Wonderful to find myself in HASTAC commons with amazing conversations all around on digital humanities and beyond.
A few years back having read Kim Fortun's Advocacy After Bhopal, I became interested in activism around the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, particularly the work of International Coalition for Justice in Bhopal and Students for Bhopal. Finding myself in a Communication Studies program and then in a Film and Media Studies department, I was drawn then to write on alternative media and New Social Movements. While initially I was more interested in the rhetoric of media texts to be found on the websites, quite recently, i have been trying to conceptualize the many versions of this website as an archive of protest. This also intersects with my work on reconceptualizing within particular contexts, survivor memories not always as "trauma" but as "struggle" also.
Lisa Gitelman's question: " Who knows from where this or that digital content comes from?" posed in Always Already New: Media, History and Data of Culture influenced me to think about the recent history of databases and what I found interesting to track was how over the years did this idea that databases just have to create an interface between users and data started being taken for granted. This of course also offered the pleasures of reading old computer magazines, especially BYTE: The Small Computer Journal. An abstract of my paper Interfacing Data Destinations and Visualizations: A History of Database Literacy presented as part of International Communication Association's (ICA) 2011 Virtual Conference can be found here.
My dissertation topic involves examining media's role within public debates (and controversies) around science and technology. I have been deeply moved by the work of Michel Callon in thinking of ways in which socio-technical controversies could be thought to be productive (and not a waste of time) in helping different communities and organizations (scientists, victims, activists, entrepreneurs, government bodies) to be able to account for radical uncertainties in their search for common worlds through hybrid forums and collaborative research.