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Architectures of Knowledge: Mumbai workshop


05/15 The pilot project in Mumbai, India has been funded with generous support from the President’s Global Innovation Fund.

Over the past two years, a number of key conversations, workshops and events at Columbia have delved into expanding and embedding digital humanities among faculty and students. In the History, English, Computer Science departments and the Library, workshops have introduced or trained participants and embarked on direct collaboration with faculty research projects. A key intellectual concern arising out of these meetings is to interrogate the territorial and conceptual space of the digital humanities vis-à-vis justice. How do fundamental concerns of humanistic scholarship—gender, race, inequality, law, ethics—intersect and inhabit the techniques, tools and methods of digital humanities? What means are present to integrate the global perspective—the inclusion of distinct and diverse voices and realities—with the universalism that often pervades the field of digital humanities.

Check the events page for an updated schedule and the full list of participants.

More than half of the world’s population accesses the internet through a mobile phone. And yet, much of the academic practice in digital humanities and computational social sciences is aimed at bandwidth-heavy, visually complicated, high-performance vision of knowledge production. Embraced by eco-modders and by members of the GO::DH community alike, minimal computing is not just a model for the “developing world.” It offers all the possibility of human technology, less shiny and more chaotic perhaps than big data or 3-D graphics, but also, in contrast, universally accessible, hackable, lasting, portable, and empowered.

Free Archives & Shadow Libraries

Responding to President Bollinger’s call to expand the campus conversation about Equal Justice, this proposal, Architectures of Knowledge, harnesses the emerging field of Digital Humanities towards critically engaging with questions of digital publics, epistemic regimes, and knowledge architectures. To these ends, we have organized an international meeting of researchers, librarians, and activists that addresses equitable distribution of information globally. Events held in Mumbai, India July 4th-6th. Organized by Columbia University in cooperation with Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai, Center for International History, TISS, Leuphana University, CAMP, Multimedia Institute, and others.

We are inviting you to participate in a two day workshop at TISS Mumbai to be held July 4-6th, 2016. The workshop will bring together activists, scholars, artists, and librarians concerned with global inequalities facing knowledge work. These manifest in the aggregation of material and scientific archives in northern Europe and America; the pay-walls constructed by the corporate publishing industry; and the amassing of digital labor in the Global South while the prestige economy remains in the Global North. In this meeting, we will investigate technological and artistic practices of epistemic action, build alliances across borders and economies, share notes, and outline possibilities for further concerted action.

Organizational detail:

Do not hesitate to email one of the organizers with any questions. We will email detailed instructions about the venue, directions, and food closer to the date. Check this page for updates.

Provisional Schedule

July 2-3, pre-event workshop

Day 1, July 4 (TISS)
Transportation details TBA

Day 2, July 5 (R&R)
Transpiration TBA

Day 3, July 6
Transportation TBA

Participating Partners

Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai
School of Environment and Architecture
Centre for Labour Studies, TISS