Lives of Data Workshop – January 5-7, 2017

The Sarai Programme, CSDS is organising the Lives of Data Workshop on 5th to 7th January, 2017. The workshop examines the historical and emergent conditions of data-driven knowledge production and circulation in India and South Asia. In the context of the Data Revolution, the workshop links emerging research on the history of statistics, new/old technological forms of inscription, digital infrastructures, and governance after Big Data in India and South Asia. Limited seats are available to attend the workshop. To register, please fill up this form.

Workshop on ‘Privacy after Big Data’, November 12

The Sarai Programme and The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) invite you to a workshop on ‘Privacy after Big Data: What Changes? What should Change?’ on Saturday, November 12, 2016. This workshop aims to build a dialogue around some of the key government-led big data initiatives in India and elsewhere that are contributing significant new challenges and concerns to the ongoing debates on the right to privacy. It is an open event. Please fill this registration form to participate.

Social Media Research Workshop, August 12, 2016

As part of the third and final cycle of Sarai’s Social Media Research Fellowship, since March this year, short-term research fellows have been studying different aspects of digital and social media. On Friday, 12 August, 2016 we are organising a workshop for the fellows to present and discuss their research with a select group of discussants. Limited seats are available to take part in the workshop. To register, please fill up this…

The Wager on Cinema: Screening 5 – Placebo

The Sarai Programme invites you to the fifth screening of the film series titled, The Wager on Cinema : Abhay Kumar’s Placebo. The respondents for this film are Rahul Roy and Ravi Vasudevan. Synopsis of ‘Placebo’: Pressure reaches breaking point at India’s toughest medical school; a film maker goes undercover in this prestigious institution to follow the ambitious doctors of tomorrow, wrestling with lifelong dreams, pain and healing – as the school’s administration stands accused of turning a blind eye to an unfolding tragedy…

The Wager on Cinema: Screening 4 – ‘Emergency Cinema’

As part of The Wager on Cinema film series, ‘Emergency Cinema’ – A Presentation on works from the Films Division by Ritika Kaushik, was organised at The Sarai Programme on 22 July, 2016. This presentation facilitated an informed discussion on official deployment of films during emergency situations, and explored the infrastructural context of their production as reflected in the archival information available about commissioning processes, bureaucratic interventions, and film-making practice…

Call for Abstracts – Lives of Data Workshop

The Sarai Programme invites submission of abstracts for the ‘Lives of Data’ workshop. Besides academic researchers, we strongly encourage media, design and software practitioners to apply for the workshop. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words, and should be sent to by 15 September, 2016, with the subject heading ‘Proposal for the Lives of Data Workshop.’ Authors of the selected abstracts will be notified by 01 October, 2016. The workshop will be held on 06-07 January, 2017 at Sarai-CSDS, 29 Rajpur Road, Delhi…

HillHacks Pre-Event – Saturday, 30 April

The Sarai Programme is excited to host the Delhi pre-event of HillHacks on Saturday, 30 April, 2016. The pre-event will be a relaxed combination of demonstrations and discussions of all things relates to hacking, making, and living in a technology-mediated world. There will be two thematic sessions focused on Art/Design/Technology and Mapping respectively. To RSVP, please send an email to

The Wager on Cinema: Screening 3 – What The Fields Remember

How do we estimate the value, aesthetic force, and meaning of cinema today? As media experience, technological change has transformed it beyond recognition, its material forms altered by analog and digital video formats, and the modes of circulating, viewing, accessing cinema and making it have expanded exponentially. And yet, the dream and ambition of cinema as we have known it has not dissipated, the desire to congregate audiences to participate in a distinct world of experience, whether to excite, amuse, to move or to solicit reflection and engagement, to bear witness and to mobilize…

The Wager on Cinema: Screening 2 – The Factory

The Sarai Programme invites you to the second screening of the film series titled, The Wager on Cinema: Rahul Roy’s ‘The Factory‘. The respondents for this film are Jeebesh Bagchi and Prabhu Mohapatra. Date: 30 March, 2016 Time: 4PM (Tea will be served at 3:30PM) Venue: The Sarai Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing… Read More

The Act Of Media Workshop – Report & Recordings

The Act of Media Workshop, 08-10 January 2016, brought together academics, researchers, and legal practitioners, to discuss themes that were broadly related to law, media and technology. One of the main aims of the workshop was to breakdown disciplinary boundaries, and rethink categories such as ‘media law’. The workshop was divided into six substantive sessions,… Read More