About the Unconference

When? April 9, 2016

Where? Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Cost? FREE

What is THATCamp Archiving Your Activism?

Current events from the last several years have demonstrated the role that activism plays in national narratives. From international protests, like the Occupy Wall Street movement and Black Lives Matter, to regional initiatives, like Moral Mondays, documenting these projects is an important part of communicating the now to future generations.

THATCamp Archiving Your Activism will create a space for sharing tips, techniques and tools for preserving and sharing records of activism on a small or large scale. In small-group, hands-on sessions, THATCamp Archiving Your Activism will workshop technological and practical solutions for the unique problems presented by activist archiving.

THATCamp Archiving Your Activism aims to create a learning and discussion opportunity for individuals and institutions not heavily engaged with technologies for archives but who would like to learn more. THATCamp sessions are based entirely on the interests of participants and will likely to cover the issues common to activist archives. Sessions are proposed and decided on by participants immediately preceding the conference. The issues that may be discussed among others include:

  • Preserving digital content
  • Digitization
  • Creating online exhibits
  • Providing access to activist records
  • Text analysis
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Social Media
  • Legal and Ethical concerns

This is an exciting opportunity for archivists, activist and advocacy groups, and potential archives users to get to know one another and imagine ways to work together and solve problems.

Who should come to THATCamp Archiving Your Activism?

Anyone with an interest in activist records and archives with a desire to solve problems and share ideas, tips and tricks. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Community activists
  • Local historians
  • Neighborhood/community organizers
  • Librarians
  • Archivists, curators, and other cultural heritage professionals
  • Teachers (K-12 and university)
  • Students (undergrad and graduate)
  • Independent researchers

What are the registration requirements and restrictions?

Due to space restrictions and a desire to keep things manageable, registration is limited to 75 participants.

The Sonja Haynes Stone Center is ADA compliant but please contact Stewart Varner (svarner@email.unc.edu) if you have any concerns.

The organizers are pleased to be able to offer a private room for nursing mothers. Just let someone know if you need access.

THATCamp Archiving Your Activism is dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Our anti-harassment policy can be found here.

While we simply do not have the resources to officially provide childcare, we are aware that lack of available childcare might prevent people from attending.  Children are welcome as long as they are accompanied by adults.  Be aware of the potential for some sessions to cover topics not suitable for children.  Food will only be provided to registered attendees, so please plan accordingly if bringing a child. Thank you for understanding and please contact Stewart Varner at svarner@email.unc.edu if you have any questions.

THATCamp Community Archives 2015 is made possible thanks to the generous support of the The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, UNC’s School of Information and Library Science and  UNC Libraries.


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