During my PhD tenure in the Digital Humanities Studies Research Group at Indian Institute of Technology Indore in 2015, I looked for text mining on Indian English literature, but couldn’t find one. Even the DH scholars I met from different parts of India during various occasions expressed that their dearth of ‘know-how’ precludes their research in Digital Humanities. Mohanapriya, a research scholar at Bharathiar University said, “[l]ack of infrastructure and proper training in [the] programming language made me give up after facing many attempts” on mining English novels (Shanmugapriya and Menon 2020). The same is the case for many scholars…

From the Managing Editor’s Desk: As we publish this article in the May of 2021, India has seen a massive second wave of COVID cases. From the constant calls on social media for oxygen cylinders and beds to media coverage of people dying because of no oxygen, it is difficult to explain the deep dissonance that we experience in our daily lives. While some institutions have been fairly reasonable about expectations from students and teachers, the same cannot be said about many others, still insisting on submission of exams and assignments. The video of Seema Singh, a professor at IIT…

-Riddhima Sharma

Ten hands raised up in the air with #METOO written on the palm
Ten hands raised up in the air with #METOO written on the palm
Hands raised up in the air with #METOO written on the palms (Image used under Creative Commons License)

In a deeply stratified society like India, accessing and engaging with digital media platforms affects and is affected by the hierarchies and inequities of caste, gender, sexuality, class, and disability. While we see these inequities, oppression and violence being reproduced and amplified online, these inequities have also been actively challenged by historically marginalized groups to recenter marginalized caste, gendered, queer, disabled and classed histories (Sharma 2014; Subramanian 2015; Harad 2018; Gajjala 2019; Kumar 2021). …

Khushboo Sahrawat

Screenshot from the home page of the project, Rural India in Changing Media Cultures

The stories from the rural parts of India receive minimal coverage in mainstream media. As per a recent study on ‘Rural Coverage in the Hindi and English Dailies,’ the author concluded that “only a minuscule proportion,” which is about 2%, make it to the newspaper’s total coverage on issues of rural India. I heard P. Sainath, the Ramon Magsaysay Award recipient rural journalist, say “mainstream media excludes the mainstream” in a talk he delivered at Winter Institute in Digital Humanities, held at my home institute, IIT Gandhinagar, in December 2019. These were the building blocks and motivation of…

“Beyond Defaults: Multilingual DH meets Cultural Analytics” by Quinn Dombrowski

-Event Report by Subhanjali Saraswati

Poster of the event

A strong voice advocating for the change in the framework with Digital Humanities projects, Quinn Dombrowski begins that DH is not simply a pedagogical or an activist scholarship but a knowledge resource available to the milieu. She argues that if DH is not a permanent and long standing job, it is the self interest involved that enables each project to gain a life, and a living quality. Further she points towards the possible hiccups that may arise in any DH project, the upkeep and maintenance…

-Prakruti Maniar

From the Managing Editor’s Desk: What does it mean for a digital platform aimed at cataloguing heritage architecture to be crowdsourced? What forms of infrastructure are entwined in this cataloguing process? DHARTI’s very own Prakruti Maniar chatted with Philip Earis, the site manager of Stepwell Atlas to think carefully about these questions. At a time, when different forms of water architecture in India are being neglected, what can such renewed forms of engagement with spaces mean for conservation and sustainability? Can they spark policy change? Read on…

Screenshot of the home page of Stepwell Atlas

Digital Humanities Projects are characterized by a virtual look and feel…

Dr. Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang and Dr. Shanmuga Priya/ Electronic Literature

-Samya Brata Roy

Poster of the event

The DHARTI Speaks! is a series organized by DHARTI that will see Global Voices and/in Local Conversations on DH.

The first session of this series started with co-founder Dr Dibyadyuti Roy’s introduction on the ‘rhizomatic’ beginnings and presence of DH in India and how different it is from DH in the West. Co-founder Dr Nirmala Menon further added, how there was a lack of presence of non-Anglophone electronic literature in the mainstream and their hopes that a session of this nature could help propel the discussion. After the opening words, Dr. Roy introduced Dr.

From the Managing Editor’s Desk: As we end 2020 with a global pandemic still looming large, Sarthak Padhi shares his experience of how an art form such as theatre undergoes transformation in the lockdown aided by the digital medium. How does mode of enactment change when the stage is a virtual screen? What does it mean to reimagine audience engagement with theatre? Sarthak has some insights to share. Read on…

Virtual Script reading session of BITS Hindi Drama Club (Image Courtesy: Author)

The digital medium has changed the ways in which we communicate. It has not only formed new dynamics of how we express each other, but has also altered conventional forms…

—Sohini Sengupta and Sourav Chattopadhyay

From the Managing editor’s desk : The act of digital archiving invites scholars and teachers in the humanities to think through different forms of infrastructure: from the materiality of the stone to the design of the World Wide Web. What does the act of archiving offer to rethink relationships among places, mediums and ideas? In this inaugural piece of DHARTI Medium blog, Sohini Sengupta and Sourav Chattopadhyay take us to a walk : you meet figures forgotten in history; you meander through fragmented stories ; and then when you have been able to find a way out, you realize that…

Our Vision

The primary aim of the DHARTI (Digital Humanities Alliance for Research and Teaching Innovations) blog is to curate short articles, reflections and provocations, to promote conversations around digital practices in arts and humanities scholarship in India, both within and beyond academic institutions. In an attempt to decolonize Digital Humanities, we are committed to amplifying voices of marginalized populations and communities, whose voices get left out of the DH conversation.

We envision this blog as a space that will allow us to reach a wider range of audience, with varying degrees of interest in Digital Humanities in India.



Blog of Digital Humanities Alliance for Research and Teaching Innovations(DHARTI), an initiative towards organising and facilitating digital practices in India

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