Nirmala Menon on marrying technology and the humanities

It is difficult to put a finger on a moment as the beginning of my interest in Digital Humanities- but maybe sometime around the writing of my dissertation in 2009- a postcolonial inquiry about canons and canon making in the discipline. However, life and tenure track sets its own priorities and directions but the interest … Continue reading Nirmala Menon on marrying technology and the humanities

Souvik Mukherjee, Indian gaming culture, and DH

I started DH as an M.A. student in 2001 researching digital games and storytelling. Having faced much academic ostracism back then, it is heartening to see the interest in gaming cultures and (the) digital humanities, today. I completed my MPhil on videogames and narratives from Jadavpur University in 2005 (being probably the videogames researcher from … Continue reading Souvik Mukherjee, Indian gaming culture, and DH

Arjun Ghosh: On conferences, political communication and DH

I have a keen interest in studying political communication through cultural texts. In my doctoral dissertation and my first book I explored the experiences of one of India’s most active theatre groups who have been practicing street theatre for almost five decades. One of the insights that emerged from this work was the need for … Continue reading Arjun Ghosh: On conferences, political communication and DH

Maya Dodd: DH Through History, Archives and more

During graduate school I took a course called The Wired Historian which opened my eyes to the possibilities of technology for archiving. Subsequently as I worked on the Indian Emergency of 1975-77, a relatively recent historical event, the paucity of sources underlined the need to digitize the materials to make them accessible to a wider … Continue reading Maya Dodd: DH Through History, Archives and more

#DHAI2018 Inaugural Conference, June 1-2, 2018, IIT Indore and IIM Indore – Call for Papers and Sessions

DH in India: Contestations, Connections and Collaborations Call for Papers and Sessions: Download, submission deadline is April 15 In his recent polemical piece, noted academic and cultural critic, Timothy Brennan calls Digital Humanities, a “bust” and declares: “[a]fter a decade of investment and hype, what has the field accomplished? Not much.” Brennan’s critique of DH, … Continue reading #DHAI2018 Inaugural Conference, June 1-2, 2018, IIT Indore and IIM Indore – Call for Papers and Sessions

“Our collective work is particularly important in challenging or supplementing the dominant epistemic archives of colonial Britain…”

...DH for me is a networked process that always inherently, when not explicitly, pedagogical. It focuses more on the creation rather than memorization of archives, and also compels us to think creatively about literacy and textually in the 21st century. Our collective work is particularly important in challenging or supplementing the dominant epistemic archives of colonial Britain. Because of its violent suppression of indigenous languages, customs, cultures, traditions, genders, sexualities, and other aspects of South Asian cultures that lend to our current understandings of xenophobic tendencies around the globe, our work in DHAI and will allied organizations is crucial and timely. My current research draws support from the DHAI community as it harnesses and explores these recent tensions around the notion of “digital homes” in contemporary India.