday, November 3rd, 1:00-5:00

1:00-1:50: Rafia Mirza, Humanities Librarian at the Fondren Library, Southern Methodist University: “How to Bring Digital Humanities in the Classroom.”

We will discuss some lightweight ways to introduce students to digital humanities concepts in the classroom, and ways to construct assignments that do not require knowledge of the command line/programming.


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2:00-2:50: Claude Willan, PhD, Director of the Digital Scholarship Center, University of Houston Libraries: “Ethics of Data Visualization.”

Like any form of rhetoric, data in the humanities is vulnerable to abuse and manipulation. Willan is interested in the problems of how to present work persuasively but also honestly. His presentation will examine ethical concerns in data visualization.




3:00-3:50: Sylvia Fernández Quintanilla and Maira E. Álvarez, PhD candidates, University of Houston: “U.S.-Mexico Borderlands Newspapers Data Visualization.”

Borderlands Archives Cartography (BAC) emerges from the constant and current aggressive, political rhetoric that displays the geographic and ideological border between the United States and Mexico as a threat. As the first borderlands newspapers digital archive, its purpose is to locate, digitize and facilitate the access of borderlands newspapers. has a repository platform that displays the digital map, a historical context of the borderlands, online resources, publications, a monthly newspapers exhibition and, graphs that help visualized the data collected.



4:00-4:50: Christal Seahorn, PhD, Assistant Professor of Writing, University of Houston-Clear Lake: “Mere Exposure Theory in Shakespeare’s Plays, or, Why No Love for the Histories?”

Starting with consumption data (sales and electronic searches) that reveal Shakespeare’s history plays to be the least “popular” genre in his dramatic corpus, Seahorn presents her search for a structural reason why the histories might be less attractive to modern audiences? Traveling down a rabbit hole of graphic models that ultimately isolate the first tetralogy–Richard III to 1, 2, and 3–as the least liked, by these metrics, Seahorn uses character/scene ratios and word frequencies to posit a correlation between familiarity and “popularity” similar to the mere-exposure effect in Social Psychology.



THATCamp Clear Lake: Saturday, November 4th, 9:00-3:00

Because THATCamp is an unconference, the agenda will be decided during the first session of the first day. The number of concurrent discussions per breakout session will depend on the number of proposals. Coffee will be served all day, and breakfast and lunch are free with registration. The general structure is as follows:

9:00-10:00: Breakfast & session proposals

10:00-10:15: Break

10:15-11:00: Breakout session 1.

11:00-11:15: Break

11:15-12:00: Breakout session 2.

12:00-1:00: Lunch

1:00-1:50: Breakout session 3.

1:50-2:00: Break

2:00-3:00: Dork Shorts & Wrap Up

Read more about how unconferences in general and THATCamp in particular work at THATCamp 101 and our “About” page.

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