media, information, the contemporary

Lives of Data v2.0: Computing, Money, Media Workshop, 05-06 January 2018

The Sarai Programme is organising the Lives of Data v2.0: Computing, Money, Media Workshop on 05-06 January, 2018.

The workshop examines the historical and emergent conditions of data-driven knowledge and value production and circulation in India and South Asia. It expands upon the cross-disciplinary conversations initiated by the first ‘Lives of Data’ Workshop, in January 2017. The workshop connects questions concerning media and computational cultures of money and machine intelligence, with an evolving body of work on digital infrastructures and governance.

The workshop brings together interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners with backgrounds in history and anthropology of money, media and technology studies, software engineering, data science, economics, and policy-making. It is a space to parse lateral connections and mine new ideas to explore the many lives of data, interrogating stable forms and tracking unexpected pathways.

Limited seats are available to attend the workshop. To register, please fill up this form.

The schedule for the workshop is listed below. We encourage you to use #LivesOfData to Post or Tweet about the workshop.


Poster design and concept: Anne Milan.

Day 1 | 05 January 2018

10:30 – 11:00 | Tea and Introduction

Always Already Banal?
Sandeep Mertia, New York University

11:00 – 12:30 | Session #1: Computational Value / Exchange Value

Chair: Ravi Sundaram, Sarai-CSDS

Currency, Trust, and Obligation: A Historical View
Shweta Banerjee, University of Toronto

Proof of Institutions: Cryptocurrencies as Digital Fiat Money
Anush Kapadia, IIT Bombay

12:30 – 1:30 | Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 | Session #2: Linking is Mandatory!

Chair: Sumandro Chattapadhyay

Biographies of Biometric Devices: The POS Terminal in the PDS
Preeti Mudliar, IIIT Bangalore

Privacy and Efficiency in Governance by the ‘Biometric State’
Rohith Jyotish, JNU

Bodily, Noisy Thoughts on Wearable Health Trackers
Anirudh Raghavan, Delhi School of Economics

3:00 – 3:30 |  Tea

3:30 – 4:30 | Session #3: Data and the City

Chair: Awadhendra Sharan, Sarai-CSDS

Demystifying​ ​Indore’s​ ​Public​ ​Transit​ ​Data
Gaurav Godhwani, Datakind Bangalore

Data Driven Solutions for Contemplating Urban Processes – A case study of Bangalore City
Mohan Raju JS, IIHS Bangalore

Day 2 | 06 January 2018

10:30 – 11:30 | Session #4: Modeling the Archive, Querying the Field

Chair: Ravi Vasudevan, Sarai-CSDS

Querying the Repository: Generating a Data Revolution from Descriptive Archival and Library Catalogs
Sudev Sheth, University of Pennsylvania

Imaging the Environment: Debates on Oceanographic Modelling
Lakshmi R Pradeep, JNU

11:30 – 11:45 | Tea

11:45 – 1:15 | Session #5: Data Re/Monetised

Chair: Sandeep Mertia, New York University

WhatsApp Moment in Indian Banking: Annual Report 2017
Sumandro Chattapadhyay

Material Money(s): Emergent Temporalities of Citizenship
Navjit Kaur, Delhi School of Economics

Freezing Accounts, Tracking Notes: Control after Computerization
Nishita Trisal, University of Michigan

1:15 – 2:15  | Lunch

2:15 – 3:15  | Session #6: Media, Body, Intelligence

Chair: Vebhuti Duggal, Ambedkar University

The Cinematic Marriage: Drones and the Indian Wedding Video
Laboni Bhattacharya, Delhi University

Vocal Affections and Machinic Listening
Mehak Sawhney, Sarai-CSDS

3:15 – 3:30 | Tea

4:00 – 5:00 | Session #7: Math, Policy, Intelligence

Chair: Harsh Nisar, IFMR Lead

The Stakes are High: But, do we know what they look like?
Samir Passi, Cornell University

Algorithmic Decision Making in Civic Governance- Frameworks across Boundaries
Tarunima Prabhakar, University of California Berkeley

5:00 – 5:30 | Closing Remarks