Disciplinarity in a Digital Age (INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE)

Disciplinarity in a Digital Age : An Exploration into the Transformation of Disciplines

10-12 January 2019


The evolution of disciplines under the influence of digitization is a matter that demands urgent scrutiny. Both the sciences and humanities are confronted with ‘data’ poised for manipulation. While digitization can enrich the tools and methods available for investigation, it also rekindles dreams of a singular methodology universal enough to consolidate an unwieldy multiplicity of disciplines. But this promise of digitization must echo with the noise of ‘science wars’ in the nineties . Digitization provides for a moment to reconsider both the future and the history of disciplines today.


Thursday, 10 January 2019


10 - 10.15 am Inaugural Session

10.15 am – 11.30 noon Session I

CHAIR Adam Knowles

SUKANTA CHAUDHURI – “Rethinking Disciplines: The Promise of Digital Knowledge”

11.30 – 1.30 pm Session II

CHAIR Ravi Chakraborty

EKTA SINGH - “‘Big Data and Explanation in Social Sciences”

HUZAIFA OMAIR SIDDIQUIE - “Flying by the Neural Nets”

1.30 -2.15 pm LUNCH

2.15 – 4.15 pm Session III

CHAIR Elie During

MOHIT ABROL - “Bergson, Entropy and the Negantopocene”

MEERA S - “Alternative epistemic processes in practice-oriented disciplines”

4.15 – 4.30 pm COFFEE

4.30 – 5.45 pm Session IV

CHAIR Divya Dwivedi

ELIE DURING - “A Plea For Formal Time”

Friday, 11 January 2019

10 am – 12 noon Session V

CHAIR Shinod N.K.

RAVI CHAKRABORTY - “Is Mathematics a Model Discipline?”

SUDIPTO BASU - “Cybernetics, General Economy and the Possibilities of a Universal Discipline”

12 noon – 12.15 pm COFFEE

12.15 pm – 1.30 pm Session VI

CHAIR Angelie Multani

RICHARD WALSH - “Interdisciplinarity, Narratology, Complexity”

1.30 – 2.15 pm LUNCH

2.15 pm – 4.15 pm Session VII

CHAIR Richard Walsh

SUSAN HARRIS – “Singing the Storied Matter for the Anthropocene”

SUMITA SHARMA – “Towards a Scaled-Up Hermeneutics, Or, What to Do with the Big Data of Poetry”

4.15 – 4.30 pm COFFEE

4.30- 5.45 PM Session VIII

CHAIR Subarno Chattarji

MEERA NANDA – “The Mythology War: Myth as History and Science in India”

Saturday, 12 January 2019

10 am – 12 noon Session IX

CHAIR Neha Singh

SHINOD N.K. - “Computer Simulations and the Changing Ontology of Evidence”

MEGHA SANYAL - “The Epistemic Value of Digitisation in the Humanities”

12 noon -12.15 pm COFFEE

12.15 pm – 1.30 pm Session X

CHAIR Sukanta Chaudhuri

ANNE DUPRAT – “Literature and Information: Singularities, Resistances, Emergences”

1.30 – 2.30 pm LUNCH

2.30 pm – 4.30 pm Session XI

CHAIR Meera Nanda

CLAIRE BROLAN - “Right to Health Practitioners Cannot Be Left Behind”

SUMEET AGARWAL – “Evolution, Learning, and the Nature of Scientific Explanation”


Please send the enquiries to : philoconference.iitd@gmail.com

Organising Committee:
Ravi Chakraborty, Mohit Abrol, Nandan Rosario, Divya Dwivedi, Ravinder Kaur, Sanil V.

Supported by:

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Institut Francais en Inde

Indian Council of Social Science Research


Please follow the conference blog to gain further familiarity with the expected themes and the spirit of the conference in general including the work of some of the invited speakers. https://digitaldisciplinarity18.home.blog