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CSCS Updates - 2020

Developments at CSCS

 CSCS Digital Innovations Fund (CDIF):

The Digital Innovations Fund (CDIF) is a means to support institutions and projects working on (1) New technologies of digital archiving, (2) New forms of digital dissemination on public and open-source platforms.

Previous support:

CIS: Support to the Centre for Internet & Society (between 2014-2018): to develop the Open Media Library, server-independent peer-to-peer mechanism for archiving printed text. For more see:

In the past year:

 CSDS: Support to Centre for the Study of Developing Societies 2020: to use the Open Media Library to archive their precious Sarai collection, in collaboration with Sebastian Lutgert and Jan Gerber (founders of the Open Media Library). For more see:

CAMP: CDIF (CSCS Digital Innovations Fund) and CAMP have a three-year agreement, to utilize the grant (INR 5,00,000 per year) to support outward facing projects that build upon their online platforms and digital infrastructures. To this end, CAMP utilised the 2019-2020 grant across the following projects. Bombay Wiki : Fellowship to Simpreet Singh an extension of the Past, Present, Future project housed at CAMP that researches, organises, gives form to, and publishes online enquiries into under researched public histories of Mumbai. Available at

Zulekha Sayyed has been streamlining the workflow and OCR softwares being used at CAMP for their scanning systems that currently include an overhead scanner and a custom built in-house book scanner. During this period Zulekha processed material acquired by CAMP for their housing histories project that included new paper cuttings, archival photographs, print periodicals, court judgements, correspondence, and journals and tracts belonging to various NGO's such as BUILD and Nivara Hakk Suraksha Samiti. See:

Annotations and selections in and Months of research have gone into identifying and annotating archival material, and also uploading new material into both and as part of the multi-year research project into housing histories of Bombay/Mumbai. Housing Histories in a Cultural Matrix is now an online platform with a new video publishing and resource sharing interface. See for more.

Zinnia Ambapardiwala maintained the back-end workflow for the material that was collectively worked upon by the CAMP team including Ashok Sukumaran, Shaina Anand, Zulekha Sayyed and Simpreet Singh.

Orient Blackswan Series:

Book series, titled Culture and Democracy at the Millennial Turn, published in partnership with Orient-Blackswan, showcasing the work of CSCS research.

Previous title:

Breaking the Silo: Integrated Science Education in India (ed. Tejaswini Niranjana, Anup Dhar and K. Sridhar). For more see:

In the past year

Conversations with Upendra Baxi (Kakarala Sitharamam, Arvind Narrain, Lawrence Liang and Sruti Chaganti): Planned for publication in 2021
Culture-Critique-Clinic (CCC) (Anup Dhar/Ashish Rajadhyaksha) - forthcoming
The Difficulty of Being Heathen (A.P. Ashwin Kumar, Vivek Dhareshwar) - forthcoming
Digital Pasts/Futures (Nishant Shah, Nafis Hasan, Ashish Rajadhyaksha)  - forthcoming

CSCS Special Projects (Faculty): Support for individual projects by any member of CSCS faculty.

FTII Research Project (led by Ashish Rajadhyaksha): project to research the history of the Film & Television Institution of India and its sister institution, ther National Film Archive of India (NFAI).

Institutional Collaborations: partnerships with other institutions in India and internationally. (led by Ashish Rajadhyaksha): project in collaboration with CAMP, Mumbai, and a part of CDIF. To create outreach in partnership with other institutions in India. For more see:

Saath-Saath (led by Tejaswini Niranjana): project to set up musical collaborations. For more see:

Inter-Asia Cultural Studies: network and consortium of academic institutions in Asia. CSCS is a member of the consortium and a collaborator on several events.

Summer School: project in partnership with Inter-Asia Cultural Studies and Jadavpur University, Kolkata over three weeks in 2018. For more see:





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