Lives of Data: Book Discussion

Book discussion on ‘Lives of Data: Essays on Computational Cultures from India’, edited by Sandeep Mertia. It was chaired by Ravi Sundaram. The panelists included Jahnavi Phalkey, Stefania Milan and Nimmi Rangaswamy.


Lives of Data is based on research projects and workshops at the Sarai programme of CSDS. The book brings together fifteen interdisciplinary scholars and practitioners to open up inquiries into computational cultures in India. Encompassing history, anthropology, science and technology studies (STS), media studies, civic technology, data science, digital humanities and journalism, the essays open up possibilities for a cross disciplinary dialogue on data. Lives of Data is an open access publication from the Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam in collaboration with the Sarai programme of the CSDS.


Sandeep Mertia is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, and Urban Doctoral Fellow, New York University. 


Jahnavi Phalkey is Founding Director of Science Gallery, Bengaluru. 

Stefania Milan is Associate Professor of New Media, University of Amsterdam. 

Nimmi Rangaswamy is Associate Professor at IIIT and Adjunct Professor at IIT, both at Hyderabad. 


Ravi Sundaram is Professor at Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Friday, 19 February 2021, 5 pm, Zoom