Digital Humanities for the Study and Teaching of South Asia (at Emory)

Emory Digital Humanities Symposium: DH for the Study and Teaching of South Asia

by Ellen Ambrosone

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to attend the following symposium on emerging digital humanities approaches to South Asian Studies. Please direct any questions to Ellen Ambrosone ( and Anandi Silva Knuppel ( More information on the symposium, including schedules and travel information, will be posted soon at



Emory University, Robert W. Woodruff Library

April 6-7, 2018

The Emory Digital Humanities Symposium: DH for the Study and Teaching of South Asia is a two-day interdisciplinary and international symposium on newly formed approaches to digital humanities (DH) in the field of South Asian Studies. The two-day symposium of panels, a workshop, and a roundtable discussion will replicate the cycle of scholarly production – one in which scholars access archives or create their own, analyze data, teach about their research, produce scholarship, and publish in some format for public consumption.

In recent years, the digital humanities (DH) have created a shift in scholarly, publishing, and library worlds. Yet there is no clear consensus on what we mean when we use this phrase. What is the digital humanities? What are the digital humanities?

In the case of South Asian Studies, the challenges of applying DH theories, methods, and technologies include: encoding non-Roman script languages, copyright questions in the creation of archives, the epistemic possibilities of close reading versus distant reading, accessibility of digital products in South Asia, and capturing the complexity of South Asian traditions for teaching and research purposes. A growing cohort of scholars are actively working on these issues and opening pathways for engaging with the history, texts, and practices of South Asia. This symposium will bring together scholars of South Asia working in four key areas of the digital humanities (see the HASTAC blog post by Chris Forster, Assistant Professor in the department of English and Textual Studies at Syracuse University) to discuss these challenges and the ways forward with the resources for DH at Emory University as our backdrop. The event will provide participants with valuable conversation partners, new connections at the Woodruff Library, and possible collaborators in the expanding field of DH in South Asian Studies.

Confirmed Participants:

Neel Agrawal, Center for Research Libraries

Ellen Ambrosone, Emory University

Gil Ben-Herut, University of South Florida

Guneeta Singh Bhalla, The Partition Archive

Yigal Bronner, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Rahul Gairola, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Constance Kassor, Lawrence University

Jon Keune, Michigan State University

Melanie Kowalski, Emory University

Sarah McKee, Emory University

Mark McLaughlin, College of William and Mary

Andrew Ollett, Harvard University

Sumathi Ramaswamy, Duke University

Nicole Ranganath, University of California at Davis

Ulrike Stark, University of Chicago