For the month of July, the Special Interest Group Coordinators of DHARTI reflect on their experiences of editing the DHARTI digital publication for the first cycle. They share their aspiration, thoughts and suggest ways to move forward. Stay tuned till the end for an announcement and Call for Submissions.


When I was envisioning the space of the DHARTI Medium platform with my colleagues, the objective was to amplify voices that otherwise get left out of mainstream Digital Humanities conversations in India. We were committed to creating a safe space that will allow undergraduate and graduate scholars in India to…

Milli Consortium celebrated the International Archives Week (IAW) between June 7 to 13, 2021, involving panel discussions, showcases, and workshops. The weeklong event presented over 25 sessions, involving more than 50 speakers of national and international repute. The June 12 panel, titled ‘Learn’, invited pedagogues, independent researchers, students, and professionals/ individuals to deliberate on issues pertaining to the pedagogical implications of archives, working on projects as part of the teaching-learning process, and contributing to a crowdsourced COVID Care archive. The first panel is of specific interest to all DH enthusiasts from India as it featured some of the most prominent…

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“I think the first time I really recognized the potency of communal discrimination in schools was while I was teaching in a private school in Delhi in 2017. A student(upper caste) had come crying to me saying that his best friend(a Muslim) had not only touched his tiffin with his bare hands, but had also finished half of it. This was nothing out of the ordinary; except this was an auspicious day, and according to him, his religion cautioned that eating food contaminated (jhoothan ho jana) by a member of any other caste or community on this day could be…

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.


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