[Reader-list] Call for Proposals: Short Term Research Projects in Social and Digital Media

The Sarai Programme dak at sarai.net
Mon Apr 6 04:08:43 CDT 2015

The Sarai Programme, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi,
invites proposals from individuals for research projects on contemporary
social and digital media, its ecologies and histories. Selected research
proposals will be supported with a short-term grant for six months, and the
researchers will present their studies in a workshop at Sarai-CSDS at the
end of the period.

We are interested in the following themes:

   - Unpacking Obscenity
   - Memes, ‘Selfies’, Lists, and Viral Content
   - New media effects and violence
   - Digital Money
   - The legal archive of new media
   - Platform: Design, participation, revenue, alternatives
   - Media streams: Delivery and distribution of media (cinema, news,
   music, images)
   - Censorship, government and commercial regulations and public campaigns.
   - Intermedia junctions: screen cultures, interface design, data streams
   - Memory: Storage, databases, retrieval, devices
   - Online media as archive
   - Issues of privacy/disclosure
   - Social media campaigns: Organized politics, petitions, performance,
   and activism
   - Practice-based research on software and multimedia platforms
   - Mobile phone culture and effects
   - Rural Landscapes after New Media.

In select cases, applications from themes beyond the above list will be

   - Researchers can be based anywhere in India, but will contribute
   regular research updates through postings on the online forum at the Sarai
   website. There will be a final paper and presentation in a workshop at
   Sarai/CSDS, Delhi.
   - Applicants should have an Indian Bank Account and Income Tax PAN in
   her/his name.
   - The research project will be available for up to six months and for a
   maximum amount of Rs. 1,00,000/-.
   - The research projects will run from May 1, 2015 to October 31, 2015.

   Applicants need to send:
   - Research proposal of maximum of 1,000 words
      - Brief Work-plan
      - Comprehensive CV
      - Two work samples (can include writing samples or practice-based

   Please email the documents mentioned above as separate PDF files to
   day at sarai.net with “Application for Short Term Research Project” as the
   subject header.

   Last date for applications: *April 12, 2015*

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