Traditional formats, such as the printed book, of making and disseminating knowledge are being transformed by the digital: the potential of computational analysis coupled with networked technology allows for knowledge to be modeled in a variety of new, emergent, ways. The Digital Humanities is a cluster of generative, collaborative, practices and methodologies that seeks to understand the digital condition and design new knowledge environments responding to this understanding, as well as interrogating this condition through critical thinking and making. This awareness is created by the study of the impact of technology on culture and cultural materials, as well as to the study of digital artefacts and practices.
We encourage applications from a range of academic backgrounds, from both humanities and non-humanities disciplines, after completion of a four year undergraduate degree. Digital humanities scholarship draws on the expertise of practitioners and academics from a variety of disciplinary spaces: computer science, information science, design, literary studies, the social sciences as well as cultural institutions such as galleries, libraries, museums and archives. You do not need to know how to code, but you do need to have a healthy sense of curiosity about technology and how it works.
This is the first program in Digital Humanities in India, and one of the few in the world.
At Srishti, our engagement with design necessarily means that our engagement with the digital humanities will be through modes of making, be that exploration of the idea of what it means to be human through building robots, or creating interfaces in order to deepen understanding and engagement with complex ideas. Srishti provides spaces and equipment to facilitate interdisciplinary thinking and experimentation, and the wide range of expertise available, as well as an emphasis on locating digital technology and its relevance in the Indian context, ensures that the program in Digital Humanities at Srishti is truly unique.
Graduating with this program will equip you with a sound understanding of digital technologies grounded in the intellectual rigour of humanities and social science thinking, and this unique combination of skillsets is valuable in the current job market.
Capabilities developed during the course of the degree will qualify you to work in a number of industries: design; publishing; video games; journalism; cultural institutions such as libraries, museums and galleries; research and development for technology companies; as well as in shaping policy around technology and its impact both locally and internationally.