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Blog Entry Back When the Past had a Future: Being Precarious in a Network Society
by Nishant Shah published Feb 12, 2013 last modified Feb 12, 2013 06:16 AM — filed under: , , ,
We live in Network Societies. This phrase has been so bastardised to refer to the new information turn mediated by digital technologies, that we have stopped paying attention to what the Network has become. Networks are everywhere. They have become the default metaphor of our times, where everything from infrastructure assemblies to collectives of people, are all described through the lens of a network.
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Blog Entry Binary Code Invades the Universal Problematic
by Anirudh Sridhar published May 26, 2014 last modified May 27, 2014 05:35 AM — filed under:
This essay looks at language as an archive and posits, through a reading of Foucault, Derrida, Saussure and Jakobson that the means of perceiving language in the digital has changed. Communication requires community and the large networks made possible by the binary code, an added layer of linguistic units, changes the way we are able to communicate online. Big Data has further changed the way we interact with language and the world. The way the machine perceives language, through selection rather than combination with access to the “complete” archive allows it to make predictions and decisions through mere correlation rather than the causational mode of science hitherto conducted by human beings.
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Blog Entry Call for Contributions and Reflections: Your experiences in Decolonizing the Internet’s Languages!
by Puthiya Purayil Sneha published Aug 07, 2019 last modified Aug 07, 2019 12:29 PM — filed under: , , , , , , , ,
Whose Knowledge?, the Oxford Internet Institute, and the Centre for Internet and Society are creating a State of the Internet’s Languages report, as baseline research with both numbers and stories, to demonstrate how far we are from making the internet multilingual. We also hope to offer some possibilities for doing more to create the multilingual internet we want. This research needs the experiences and expertise of people who think about these issues of language online from different perspectives. Read the Call here and share your submission by September 2, 2019.
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Blog Entry CIS Featured in 'Building Expertise to Support Digital Scholarship: A Global Perspective' Report
by Puthiya Purayil Sneha published Oct 16, 2015 last modified Oct 16, 2015 07:43 AM — filed under: , , ,
This report, authored by Vivian Lewis, Lisa Spiro, Xuemao Wang, and Jon E. Cawthorne, sheds light on the expertise required to support a robust and sustainable digital scholarship (DS) program. It focuses first on defining and describing the key domain knowledge, skills, competencies, and mindsets at some of the world’s most prominent digital scholarship programs. It then identifies the main strategies used to build this expertise, both formally and informally. The work is set in a global context, examining leading digital scholarship organizations in China, India, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. The report team visited and spoke to us last year, as part of the study. Here are the Executive Summary and link to the final report.
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Blog Entry Confession in the Digital Age
by Sneha PP published Apr 14, 2014 — filed under:
The pervasive influence of digital technology, particularly the Internet in our lives today seems to have blurred the boundaries between the real and virtual, public and private. The perceived condition of anonymity made available by the digital sphere brings forth questions about identity and the self, and more importantly the conditions that have come together in creating a new notion of the private sphere. In this guest post Rimi Nandy reflects upon her research study on the trend of Facebook confessions in India, and its implications for questions of identity and self-representation.
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Copy 'N' Paste: Ausstellung
by Prasad Krishna published Aug 16, 2013 last modified Aug 28, 2013 09:36 AM — filed under:
Dr. Nishant Shah was a speaker at this event hosted by Post Media Lab on August 12, 2013. He spoke on "About the Violence of Knowledge Cartels".
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Blog Entry Data Lives of Humanities Text
by Puthiya Purayil Sneha published Dec 23, 2020 last modified Dec 23, 2020 01:07 PM — filed under: , , ,
The ‘computational turn’ in the humanities has brought with it several questions and challenges for traditional ways of engaging with the ‘text’ as an object of enquiry. The prevalence of data-driven scholarship in the humanities offers several challenges to traditional forms of work and practice, with regard to theory, tools, and methods. In the context of the digital, ‘text’ acquires new forms and meanings, especially with practices such as distant reading. Drawing upon excerpts from an earlier study on digital humanities in India, this essay discusses how data in the humanities is not a new phenomenon; concerns about the ‘datafication’ of humanities, now seen prominently in digital humanities and related fields is actually reflective of a longer conflict about the inherited separation between humanities and technology. It looks at how ‘data’ in the humanities has become a new object of enquiry as a result of several changes in the media landscape in the past few decades. These include large-scale digitalization and availability of corpora of materials (digitized and born-digital) in an array of formats and across varied platforms, thus leading to also a steady prevalence of the use of computational methods in working with and studying cultural artifacts today. This essay also explores how reading ‘text as data’ helps understand the role of data in the making of humanities texts and redefines traditional ideas of textuality, reading, and the reader.
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December 2013 Bulletin
by Prasad Krishna published Dec 31, 2013 last modified Feb 25, 2014 01:51 PM — filed under: , , , , , ,
Our newsletter for the month of December 2013 can be accessed below.
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Blog Entry Defending the Humanities in the Digital Age
by Nishant Shah published Feb 24, 2014 last modified Mar 06, 2014 11:40 AM — filed under:
The author says that he is trying to take the formulation of digital humanities as a history-in-making where we might still be able to salvage the humanities from being soft-skills and our pedagogies from becoming reduced to MOOCs.
Located in RAW / Digital Humanities
Blog Entry Digital Gender: Theory, Methodology and Practice
by Nishant Shah published Mar 20, 2014 last modified Apr 07, 2014 04:07 AM — filed under: ,
Dr. Nishant Shah was a panelist at a workshop jointly organized by HUMlab and UCGS (Umeå Centre for Gender Studies) at Umeå University from March 12 to 14, 2014. He blogged about the conference.
Located in RAW / Digital Humanities