THATCamp 2012 in Paris

Paul Bertrand (@medieviz) during his opening lecture
photo @openeditionsays

After my first THATCamp in Luxembourg in March 2012, I quite enthusiastically went to THATCamp Paris. As the Master in European Contemporary History tries to go digital, I hoped to get new ideas on the topic.

Compared to the one in Luxembourg, which had been very praxis-orientated, this one was more “philosophical”. The workshop Quels espaces physiques pour des humanités numériques ? was thus less dedicated to the practical organisation of such a space – something I was particularly interested in as we are planning a digital lab for Belval – as to general reflections on work flow and the influences DH can have on it.

Several workshops were dedicated to training – the common denominator was Zotero… an open source reference manager, which shows that there is still a lot work to do. The only francophone master dedicated specifically to digital history seems the one offered by the École des chartes entitled « Technologies numériques appliquées à l’histoire ». I hope that the Master in European Contemporary History at the University of Luxembourg – (De)coding Europe – will rapidly become a competitive alternative ( :)).

Leaving Paris on Wednesday, two ideas began to mature in my head:

  • As in Luxembourg six months ago, the use of digital tools to teach was completely absent: I  would like to organise a thematic THATCamp specifically consecrated to how you can use wikipedia, twitter, facebook… to teach.
  • As several DH-masters are organised around Europe, getting the best students from these trainings together for a book/code sprint or summer school could be fascinating for students and teachers.

I am very curious what other people (among others @bobreuter, @NicolasRoland, @cclivaz, @ClaudineMoulin…) think about this.

For those who want to read the transcription of alls the discussions, click here and then on the topic you are interested in.

P.S. In 2010, THATCamp-Paris launched the Manifest of the Digital Humanities; in 2012, THATCamp-Paris decided to create a francophone DH-association in the next future.

P.P.S. Cécile Armand has published her impressions on this THATCamp-Paris under the title: Retour(s) du ThatCamp Paris 2012.

 

Benoit Majerus

Since January 2011, I am working as an historian at the University of Luxembourg. I have written my PhD on the occupation of Belgium during World War One and World Two. In 2013 I published a social history of psychiatry in the 20th century from below. I am also co-editor of h-madness.

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About Benoit Majerus

Since January 2011, I am working as an historian at the University of Luxembourg. I have written my PhD on the occupation of Belgium during World War One and World Two. In 2013 I published a social history of psychiatry in the 20th century from below. I am also co-editor of h-madness.

2 thoughts on “THATCamp 2012 in Paris

  1. Et les actes qui sortent trois jours après la fin du colloque: http://editionsmsh.revues.org/278

  2. Je suis totalement d’accord avec tes propositions.
    De telles initiatives se développent en Belgique, comme EdCamp : http://www.pedago-tic.be/2012/09/participez-au-premier-camp-pedagogique-edcamp-belge-sur-les-usages-numeriques/
    Toutefois, “EdCamp” sera à mon avis plutôt centré sur l’enseignement obligatoire, primaire & secondaire. Il y a donc effectivement des choses à faire dans le monde universitaire, en liant réellement pédagogie et usages numériques. On souhaitait développer des non-conférences sur cette thématique avec @marginal mais le temps (et les moyens) nous manque(nt)… Des idées pour mettre cela en pratique?

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