1st Edition

Practices of Digital Humanities in India Learning by Doing

Edited By Maya Dodd, Nirmala Menon Copyright 2025
    272 Pages 80 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    272 Pages 80 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    This book showcases innovations in digital humanities (DH) across efforts in India. It examines DH projects that have spanned private and public efforts institutionally sanctioned lab-work and crowd-sourced programmes of public significance and show how collectively they demonstrate the potential paths of DH in India.

    The essays in the volume highlight the two fundamental challenges for the digital humanities (DH) — acts of curation of new scales and the creation of platforms that can assist in the collation and analysis of these digital archives — and changes in learning behaviour. They examine the transformation of the university, and the opening up of new relationships between knowledge and audience in concomitant spaces of scholarship such as libraries, archives, and museums. The volume brings to the fore citizen efforts across the globe to document, record and preserve as well as create new avenues of study and forge networks of scholarship that look very different from traditional academia. It also foregrounds the challenges of location and addresses the question of how DH should be taught in India and of building digital infrastructures.

    A go-to guide for DH efforts in the Global South, this book will be an essential text for courses on digital humanities, library and information sciences, and online learning.



    1. People’s Archive of Rural India: The Material in the Digital

    Pratishtha Pandya

    2. Building Digital Humanities Curricula in Technology-Emphasized Indian Classrooms

    Mayurakshi Chaudhuri and Chiranjoy Chattopadhyay

    3. Digital Archiving on the Intersections of Academia and Activism

    Farah Yameen and Bhanu Prakash

    4. The Archive as a Crucible: Experiments with Pedagogy through an Archive

    Venkat Srinivasan

    5. Visualizing the Cultural History of South Asia

    Arjun Ghosh


    6. Digital Assessment of Conventional Lexical Analysis of the Urdu Marsiya with Sketch Engine Software

    Saniya Irfan

    7. Dictionary of Colloquial Terminologies: An Open Database Research Platform for Archaeology, Anthropology, Cultural Studies & Digital Humanities

    Sayan Sanyal

    8. Mapping India’s Linguistic Diversity and Exclusion in the Indian Census

    Shivakumar Jolad and Aayush Agarwal

    9. Digital Methods in the Collection, Management, Reuse, Sharing and Circulation of Indian Heritage Data

    Neha Gupta, Abhayan G.S., Sharmistha Chatterjee and Rajesh S.V.

    10. The Promise and Perils of Bot-based Public History

    Srijan Sandip Mandal


    11. Khidki Collective: Reflections on Academic Method Beyond the University

    Swathi Shivanand, C. Yamini Krishna and Chavali Phanisri Soumya

    12. Participatory Engagement & Methods In Digital Humanities

     Medhavi Gandhi

    13. Archiving India through Food – A Personal History of On Eating, a Multilingual Online Journal of Food and Eating

    Kunal Ray and Sumana Roy

    14. Digital Fever: Reflections of a Queer Archive

    Siddarth S Ganesh and Shalom Gauri

    15. Jewish Calcutta, Recalled: Lessons from Building a Digital Public Memory Resource

    Dr. Vinayak Das Gupta

    16. Unveiling Digital Narratives: Understanding (In)visibility & Resistance of Adivasi Women from Jharkhand

    Lipi Bag


    Maya Dodd 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.

    Nirmala Menon leads the Digital Humanities and Publishing Research Group at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indore, India. She is Associate Professor of English in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), IIT Indore. Menon is the project lead for KSHIP (Knowledge Sharing in Publishing), an IIT Indore digital humanities project in multilingual open access scholarly publishing in India. She is widely published in numerous international journals and speaks, writes and publishes about postcolonial studies, digital humanities and scholarly publishing.