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by Sumandro Chattapadhyay last modified Sep 13, 2015 10:41 AM
Making Humanities in the Digital: Embodiment and Framing in Bichitra and Indiancine.ma

Making Humanities in the Digital: Embodiment and Framing in Bichitra and Indiancine.ma

by Sneha PP — last modified Apr 18, 2018 05:18 AM

The growth of the internet and digital technologies in the last couple of decades, and the emergence of new ‘digital objects’ of enquiry has led to a rethinking of research methods across disciplines as well as innovative modes of creative practice. This chapter discusses some of the questions that arise around the processes by which digital objects are ‘made’ and made available for arts and humanities research and practice, by drawing on recent work in text and film archival initiatives in India. Through an exploration of an online film archive, Indiancine.ma, and a digital variorum of Rabindranath Tagore’s works, Bichitra, developed at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, the chapter engages with the processes of making and studying digital objects as creative and analytical, affective, and embodied. Drawing also on observations from a study on mapping digital humanities work in India, the chapter explores conceptual and material processes of the digital to understand how they affect research and practice in the humanities. These also allow for a new perspectives to understand the condition of digitality we inhabit today, as well as the possibilities it offers for the humanities.

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Information Infrastructures, State, and Citizens: An Initial Literature Survey

by Khetrimayum Monish Singh, Ranjit Singh, Palashi Vaghela, and Nazifa Ahmed — last modified Mar 28, 2018 09:02 AM

Our approach to unpacking the nature of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) as an information infrastructure is centered on how it mediates the relationship between the Indian state and its citizens. In this sense, an information infrastructure is not end in itself, rather it is a means to an end. In our case, the end is the eventual differentiation between citizens and immigrants in Assam and the updated NRC is the means to practically achieve it. As the updated NRC is put to use, it simultaneously creates a particular conception of what the Indian state looks like and defines a new terrain of making claims to citizenship. By extension, it creates a new form of Indian citizenship enacted by tuples of data stored in the updated NRC. Thus, while paying close attention to the historical narratives of identity politics in Assam (Baruah 1999; Hazarika 1994; Roy 2010), our initial survey of literature speaks to the nature of this mediation. We focus on how scholars in a diversity of fields, ranging from Information Science (IS) and Science and Technology Studies (STS) to Anthropology and Political Science, have engaged with how state infrastructures mediate the state-citizen relationship. We have divided this literature survey into three parts and we will specify the questions that we would like to ask of our field at the end of each part.

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Designing Urban Nervous Systems

Mar 27, 2018 from 03:30 PM to 05:30 PM The Centre for Internet and Society, No.194, 2nd C Cross, Domlur 2nd Stage Bangalore, by Ambika Tandon

Dr. Anupam Saraph will be holding a talk on 'Designing urban nervous systems' at the CIS on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. The talk will revolve around looking at cities as living organisms, with nervous systems at the center of their being.

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Digital Native: A new road to justice

Digital Native: A new road to justice

by Nishant Shah — last modified Mar 25, 2018 03:44 AM
March 25, 2018

Making the List takes courage and strength. It involves the formation of a new collective of care.

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Digital native: Our lonely connected lives

by Nishant Shah — last modified Mar 25, 2018 03:40 AM
March 25, 2018

Even as the UK last month announced the appointment of Minister of Loneliness, which sounds more like the title of the next Arundhati Roy novel, it is worth examining why we are so alone in the age of hyperconnectivity.

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Digital Native: AI Manifesto

by Nishant Shah — last modified Mar 17, 2018 11:02 AM
March 17, 2018

Our intention and government action will determine our relationship with AI.

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Research Symposium on Digital Transitions in Cultural and Creative Industries in India, New Delhi, Feb 27-28

from Feb 27, 2018 10:00 AM to Feb 28, 2018 06:00 PM UNESCO New Delhi - Conference Room, 1 San Martin Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, 110021, by Sumandro Chattapadhyay

It is our privilege to collaborate with LabEx ICCA (Université Paris 13), UNESCO New Delhi, Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH), and Centre d'études de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud (CEIAS), to organise a Research Symposium on Digital Transitions in Cultural and Creative Industries in India. The symposium gathers researchers and practitioners engaging with the changing landscape of cultural and creative industries in India in the context of the rapid expansion of digital technologies and social media. We invite you to join us for a critical exploration of the prevalent discourse around cultural and creative industries, to identify what could be the different forms of digital creative and cultural industries developing in India, and how they problematise the questions of cultural expression, knowledge production, creativity, and labour.

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Life of a Tuple: National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Reform of Citizen Identification Infrastructure in Assam

by Sumandro Chattapadhyay — last modified Jan 22, 2018 11:02 AM

We are proud to announce that a research grant from the Azim Premji University has enabled us to initiate a study of the ongoing updation process of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and the resultant reform of citizen identification infrastructure in India. The study is being led by Khetrimayum Monish Singh and Ranjit Singh, along with Sumandro Chattapadhyay. Here we present an initial brief about the study.

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Digital native: The age of consent

by Nishant Shah — last modified Jan 10, 2018 02:17 AM
January 10, 2018

Just like porn is not real life, all news is not real news. It’s time, therefore, to come of age in the 18th year of this century.

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