Lives of Information | Workshop Programme

Day 01 | Friday, February 21, 2014

09:30-09:45 | Introductions

09:45-10:45 | Plenary Lecture

Matthew Hull – What’s In a Claim? The Ontology of Land Holdings in South Asia

10:45-11:00 | Tea and Coffee

11:00-12:15 | Session #1 – Information, Circulation

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

Nishaant Choksi – Circulating Scripts, Creating Networks: Santali Language Media Production and Transformations in Adivasi Politics

Discussant: Ravi Sundaram

12:15-01:30 | Session #2 – Authority, Network

Ritam Sengupta – Understanding Universal Service Obligation in India: Towards a Critical Approach

Rolien Hoyng – Marching with Nonhumans: Technological Renderings of Authority in Urban Politics

Discussant: Awadhendra Sharan

01:30-02:30 | Lunch

02:30-03:15 | Session #3 – Resistance

Vidhi Shah – Narrating Sousveillance: A Look at Hasan Elahi’s Orwellian Project

Discussant: Laura Stein

03:15-04:30 | Discussion #1 – Studying Information Practices

Bhuvaneswari Raman, Laura Stein, and Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay

Chair: Ravi Sundaram

Day 02 | Saturday, February 22, 2014

09:30-10:45 | Session #4 – Rhetoric, Governmentality

Prasad Khanolkar – Of Storytelling and Governmentalities

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

Discussant: Ritajyoti Bandyopadhyay

10:45-11:00 | Tea and Coffee

11:00-12:15 | Session #5 – Body, Document

Anindita Majumdar – The Culture of Anonymity: Information, Technology and Kin in Commercial Surrogacy Arrangements in India

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

Discussant: Ravi Sundaram

12:15-01:30 | Session #6 – Text, Image

Debjani Dutta – Picturing Words, Writing Images: Reading the Korean Wave through Fansubs

Shaunak Sen – Spectral Cellular: Cell phones and the Supernatural in Hindi Cinema

Discussant: Ravi Vasudevan

01:30-02:30 | Lunch

02:30-03:45 | Session #7 – Archive, Database

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

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

Discussant: Matthew Hull

03:45-05:00 | Discussion #2 – Archives and (New/Old) Technologies

Amlan Das Gupta, Kaushik Bhaumik, and Sebastian Lütgert

Chair: Ravi Vasudevan

05:00-05:15 | Closing

05:15-05:30 | Tea and Coffee

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