Memory, Circulation and the Digital Archive

This lecture will discuss how more images, sounds, and videos are being produced in contemporary Asia than ever in the past. People with smart phones and low cost gadgets take millions of images, sounds and videos and share them with friends on networks. Our memories seem expanded exponentially, as we are now aided by digital storage on our media devices. New, digitally enabled archives of the past have burst into prominence, giving them a new life, and opening access to many. What are the consequences of enhancing our memories with...

Culture, infrastructure and the Digital

This lecture will explore infrastructures as material forms that connect populations, regions, and economies. Infrastructures of transport and communication for instance are crucial for the circulation of both economies and cultures. Infrastructures are at the center of media circulation by way of entangling people, objects, ideas and technologies. Digital infrastructures are dynamic environments; they break down, collapse and suddenly multiply in new ways through circulation and collaboration. In non-Western environments like Asia, infrastructures have a distinct ‘poetics’, with aesthetic and radical possibilities. This poetics is a significant part of Asia’s...

Ravi Sundaram

Ravi Sundaram is a Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. In 2000 he founded the Sarai programme along with Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi, Ravi Vasudevan and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. Sundaram has co-edited the Sarai Reader series, The Public Domain (2001), The Cities of Everyday Life(2002), Shaping Technologies (2003), Crisis Media(2004), and Frontiers (2007).  He is the author of Pirate Modernity: Media Urbanism in Delhi (Routledge, London 2009) and the edited collection No Limits: Media Studies fromIndia (Oxford University Press, 2013).  His writings have been translated...