Mapping DH in India

New report by P.P. Sneha from Centre for Internet & Society, Bangalore

In the short time span that the term ‘digital humanities’ (henceforth DH) has been around in the Indian academic landscape, it had generated much discussion and debate about the changes in humanities practice, scholarship and pedagogy that have come about with the digital turn. This report addresses the following questions:

  • What are the spaces and roles of digital technologies in the humanities, and by extension in the arts, media, and creative practice today?
  • How has it transformed objects and methods of study and practice in these spaces?
  • What does it tell us about the relationship between the humanities and technology?
  • Perhaps most importantly, what is our imagination of the ‘digital’ itself, and how does it shape our humanities practices?

Background

The study began as an attempt to understand the growing interest around the term DH in India, but the scope expanded to explore what specific contexts and conditions are in place in India that give it critical purchase. Five universities now offer various programmes in DH in India – ranging from a Master’s degree to certificate courses, and there have been several workshops, winter schools, seminars and one national level consultation over the last five years. Academic and applied practices focus on building of digital archives, film studies, game studies, textual studies, cultural heritage and critical making to name just a few. While these efforts have managed to create a growing interest in DH, there is still a lack of consensus on what exactly constitutes the field in India. Thus, questions around definition, ontology, and method remain pertinent, as does the need for recognition by the national academic bureaucracy.

How to obtain a copy

This report comes out of an extended research project supported by the Kusuma Trust. A summary of the report and a link to the pdf of the whole report can be found here.

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