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Contents: Digital Archiving in the 21st Century (Issue 42)

Contents: Digital Archiving in the 21st Century (Issue 42)

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Contributors

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Guest-Editorial: Digital Archiving in the 21st Century

By Md Intaj Ali
‘Archival Studies’ is in a state of rapid change, a transition where analogue materials are being gradually replaced by the digital material. The current innovative progress from simple to computerized cuts over every single present day medium from print to sound, from photography to video and film. There is a long debate on the “conceptual uncertainty and technological transition” from one media to another and its validity of the work.

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Demonstration: Folk Culture Archive Work-in-Progress

By Md Intaj Ali
The proposed archive will help various enthusiasts, cultural historians, oral historians, folklorists, artists, and the participating communities to look back into their past. The archive would host all my documentation work, which would be accessible for academic and research work. It is just a demonstration of my work in progress. Here is a look section wise.

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Folklore in South Asia: The Politics and Ethics of Digital Archives

By Carola Erika Lorea
Some of these online platforms look like smart ideas for their curators to build an academic career or to make a lucrative tourism business out of folk traditions: little is known on the supposedly beneficial effects that these archives are offering to the cultural owners of folklore.

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Politics of Social Media: A Case Study of ‘Kiss of Love’ protest

By Mahima Taneja
In the past two decades, a new form of political assertion has come forth in India focusing more properly on sexuality in the form of movement and demonstrations such as ‘Slutwalk’ (or Besharmi Morcha), ‘Pink Chaddi Campaign’, ‘Gay Pride Marches’, ‘Kiss of Love’ marches and ‘Pads Against Sexism’ campaign, which are often organized using the space of new social media.

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Music Archiving in the Age of Digital Revolution and their Role in Building National Identity

By Indira Chakraborty (Bhattacharya)
Archives are also carriers of ‘national culture’ in a way, especially in the current times with the growing phase and trend of “preserving” and “promoting” “popular culture”. Now what defines a popular culture exactly is something that needs attention. Those that curate, preserve, and archive play a very important role in creating the national culture, which then over time becomes the national identity. This essay actually deals with role of digital culture in preservation and music archiving, thereby testifying to the role they play in building “national identity” in the current times.

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Buffering History: Configurations of Digital Archive

By Manishankar Prasad
The modern and modernity is constantly evolving in the era of the digital. Like a perennially buffering software program in the background, the digital, with all its complicity, is more than the secular global theology of financial growth. The digital is simply the turbocharged amplification of the statistical, the obsession of the mandarin elite with data, rather than the context on the ground.

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The impact of “Digital India” on Educational System

By Morve Roshan K. and Mostafa Majid Abass
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Digital Game: A Modern Age Folklore Repository to Unlock, Relive and Archive the Collective Unconscious

By Ayantika Chakraborty
These games are good sources to plant basic ideas of culture, tradition and folklore among the urban kids and youths at the initial stage, when they are not even deliberately looking for the games associated with culture. In the long run, these games might interest few more towards knowing the folklores based on facts and field studies over the partly fictitious games.

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An Interview with Professor Emerita Heather Goodall

By Rindon Kundu
In this written interview, Rindon Kundu (abridged as RK) explores various theoretical underpinnings of Oral History and the complexity in its practice as well as the changing face of Oral History in the age of Digital Humanities. The interview starts with asking the fundamental question of what Oral History is and the definition of Digital Humanities.

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Digital Photography Archive

By Joydeep Mukherjee
I would like to raise a question. For the other forms of art, leaving photography, can digital archive cause harm in any way? I am keen to know if archiving methods have adverse effects on the urge of creativity. I myself believe that creativity sustains in change, in the new. And holding on to the old may stag the new from being born or can hinder the urge to create the newer or the better.

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Photo-Essay: Muharram Tazia Procession

By Ajharul Pathan
The main objective of the Taziya procession is to recreate the history of Karbala and mourn. Many participants in the procession came with different markings. Most people wore black clothes. The portrait of the tomb of Imam Hossain (RA) was carried in the procession. The photographs are taken in Purba Midnapur and Paschim Midnapur, West Bengal, India.

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Tale of the Mask: The Story behind the Chhau Dance

By Indranil Mukherjee
In November 2017, VIBGYOR organized a Photographic Tour to Purulia, to document the Tale of the Mask, its preparation and use, and an act of Chhau dance. Our intention was not just photography, but to explore the lifestyle, to add emotions to the photographs shot. So, we planned to take the team to their village, and stay with them to know them even better and gather more information.

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The Dotara Project

By Md Intaj Ali
Dotara has been used predominantly in Bhawaiya songs of North Bengal. In addition to Bhawaiya songs, the dotaras are also played with other instruments in Murshidi, Marfathi, Jari gaan, Baul, Fakiri songs, and Kabigaan. There is an online Facebook dotara group called ‘Dotara Bajai’ for promoting and teaching dotara tutorials to the younger generations.

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