[Reader-list] Call for Abstracts: Lives of Information Workshop

The Sarai Programme dak at sarai.net
Fri Nov 29 03:05:35 CST 2013

 Call for Abstracts: Lives of Information Workshop

 Over the past decade, information culture and technologies of
identification have become part of popular discourse, with regimes across
the world rolling out large modernisation projects aimed at populations and
existing structures of governance. A growing body of scholars have turned
their attention to the study of information culture and its history.
Information infrastructure offers a material site to connect different
bodies of scholarship across the disciplines.

We are interested in connecting colonial strategies of identification,
writing, and storage with recent debates; questions around information
ecologies of paper, film, and digital media systems; colonial information
theories and contemporary arguments for electronic governance; analog and
digital technologies of writing, file notings, and algorithms of
statecraft; research on information practices before and after the ‘Web
2.0’ culture in India.

*Workshop themes include:*

   - Media archaeologies
   - Technologies of writing and inscription
   - Materiality of the historical archive
   - Paper-based and digital databases
   - Laws and regulations governing media use and contestations
   - Geographies of old and new media
   - Social media and new political mobilisations
   - Biopolitics and governance of affect
   - Informationalisation of finance
   - Networks of media(tised) labour and shifting practices in creative
   industries, etc.

Abstracts should *not exceed 300 words*, and should be sent to
dak at sarai.netby *December
20, 2013*, with the subject heading of ‘Proposal for Information Workshop.’

Authors of the selected abstracts will be notified by January 5, 2014.

The Lives of Information Workshop will be held on February 21-22, 2014, at
Sarai/ CSDS, 29, Rajpur Road, Delhi - 110054.

The Sarai Programme will cover three days of accommodation for outstation
participants. In addition, participants will get domestic travel support.

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