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Thursday, May 12 • 1:45pm - 2:00pm
Challenge of Developing a Digital Humanities Center in India

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This talk will reflect on the efforts of the team at the Center of Digital Humanities, Pune (CDH Pune) in establishing that center, and offer an outreach and consulting based model for new DH centers in underfunded contexts in the Global South. Taking up the conference’s focus on work, this talk will focus on the socio-technical, scholarly, and postcolonial labor practices which underpin CDH Pune.

When CDH Pune was instituted in 2013, it did not have substantive financial support. However, there was a strong scholarly interest, in Maharashtra, and more broadly, in India, in learning about the Digital Humanities. To fulfill this need, and act within our resources, we adopted an outreach and consulting approach as a nascent DH center. The goal of this outreach and consulting model is to cultivate a local DH community before undertaking major DH research projects. As a result of this approach, CDH Pune has successfully organized several DH events, and promoted DH as a central theme in two international conferences in India. The Center also offered consulting services for institutions that had resources, were interested in the Digital Humanities but required orientation. One of the projects which emerged from these consultations is a DH Certificate Course, designed by CDH Pune and to be offered at Pune University.

Our talk at HASTAC 2016 will discuss the successes and challenges of this model for new DH centers. We will particularly emphasize the postcolonial and decolonial principles which guide this model. As DH knowledge production primarily occurs in DH centers in Euro-American contexts, CDH Pune is committed to fostering a local and Indian DH, rather than importing Euro-American DH concerns. These postcolonial commitments are also reflected in our labor ethics, ranging from decisions about who builds and maintains IT infrastructures to which speakers are invited to events.


Thursday May 12, 2016 1:45pm - 2:00pm
COOR 186 975 S Myrtle Ave Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 85281
  • Session Location COOR 186

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