About THATCamp SBL/AAR 2016

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The advent of digital technology and social media has not only transformed how religious communities function today, they have also changed how scholars teach about and conduct research on religion more broadly. If you are interested in how technology is changing—or can change—the work of religious studies scholars, then we invite you to attend the THATCamp SBL/AAR unconference!

THATCamp stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp.” It exists to bring scholars and technologists of every skill level together to learn how to integrate digital technology into their teaching and research. This means the format is not your typical conference proceedings.

THATCamps are “unconferences,” which means sessions are built around hands-on workshops and collaborative working groups rather than formal presentations. Participants are encouraged to propose sessions they would like to attend in advance of the meeting on the THATCamp SBL/AAR blog. Topics we could cover include academic blogging, social media in the classroom, social media in religion, digital research methods, web-based class projects, online publishing, and countless others.

Sessions largely take one of four formats:

TalkTalk Sessions

Talk Sessions offer the chance for a group discussion around a topic or question.

MakeMake Sessions

In Make Sessions, someone leads a small group in a hands-on collaborative working session with the aim actually making something–software, best practices document, a syllabus, etc.

TeachTeach Sessions

In Teach Sessions, an individual leads a hands-on workshop on a specific skill or software tool.

PlayPlay Sessions

In Play Sessions, anything goes. You can suggest literally playing a game, or spending some quality time exploring existing tools and resources for digital work.

For more information about proposing sessions, visit the “Propose Session” page of this site. All session proposals received will be posted the “Sessions” section of the website. If you will be attending, please be sure to comment on the sessions that you would like to participate in!

The final schedule will be determined during the first session of the day, so be ready to vote for your favorite session ideas on November 18th at 9:00 AM.


Friday, November 18, 2016
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Convention Center-212B
(2nd Level - West)
Join us for the Annual
Unconference in San Antonio.
Register today!

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The following companies help
make THATCamp SBL/AAR possible.

  • Walter de Gruyter GmbH
  • ExperimentalHumanities@Iliff