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Tools to dismantle the Master’s DH(ouse): Towards a genealogy of partition, digital necropolitics and Bollywood cinema

Gairola, R.K.ORCID: 0000-0002-1826-6339 (2019) Tools to dismantle the Master’s DH(ouse): Towards a genealogy of partition, digital necropolitics and Bollywood cinema. Postcolonial Studies, 22 (4). pp. 446-468.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13688790.2019.1693777
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Abstract

This essay challenges the patriarchal and Eurocentric biases of the digital humanities (DH) by critically placing the field in a genealogy of postcolonial studies. I do so to counter the ‘genesis narrative’ of DH in which an Italian priest named Father Roberto Busa ‘pioneered’ humanities computing. I draw on postcolonial digital humanities and additional framings to demonstrate Empire's intentional unavailability of technological resources, like census cards, that may have mediated against communal bloodshed while also serving as a testament to early technology that nurtured DH. After detailing the violent production of racialised colonialism's impossibility of an Indian modernity, I turn to Bollywood cinema as a technological realm through which we can trace an alternative genealogy anchored by digital necropolitics, or the right to expose people to harm in cyberspace. I conclude by arguing, especially in the context of the violent present, for the essential need for a way of engaging digital humanities and South Asia beyond canonical productions of both. This essay contributes to current dialogues in postcolonial studies, the digital humanities, and studies in biopolitics/ necropolitics.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Asia Research Centre
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Copyright: © 2019 The Institute of Postcolonial Studies
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/53998
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