This and THATCamp Sussex Humanities Lab 2017

The second annual This and THATCamp Sussex Humanities Lab takes place on 4-5 July 2017 at the University of Sussex. It brings together humanists, technologists, educators, and learners to share, build, and make together around the theme of “Rules, Regulations, Resistance”.

Whether building websites, mining data, assembling information, or sharing creative outputs humanists will often encounter laws and regulations. These encounters raise questions the answers to which are not always straightforward, can change over time and between places, and create conflict. These include:

  • What are my rights as a researcher, educator, or practitioner?
  • Is what I am doing legal?
  • Can I share what I find?
  • Who is constraining me? And why?
  • How do I effect change?

The event will focus on hands-on sessions that explore the humanities, technology, rules, regulations, and resistance. Any proposal on this theme is welcome, including those on the study of rules, regulations, and resistance (contemporary or historical) using information technology. We are particularly interested in proposals:

  • That offer discussion points and provocations, project updates, demonstrations.
  • For one-day or two-day projects that aim to produce things (performances, documents, objects, code, training materials).
  • From individuals with a idea looking for people to work with them on it.
  • That provide opportunities for remote participation.
  • That seek to test the UK Text and Data Mining Exception.

As participants, you will pick on the first day when, where, and whether the sessions proposed take place.

The event is free to attend. If you are interested in joining us or proposing a session, please register at Please note that spaces are limited so registration is vital. If you need help getting to us or if your project has hardware requirements, "" target="_blank">let us know and we’ll see what we can do to support you.

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About James Baker

James Baker is a Lecturer in Digital History and Archives at the University of Sussex (and the awesome Sussex Humanities Lab). He is a historian of long eighteenth century Britain and of contemporary archiving. He is a Software Sustainability Institute Fellow and holds degrees from the University of Southampton and latterly the University of Kent, where in 2010 he completed his doctoral research on the late-Georgian satirical artist-engraver Isaac Cruikshank. As an eighteenth centuryist, his research interests include satirical art, the making and selling of printed objects, urban protest, and corpus analysis. His near contemporary historical interests include the curation of personal digital archives, the critical examination of forensic software and captures, the use of born-digital archives in historical research, and scribing and archiving in the age of the hard disk. Prior to joining Sussex, James has held positions of Digital Curator at the British Library and Postdoctoral Fellow with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies of British Art. He is a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College, a convenor of the Institute of Historical Research Digital History seminar and a member of the History Lab Plus Advisory Board.