The current Volume of Summerhill takes a close look at some of the technological trajectories of digital technologies in order to assess and understand the global communication society and the deep issues of ethicality, politics and culture that underlie its rationality. the centerpiece that holds this volume together is a conversation with Prof. Robin Jeffrey who has paid close attention to the relationship between Media, Democracy and Politics in postcolonial India. Through his work, Jeffrey constantly brings into our attention the dynamics of the global and the local, mobility and stagnation, long durae and short durae and the fragility of the information systems. T.T. Sreekumar, in his essay on the Politics of Cyborg, gestures to the particularity of cyborg futures, a future that would be mired in deeper inequalities and located in the differential experience of modernity.In their essay on Dalit Digital archives, P. Thirumal and Sai Kommaraju argues that these archives shift the sensory registers of archiving from visual to sonic and from disembodied objective archival orders to embodied mornings.Exploring the context of  digital film making practices, Hemantika Singh's essay  point towards a shift in ideas around authorship from individual genius to a collective signature. Manisha Madapathy examines the centrality of mobile phone messages in recent riots and violent events to understand the relationship between mobile phones and embodiment and Puthiya Purayil Sneha maps the field of Digital Humanities in India through a careful examination of practices, processes, imaginations and objects that map it. The issue also features ten short poems by Gowhar Yaqoob.

Published: 2016-06-30