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Lives of Information Workshop – Recordings

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.

Here are the audio recordings of the presentations at the workshop. All files are hosted at Internet Archive.

Plenary Lecture

 
Matthew HullWhat’s In a Claim? The Ontology of Land Holdings in South Asia

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Information, Circulation

 
Monika HalkortOn Information, Rights and Self-Determination: A case Study in Nahr el Bared, a Palestinian Refugee Camp in North Lebanon

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Nishaant ChoksiCirculating Scripts, Creating Networks: Santali Language Media Production and Transformations in Adivasi Politics

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Authority, Network

 
Ritam SenguptaUnderstanding Universal Service Obligation in India: Towards a Critical Approach

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Rolien HoyngMarching with Nonhumans: Technological Renderings of Authority in Urban Politics

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Resistance

 
Vidhi ShahNarrating Sousveillance: A Look at Hasan Elahi’s Orwellian Project

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Discussion

 
Bhuvaneswari Raman, Laura Stein, and Ritajyoti BandyopadhyayStudying Information Practices

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Rhetoric, Governmentality

 
Prasad KhanolkarOf Storytelling and Governmentalities

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Tarangini SriramanA Petition-like Application? Rhetoric and Rationing Documents in Wartime Delhi, 1941-45

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Body, Document

 
Anindita MajumdarThe Culture of Anonymity: Information, Technology and Kin in Commercial Surrogacy Arrangements in India

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Rijul KochharThe Inscription of Desire: The Disability Certificate as an Effecting Device, and More

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Text, Image

 
Debjani DuttaPicturing Words, Writing Images: Reading the Korean Wave through Fansubs

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Shaunak SenSpectral Cellular: Cell Phones and the Supernatural in Hindi Cinema

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Archive, Database

 
Parnisha SarkarThe Material that Remains: Preserving the Trace in the Imperial Record Department, 1910-1940

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Sumandro ChattapadhyayWhat Kind of ‘Database State’ is the Aadhaar Project Proposing? A Study of Policy History and Code

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Discussion

 
Amlan Das Gupta, Kaushik Bhaumik, and Sebastian LütgertArchives and (New/Old) Technologies

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