Open Call for Abstracts

DDDI is happy to help sponsor “Cultures of Datafication in/across South Asia,” a collaborative workshop taking place on April 12-13, 2024, at the University of Pennsylvania.

This event aims to bring together interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners to discuss historical and emergent trajectories of data-driven knowledge production in South Asia. In doing so, participants will examine how under-explored social relations in South Asia shape data-driven technologies and vice versa. The workshop will also explore the past, present, and/or future of datafication across South Asia as it relates to three broad themes: identity, governance, and energy.

Call for Abstracts

The organizers invite early-career researchers and practitioners to submit an abstract of no more than 250 words­ that outlines a provocation they wish to make about datafication in South Asia. Provocations should encourage critical thinking and stimulate discussion within the workshop and be related to one of the workshop’s three themes: identity, governance, and energy. The deadline to submit an abstract is January 31, 2024, using this Google form.

In addition to conversations based upon participants’ abstracts, keynote speakers for the workshop include Dr. Ursula Rao (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology), Nayantara Ranganathan (Co-Founder of the Persuasion Lab), Dr. Sareeta Amrute (Parsons, The New School & Data & Society), Dr. Ishtiaque Ahmed (University of Toronto), and Dr. Rida Qadri (Google Research).

For more information and up-to-date deadlines, please see this document or email Kim (