Knowledge Clusters for the Workshop
- Bridging the Gap: This workshop seeks to break away from the utopian public discourse of the Internets as a-historical and completely dis-attached from existing technology ecologies in the country. This knowledge cluster intends to produce frameworks that help us contextualize the contemporary internet policy, discourse and practice within larger geo-political and socio-historical flows and continuities in Modern India. The first cluster chartsdifferent pre-histories of the Internets, mapping the continuities and ruptures through philosophy of techno-science, archiving practices, and electronifcation of governments,to develop new technology-society perspectives.
- Paradigms of Practice: One of the biggest concerns about Internet studies in India and other similar developed contexts is the object oriented approach that looks largely at specific usages, access, infrastructure, etc. However, it is necessary to understand that the Internet is not merely a tool or a gadget. The growth of Internets produces systemic changes at the level of process and thought. The technologies often get appropriated for governance both by the state and the civil society, producing new processes and dissonances which need to be charted. The second cluster looks at certain contemporary processes that the digital and Internet technologies change drastically in order to recalibrate the relationship between the state, the market and the citizen.
- Feet on the Ground: The third cluster looks at contemporary practices of the Internet to understand the recent histories of movements, activism and cultural practices online. It offers an innovative way of understanding the physical objects and bodies that undergo dramatic transitions as digital technologies become pervasive, persuasive and ubiquitous. It draws upon historical discourse, every day practices and cultural performances to form new ways of formulating and articulating the shapes and forms of social and cultural structures.
- Institutional affiliation and title:
- Email address:
- Phone number:
- A brief resume of work experience (max. 350 words)
- Statement of interest (max. 350 words)
- Key concerns you want to address in the Internet and Society field (max. 350 words)
- Identification with one Knowledge-cluster of the workshop and a proposal for integrating it in your research/teaching practice (max. 500 words)
- Current interface with technologies in your pedagogic practices (max. 350 words)
- Additional information or relevant hyperlinks you might want to add (Max. 10 lines)
- Submissions will be accepted only from participants in India, as attachments in .doc, .docx or .odt formats at locatingInternets AT cis-india.
- Submissions made beyond 15th July 2011 may not be considered for participation.
- Submissions will be scrutinized by the organisers and selected participants will be informed by the 20th July 2011, about their participation.
- Selected participants will be required to make their own travel arrangements to the workshop. A 2nd A.C. return fare will be reimbursed to the participants. Shared accommodation and selected meals will be provided at the workshop.
- A limited number of air-fare reimbursements will be available to participants in extraordinary circumstances.
Centre for Internet and Society
prasad AT cis-india.org
Domlur Second Stage