Lives of Information Workshop, February 21-22, 2014

The Sarai Programme organised the *Lives of Information* workshop to gather an inter‐disciplinary group of researchers to discuss information practices, cultures, infrastructures, and histories with a specific focus on post-colonial contexts. The workshop examined topics of colonial and post-colonial strategies of archiving identification, storage and informatic governance; bureaucratic cultures and politics of document and media forms; information infrastructures and networked politics; user-created content cultures and anxieties of mediated lives; and more.

The Many Lives of Indian Cinema: 1913-2013 and beyond

This international conference was hosted by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) to celebrate and reflect on a century of Indian cinema. The conference was coordinated by the Sarai programme of CSDS and the CSDS/Sarai-supported South Asian screen studies journal, BioScope. It was part of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Centre… Read More

Thomas Elsaesser – Cinema after Film | Friday, January 10, 7 pm

We invite you to a CSDS Golden Jubilee Lecture on Cinema After Film: On the future of obsolescence of the moving image by Thomas Elsaesser Chaired by Ravi Vasudevan. The lecture concerns itself with the dynamics and consequences of rapid media transfer, especially as they apply to the cinema as cultural memory and artistic practice… Read More

FD Zone Delhi and BioScope Screenings – ‘Pedagogic States’ and ‘The Act of Killing’

Cross-posted from fdzonedelhi.   FD Zone Delhi and BioScope invite you to a screening of documentaries on Tuesday, January 07, 2014, at India Islamic Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. The programme is presented by FD Zone, Delhi Chapter, The Sarai Programme at CSDS, BioScope, and the Centre for Research in Education, Art and Media (CREAM)… Read More

Call for Abstracts – Lives of Information Workshop

Over the past decade, information culture and technologies of identification have become part of popular discourse, with regimes across the world rolling out large modernisation projects aimed at populations and existing structures of governance. A growing body of scholars have turned their attention to the study of information culture and its history. Information infrastructure offers… Read More

The Social and Cultural Life of Information Workshop | November 14-16, 2013

The Social and Cultural Life of Information workshop was held in Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, on November 14-16 2013. It brought together a select group of media scholars, historians, anthropologists and geographers for an intensive two day workshop, and aimed at bringing together research on colonial and postcolonial information infrastructures, with… Read More

Tweets from Elizabeth Losh’s Talk on ‘The Metadata is the Message’

Collected tweets from Elizabeth Losh’s talk on ‘The Metadata is the Message: Social Media and the Rhetorics of Online Activism’ delivered at The Sarai Programme, CSDS, on Wednesday, September 04, 2013.

Elizabeth Losh – The Metadata is the Message: Social Media and the Rhetorics of Online Activism | Wednesday, September 4, 5 pm

Sarai-CSDS invites you to a lecture on The Metadata is the Message: Social Media and the Rhetorics of Online Activism by Elizabeth Losh.

Bernadette Längle – Chaos Computer Club and Digital Activism in Europe | Monday, July 8, 5 pm

Bernadette Längle, Centre for Internet and Society and Chaos Computer Club, delivered a talk at Sarai on the Chaos Computer Club and Digital Activism in Europe, on Monday, July 8, 2013. Bernadette spoke about the hacker scene and digital activism in Europe, with a focus on the Chaos Computer Club, and shared the experiences of… Read More

Sensor-Census-Censor: A Report

This colloquium, early in the history of the Information and Society Research Cluster at Sarai-CSDS, posits that the ‘sensor-census-censor’ triad may be a useful way in which the histories and contemporary realities of South Asia and Europe may be investigated. Here, we mean the historic affinities, networks and resonances pertinent to the traffic of information between the colony and the metropolis, especially with regard to the operations of knowledge as power. We also point towards the contemporary (and projected) operations of biometric technologies, internet filtering systems, networked surveillance, data retrieval and outsourcing systems that inflect the global traffic in information today.