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Blog Entry Pleasure and Pornography: Pornography and the Blindfolded Gaze of the Law
by Namita A. Malhotra published Apr 02, 2009 last modified Aug 02, 2011 08:37 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , , , ,
In the legal discourse, pornography as a category is absent, except as an aggravated form of obscenity. Does this missing descriptive category assist in the rampant circulation of pornography, either online or offline? Rather than ask that question, Namita Malhotra, in this second post documenting her CIS-RAW project, explores certain judgments that indeed deal with pornographic texts and uncovers the squeamishness that ensures that pornography as an object keeps disappearing before the law.
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Blog Entry Pornography & the Law - A Call for Peer Review
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 21, 2010 last modified Dec 14, 2012 12:12 PM — filed under: , ,
Namita Malhotra's research project on "Pornography & the Law". is a part of the Researchers @ Work Programme at the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore. Her monograph is an attempt to unravel the relations between pornography, technology and the law in the shifting context of the contemporary.
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Postcolonial Hybridity and the ‘Terrors of Technology’ Argument
by Asha Achuthan published Apr 15, 2009 last modified Aug 03, 2011 09:45 AM — filed under: , , ,
In the last couple of posts, Asha Achuthan has been building towards an understanding of how the anti-technology arguments in India have been posed, in the nationalist and Marxist positions. She goes on, in this sixth post documenting her project, to look at the arguments put out by the postcolonial school, their appropriation of Marxist terminology, their stances against Marxism in responding to science and technology in general, and the implications of these arguments for other fields of inquiry.
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Researchers At Work
by Nishant Shah published Sep 17, 2008 last modified Jan 04, 2012 05:27 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , , , , ,
CIS-RAW stands for Researchers at Work, a multidisciplinary research initiative by the Centre for Internet and Society, Bangalore. CIS firmly believes that in order to understand the contemporary concerns in the field of Internet and Society, it is necessary to produce local and contextual accounts of the interaction between the internet and socio-cultural and geo-political structures. The CIS-RAW programme hopes to produce one of the first documentations on the transactions and negotiations, relationships and correlations that the emergence of internet technologies has resulted in, specifically in the South. The CIS-RAW programme recognises ‘The Histories of the Internet and India’ as its focus for the first two years. Although many disciplines, organisations and interventions in various areas deal with internet technologies, there has been very little work in documenting the polymorphous growth of internet technologies and their relationship with society in India. The existing narratives of the internet are often riddled with absences or only focus on the mainstream interests of major stakeholders, like the state and the corporate. We find it imperative to excavate the three-decade histories of the internet to understand the contemporary concerns and questions in the field.
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Rewiring Bodies: Methodologies of Critique - Responses to technology in feminist and gender work in India
by Asha Achuthan published Jul 20, 2009 last modified Aug 03, 2011 09:44 AM — filed under: , , ,
In this post, part of her CIS-RAW 'Rewiring Bodies' project, Asha Achuthan records the arguments within feminism and gender work that critique the use of technology in the Indian context, and attempts to show continuities between these arguments and postcolonial formulations. Overall, the post also records notions of the 'political' that inform the contour of these critiques.
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Rewiring Bodies: Technology and the Nationalist Moment [1]
by Asha Achuthan published Feb 17, 2009 last modified Aug 03, 2011 09:47 AM — filed under: , , ,
This is the second post in a series by Asha Achuthan on her project, Rewiring Bodies. In this blog entry, Asha looks at the trajectory of responses to technology in India to understand the genesis of the assumption that the subjects of technology are separate from the tool, machine, or instrument.
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Rewiring Bodies: Technology and the Nationalist Moment [2]
by Asha Achuthan published Feb 25, 2009 last modified Aug 03, 2011 09:47 AM — filed under: , , ,
This is the third in a series of posts on Asha Achuthan's Rewiring Bodies project. In this post, Asha looks at the Tagore-Gandhi debates on technology to throw some light on the question of whether there was a nationalist alternative to the technology offered by the West.
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Blog Entry Separating the 'Symbiotic Twins'
by Nitya V published Jun 17, 2010 last modified Sep 18, 2019 02:10 PM — filed under: ,
This post tries to undo the comfortable linking that has come to exist in the ‘radical’ figure of the cyber-queer. And this is so not because of a nostalgic sense of the older ways of performing queerness, or the world of the Internet is fake or unreal in comparison to bodily experience, and ‘real’ politics lies elsewhere. This is so as it is a necessary step towards studying the relationship between technology and sexuality.
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Blog Entry The 'Dark Fibre' Files: Interview with Jamie King and Peter Mann
by Siddharth Chadha published Mar 27, 2009 last modified Aug 04, 2011 04:41 AM — filed under: , , , , , , , , ,
Film-makers Jamie King (producer/director of the 'Steal This Film' series) and Peter Mann, in conversation with Siddharth Chadha, on 'Dark Fibre', their latest production, being filmed in Bangalore
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The (Postcolonial) Marxist Shift in Response to Technology
by Asha Achuthan published Mar 27, 2009 last modified Aug 03, 2011 09:47 AM — filed under: , , ,
In her previous post, Asha Achuthan discussed, through the Gandhi-Tagore debates, the responses to science and technology that did not follow the dominant Marxist-nationalist positions. Later Marxist-postcolonial approaches to science and responses to technology were conflated in anti-technology arguments, particularly in development. In this post, the fifth in a series on her project, she will briefly trace the 1980s shift in Marxist thinking in India as a way of approaching the shift in the science and technology question. This exercise will reveal the ambivalence in Marxist practice toward continuing associations between the ‘rational-scientific’ on the one hand and the ‘revolutionary’ on the other.
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