[globaloutlookDH-l] paper on global DH at re:publica 13

David Golumbia dgolumbia at gmail.com
Thu May 9 07:09:24 MDT 2013

Thank you, Nishant. I am listening as I write, and that video is also very
exciting and definitely worth watching for our fellow listmembers.

"Think of 'open people' instead of 'open access'": so well said and so

Very much looking forward to more.


On Thu, May 9, 2013 at 3:08 AM, Nishant Shah <
nishant.shah at inkubator.leuphana.de> wrote:

>  Dear David (and All),
> What a wonderful surprise! I have been a part of the list from the early
> days, but have been a self-confessed lurker so far. I just got back from
> the madness of Re:Publica (the nice kinds, the one where you see pink
> elephants and visit tea parties) and discovered this thread and the message
> on academia. Thank you very much for the interest in the talk and for the
> work we are doing at Centre for Internet & Society in Bangalore, India. We
> have been very curious/anxious about the global digital humanities rhetoric
> that has been slowly trickling into India, shaping new policies and
> practices for Higher Education in the country. Over the last 5 years, we
> have been working closely with different policy actors as well as
> undergraduate colleges and other academic partners, to examine what DH can
> look like in a country that does not necessarily have to bear the same
> historical and political contexts as the Global North where DH seems to
> have emerged in.
> My talk at Re:Publica was trying to capture the terms of the debate and
> its implications, moving away from the infrastructure-obsessed dialogue and
> looking at other kinds of infrastructure that become exciting and
> interesting for India (and perhaps the rest of the world). I think the talk
> will be made public in a couple of days and I would be happy to share it
> with the group. In the meantime, I was also a part of a panel discussing
> Open Access and Digital Humanities along with Mercedes Bunz, David Berry
> and Cornelius Puschman which is available for a viewing here
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9d0KM1I0aw
> I have also just written a book chapter for a forthcoming book edited by
> David Theo Goldberg and Patrick Svenson for MIT Press on the state of
> Digital Humanities in a global context, and will be sharing it on my
> Academia page as soon as I can.
> Thank you, once again, for the shout out and for making me un-lurk.
> Warm regards
> Nishant
> P.S. Please excuse any typos - I am writing this on a very tired train
> journey on my way back home.
> On 08-05-2013 15:06, David Golumbia wrote:
>   Dear list members,
>  I've been tied up with a number of things lately and been unable to
> complete a response to the earlier thread about multilingualism and
> globalization, which I hope to do soon, as I feel that some of the most
> important issues have not yet been addressed thoroughly enough.
>  While reading the live tweets (hashtag #rp13) of the re:publica 13
> conference now taking place in Berlin, I ran across this abstract for a
> paper by Nishant Shah, who directs the research portfolio at the Centre for
> Internet and Society in Bangalore (http://cis-india.org/author/nishant).
> It seems to me to speak to some of the issues that have been raised as well
> as some that have not, and that I hope we can discuss more fully in the
> future.
>  David
>  "Say 'Digital Humanities' One More Time: Technology, affect and learning
> in emerging information societies"
> Nishant Shah <https://re-publica.de/en/users/nishantshah>
> One of the ironies of the local-global divide is that certain practices
> within the local sphere often precede the global nomenclatures that are
> assigned to them. ‘Digital Humanities’ is a prime example of this
> phenomenon where a clutch of practices which emerged with the rise of
> digital technologies and their integration into the national policies on
> higher education and learning, are now retrospectively understood as
> ‘Digital Humanities’. So even as the term was gaining currency in the
> European and North American context, becoming one of the buzzwords through
> which new conditions of pedagogy and education were imagined within the
> Universities in the North-West, it had almost no takers in the emerging
> knowledge industries of South Asia in general, and India in particular.
> Within this context, it has now become natural, for all talks about
> education to eventually veer towards infrastructure. There is enough reason
> for that, when we look at the pitiful lack of resources in the country
> vis-à-vis the size of the population, and many of the larger problems
> endemic in higher education today, are tied down to this massive
> infrastructure deficit.Simultaneously, there has always been a severe
> fragmentation and compartmentalisation of knowledge systems within the
> academia, which is not restricted to only the Humanities which is
> increasingly facing the pressure to make itself relevant and produce
> work-forces for a global finance driven market.
> The questions of professionalising and mainstreaming humanities and social
> sciences education are almost universal right now, and indeed, one of the
> ambitions of Digital Humanities projects which are seeking to find validity
> for education that does not prepare a global information work-force. The
> realignment of the market with the education system, has been critiqued by
> theorists of neo-liberal globalisation, who have pointed out how it enables
> state disinvestment from education and the privatisation of learning
> resources. However, even in these existing critiques of Digital Humanities
> (whether they use that term or not), there seems to be a consensual
> agreement that infrastructure building is necessary and must happen.
> This talk, critically examines the implications of adopting Digital
> Humanities as a principle in emerging information societies, and drawing
> from experiments with students in 9 undergraduate colleges in India,
> examines the ways in which it needs to reconsider its relationship with the
> more accepted ideas of infrastructure, usage, adoption and learning.
> https://re-publica.de/en/sessions/say-digital-humanities-one-more-time-technology-affect-and-learning-emerging-information-so
>  --
> David Golumbia
> dgolumbia at gmail.com
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> *Nishant Shah*
> International Tandem Partner, *Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana
> University, Lueneburg * <http://www.leuphana.de/zentren/cdc.html>
> Director - Research, * Centre for Internet & Society, Bangalore
> <http://www.cis-india.org> *
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David Golumbia
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