The Arts,
Knowledge, and Critique
in the Digital Age in India

Addressing Challenges in the Digital Humanities

28-29 November, Department of Liberal Arts, IIT Hyderabad, India

About The Event

About The Conference

This conference is conceived as a dialogue between different disciplines, on the effect digital ways of knowing have upon historiography, aesthetics, language, culture and heritage, and human life, contemporaneity and thought.


Conference Hall A620
Department of Liberal Arts,
IIT Hyderabad, India


Thurday and Friday
28-29 November 2019

Event Schedule

A two-day interdisciplinary conference organized by Sahapedia
and Department of Liberal Arts, IIT Hyderabad



Keynote Address

Mikaela Jade (Indigital, Sydney)

Tea Break

Session 1: Community and Knowledge

Chair and Discussant: Haripriya Narasimhan (IIT Hyderabad)

Seeking Decentralized Oralities in Haystacks of Digital Rights (or Wrongs)?
TB Dinesh (Janastu, Bengaluru)

Shared Path Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation
Sean Appoo (Shared Path, New South Wales)

Digital Humanities and New Sites of Digital Archival Practice in India
PP Sneha (Centre for Internet and Society, Bengaluru)

The Power of Data Science Ontogeny: Constructing IT Skill Tutoring in India
Nimmi Rangaswamy (IIIT Hyderabad)

Graduate Student Presentations
Working Memory in a Music Archive
Shantanu Majee (Jadavpur University)

The Creation of an Anti-Caste Archive on Social Media
Sujatha Subramanian (Ohio State University)


Session 2: Locality and Environment

Chair and Discussant: Anant Maringanti (Hyderabad Urban Lab)

The Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography (PECE): Scale, Infrastructure, Kaleidoscopics
Aalok Khandekar (IIT Hyderabad)

Constructing the Event: Memory and Archive of the 2005 Maharashtra Flood
Chitra Venkatramani (National University Singapore, via Skype)

(M)apping Digital Heritage in Localities
Deborah Ruth Sutton (University of Lancaster)

Sovereignty and Digital Mediations: Revisiting Police Violence in India
Farhana Ibrahim (IIT, New Delhi)

Tea Break

Session 2 (contd.) Graduate Student Presentations

Chair and Discussant: Anant Maringanti (Hyderabad Urban Labs)

‘Smart Cities’ and ‘Smart Citizens’: An Enquiry into Citizenship Discourse
Deepak Kumar (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

A Critique of Instagram Representations of Regional Island Geographies: Built Environments and Changing Epistemological Framework
Bhavya Chittilanghat (IIT Gandhinagar)

Digital Technologies and Urban Governance: Digitising without Democratising?
Uttara Purandare (IIT Mumbai)

Dinner hosted by Goethe-Zentrum, Hyderabad

Session 3: Language, Texts and Pedagogy

Chair and Discussant: Nimmi Rangaswamy (IIT Hyderabad)

Air Travel in Ancient India: Reflecting on Cultural Heritage in a Post-truth Era of Digital Circulation
Aditi Deo (Ahmedabad University)

A Case for Distributed Archives
Arjun Ghosh (IIT Delhi)

Through the Page, Darkly: The Data in the Text
Debapriya Basu (IIT Guwahati)

Creating Digital Archives in India: Pedagogy and the Public Record
Maya Dodd (FLAME University, Pune)

Automated Metadata Extraction of Indian Cultural Text using Natural Language Processing (NLP): A Sahapedia Case Study
Rachna Pande and Vivek Vichare (Sahapedia and 64Squares)

Tea Break

Session 3 (contd.)

Chair and Discussant: Anindita Majumdar (IIT Hyderabad)

Trolls and Trivialities: The Question of Language and Ethics in the Age of Digital Media
Arnapurna Rath (IIT Gandhinagar, via Skype)

Digital Hijras: Intersex/tions of Queer and Postcolonial Digital Humanities
Rahul Gairola (Murdoch University, via Skype)

Graduate Student Presentations
Digital Reading: Anarchy of Distraction and Distracted Reading
Dimple Khattar (IIT Gandhinagar)

The Mahabharata Across Mediums: Intermedial Connections and the Epic Genre
Shivani Sharma (IIT Gandhinagar)

Dalit Panther’ Porn: The Role of the Digital in Shaping Local Power Structures
Damayanti Saha (FLAME University, Pune)


Session 4: Democracy

Chair and Discussant: Shubha Ranganathan (IIT Hyderabad)

Between Data and Meaning Making: Reflections on 'Emplaced' Research from Hyderabad
Anant Maringanti (Hyderabad Urban Lab)

Archives as Crucible, Archives as Commons
Venkat Srinivasan (National Center for Biological Sciences)

Negotiating the Political in the Indian Community Radio Sphere: Historical Choices, Contemporary Predicaments
Vinod Pavarala (University of Hyderabad)

Tea Break

Concluding Discussion and Vote of Thanks

Exhibition: The Power of Emotions, brought to you by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and the Goethe-Institut Venue: B-Block Atrium, IIT Hyderabad, 28/11/2019 to 7/12/2019

Event Venue

Conference Hall A620, Department of Liberal Arts, IIT Hyderabad, Kandi, Sangareddy 502285, Telangana

The department of Liberal Arts at IIT Hyderabad is a leading center for the study of a highly diverse range of subjects including Cultural Studies, Economics, English (Literature and Language), Psychology, Linguistics, Sociology and Social Anthropology

Sponsors and Partners

Contact Us

You can contact Niharika at Sahapedia, Delhi or Chandan at IIT, Hyderabad

Address IIT Hyderabad

Dr. Chandan Bose | Asst. Professor
Department of Liberal Arts
IIT Hyderabad
Kandi,Sangareddy 502285
Phone:+91 98302 78148

Address Sahapedia

Niharika Gupta | Director, Research
C-1/3, First Floor
Safdarjung Development Area
New Delhi - 110016

Phone: 011-4106 5046, ext. 114