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Contents: The importance of being a Flâneur today (Issue 43)

Contents: The importance of being a Flâneur today (Issue 43)

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Guest-Editorial: The importance of being a Flâneur today

By Maitreyee B Chowdhury
People wrote in with childlike delight in the exhilarated pleasure of describing their walks, the conversations they had struck with children or beggars on the roads, with a movie camera, with the forgotten Madonna, small talk with vegetable vendors, artisans and random tourists on the streets. The stories reeked of the strangeness of the pleasure of pause it had taught them, the appreciation of finding common ground with randomness on the road, finding snippets of the street’s history tucked away at odd angles, in spaces drawn with the brush of life.

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Flaneuse in an Indian city

By Yamini Krishna
As several scholars like (Susan Buck-Morris, Anne Friedberg, etc.) have argued a flaneur is a male figure. They have gone to define the female flaneur, a flaneuse. We currently live in a society which is much farther from the early modernity and Parisian arcades when this concept was first defined, but the idea has much wider significance even in the current society.

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Meandering Feet and Multiple Roads

By Gargi Ray Chakraborty
The first time I landed in Varanasi, what struck me was how unclean it looked, followed by the unpleasant smell that hung over the entire city. It was all rather overwhelming, the politics of being a city in one of India’s infamous state, UP, the massive university, the student-cum-hostel life and taking the first steps towards living on your own, away from everything familiar for the first eighteen years of life – at a glance it was more than one could chew.

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Meandering through Vertov’s ‘kino-eye’ and City Symphonies of the 1920s

By Goirick Brahmachari
The kino-eye, according to Vertov, is the conquest of time and space that captures the visual linkages of people separated by space, and phenomena separated by time, and is based on the continuous exchange of visible fact. It is this eye that observes the society, documents its transitions, ironies, and peculiarities within the cosmos and the chaos of a modern city and archives its people, meanderers, and the homeless with all of their multiplicity.

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Poem: Seville Sequences

By Sophia Naz
Seville, you silenced 
my hand with your
cheek, humid
rukhsar turning me
back to amnion, a rumpled
spilled-skin

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Stories on the Road

By Elita
Laden with the vestiges of all things colonial, Fort Kochi with its cobbled paths and stonemasonry offers the curious walker a peek into remnants of footprints left behind by the Portuguese, the Dutch, the English, and even various tourists to the place – all within a radius of 4 kilometres.

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Trieste

By Ananya Dasgupta
I spent two weeks rediscovering Trieste through Joyce’s eyes. I convinced myself that I loved it as much as Joyce did. I visited every house that he had lived in, every tavern that he had visited. I walked up to his statue on the bridge on Via Roma and asked him several questions. I sat around at the Piazzas, walked along every street. And I understood him so much better that I had ever done before.

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Visions

By Uddalak Gupta
The guidebooks, if we had looked them up, would have told us that Selaron was the creator of the Lapa Steps, known also as the ‘Escadaria Selaron’. A self-taught Chilean artist, he’d knocked around the world as a painter and sculptor till he arrived in Rio in 1983, taken an instant liking to the dramatic contours of the beach city and stayed on.

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Moo-ving On

By Shreya Sen-Handley
In fact, I hadn’t even planned on being in Zurich. After four years of putting one foot in front of the other to get from one day to the next, of meticulously planning and executing survival strategies to keep, not just going, but alive, all I wanted was to be. I had been in a violent marriage for too long. One that had left me battered, and bewildered. To make matters worse, I had been serving out this time in a strange city far from the one I called home.

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Comma for a Thought, Semicolon for a Memory, and a Pause for a Pocket Book of Life

By Anindita Chatterjee
Troglodyte is not connected to any dinosaur family, just a natural temperature regulated, no electricity bills generated habitat that provide heat in winter and remain cool in summer. The underground city is approximately 85m deep and contains all the rooms required (stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, wineries, etc.)

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Zurich to the Edge of the Black Forest: Wanderings of a Wayfaring Woman

By Neela Bhattacharya Saxena
Watchmaking people of the land had watches all over the shop windows. From one peered a familiar face – Aishwarya Rai, Indian movie star and Miss World selling Swiss watches! I had a feeling this is where shootings for old Indian movies took place. I could almost see a dancing and singing pair sloping down the hill adorned in seventies outfits.

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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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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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