Projects

1. KSHIP

The Digital Humanities Research Group is happy to  to share the launch of its project,  IIT Indore’s Academic Publishing portal KSHIP(Knowledge Sharing in Publishing) in partnership with Ubiquity Press, UK- a consortium of university presses around the world.

The mission of KSHIP is two fold:

  1. to solicit and publish original research monographs in Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences and Engineering, and
  2. to host peer reviewed journals from academic societies primarily in India.

KSHIP will have rigorous international peer review standards with an Advisory and Peer Review Board that meets the highest standards of academic research. KSHIP will primarily publish academic and scholarly journals and monographs in English; however, one of the strategic goals of KSHIP is to initiate and sustain a multilingual scholarly publishing platform.

Once again- do check out this link: KSHIP

PI : Dr Nirmala Menon

2. SPARC Project : TECHNOLOGY AS LITERARY ARTEFACT IN THE NARRATION OF POST-INDEPENDENCE INDIAN ENGLISH NOVELS (1947-2017)

This project will examine the technological artefacts (events) and its settings (space) in the selected post-independence Indian English novels published from 1947 to 2017. Studying events and space through digital humanities methodologies offers a new understanding about the impact of technology in the socio-culture settings. The devices telephone (1882), radio (1923) television (1959) and computer (1955) have pivotal roles in the novels as a modern object, literary artefact, actor and an agency of exploration which are driving and unifying force of the narration. For example, R. K. Narayan introduces a new technology prototype computer which creates a tension in the novel The Vendor of Sweets through the character Mali who went to America to study creative writing and returned to India with idea of starting factory on story writing machines in the village Malgudi. However, by drawing a conclusion based on a qualitative study of a few texts for the periods of seventy years is problematic. Hence, we aim to study the large corpus of novels to analyze the larger trends and pattern of technological artefacts, their discourses and their substantial connection with space in the narration through computational analysis. For this study, we deploy a new method of quantitative stepwise analysis (QSA) for studying literary works in a systematic way. This method will apply to study the specific portions of the texts from the corpus and transform the collected data into a number of different data modeling to understand the data in the better way. QSA is inspired from the existing methods of Franco Moretti’s distant reading, Matthew Jockers’s macroanalysis and Øyvind Eide’s critical stepwise formulization.

PI : Dr Nirmala Menon and Co-PI : Dr Kapil Ahuja, Digital Humanities and Publishing Studies Group, Indian Institute of Technology Indore

International PI: Dr Deborah Sutton and Co-PI : Dr Paul Rayson, Digital Humanities Hub, Lancaster University