1st Edition

Exploring Digital Humanities in India Pedagogies, Practices, and Institutional Possibilities

Edited By Maya Dodd, Nidhi Kalra Copyright 2020
    224 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    224 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    224 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book explores the emergence of digital humanities in the Indian context. It looks at how online and digital resources have transformed classroom and research practices. It examines some fundamental questions: What is digital humanities? Who is a digital humanist? What is its place in the Indian context?

    The chapters in the volume:

    • study the varied practices and pedagogies involved in incorporating the ‘digital’ into traditional classrooms;

    • showcase how researchers across disciplinary lines are expanding their scope of research, by adding a ‘digital’ component to update their curriculum to contemporary times;

    • highlight how this has also created opportunities for researchers to push the boundaries of their pedagogy and encouraged students to create ‘live projects’ with the aid of digital platforms; and

    • track changes in the language of research, documentation, archiving and reproduction as new conversations are opening up across Indian languages.

    A major intervention in the social sciences and humanities, this book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of media studies, especially new and digital media, education, South Asian studies and cultural studies.


    Maya Dodd and Nidhi Kalra


    PART I: Digital Histories

    1. Digital Infrastructures and Technoutopian Fantasies: The Colonial Roots of Technology Aid in the Global South

    Dhanashree Thorat

    2. A Question of Digital Humanities in India

    Puthiya Purayil Sneha

    3. Historians and their Public

    Rochelle Pinto

    4. Mapping Change: The Possibilities for the Spatial Humanities in India

    Karan Kumar and Rahul Chopra


    PART II: Digital Institutions and Pedagogies

    5. Museum Collections in India and the Digital Space

    Joyoti Roy

    6. Processes of Pluralisation: Digital Databases and Art Writing in India

    Sneha Ragavan

    7. Digital Humanities in India: Pedagogy, Publishing and Practices

    Nirmala Menon and Shanmugapriya T

    8. Digital Humanities, or What You Will: Bringing DH to Indian Classrooms

    Souvik Mukherjee

    9. Decolonising Design: Making Critically in India

    Padmini Ray Murray



    PART III: Subaltern Digital Humanities

    10. Ethics and Feminist Archiving in the Digital Age: An Interview with CS Lakshmi

    Nidhi Kalra and Manasi Nene

    11. Designing LGBT Archive Frameworks

    Niruj Mohan Ramanujam

    12. Fieldwork with the Digital

    Surajit Sarkar


    PART IV: Digital Practices

    13. Digital Humanities Practices and Cultural Heritage: Indian Video Games

    Xenia Zeiler

    14. Notes from a Newsroom: Interrogating the Transformation of Hindustan Times in a "Digital" Space

    Dhrubo Jyoti and Vidya Subramanian

    15. Did Digital Kill The Radio Star? The Changing Landscape of the Audio Industry with the Advent of New Digital Media

    Mae Mariyam Thomas


    Maya Dodd received her PhD from Stanford University in Modern Thought and Literature. Subsequently, she received postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton University, USA, and Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. She also taught in the Department of Anthropology at Princeton University and in English departments at Stanford and the University of Florida. Currently, she is Assistant Dean of Teaching, Learning and Engagement and is a part of the Department of Humanities and Languages, and she teaches Literary and Cultural Studies at FLAME University, India. Her research interests include Indian law and cultural studies, and her teaching is focused on the digital classroom and archiving practices in South Asian cultural studies.

    Nidhi Kalra is a doctoral candidate working on affect and conflict at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at IIT Bombay and is also Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities at FLAME University, Pune, India. She has taught at the English Department in Savitribai Phule Pune University and Gargi College in the University of Delhi, India. Nidhi received her MPhil in English Literature from the University of Delhi, for which she worked on problematising Holocaust memoirs. Her research interests include memory studies, trauma studies, oral history, digital humanities and children’s/young adult literature.