Humanities, Technology, and Publicly Engaged Research

Tuesday Seminar
Vinayak Das Gupta
Date and Time: 
Tue, 29/10/2019 - 12:00am
03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
LH534. Lecture Halls Complex

This presentation focuses on technology as an interface between academic research and the public. At a time when the value of scholarship in the humanities is questioned repeatedly, one might argue that some aspects of research could be made public facing. This exploration takes place in two phases: the first makes the product of research easily available the public. The second includes the public in the research process. The presentation will use two projects — Recalling Jewish Calcutta and The Letters of 1916 — to illustrate the value and also the challenges of such endeavours.

Vinayak Das Gupta is an Assistant Professor at Shiv Nadar University. He holds a Ph.D. in Digital Humanities from Trinity College Dublin. His doctoral thesis was on curating digital collections. His postdoctoral research was on the use of semantic technologies in archival work. His current interests are in visual studies and technological interventions in the analysis of large datasets.