Sonic and Visual South Asia in Space and Time – Connecting Objects, Texts, People, and Places

Through June 23, 2017
Lalitpur, Nepal

Jun. 21

Sonic and Visual South Asia in Space and Time – Connecting Objects, Texts, People, and Places: A Workshop on Digitization for Audio and Images of South Asia

This workshop built upon previous workshops in locating material and archives and evaluating technological processes as they relate to institutional work in digitization. The last workshop took place in Colombo in July 2016, during which our collaborators explored the politics, ethics, and technical skills associated with the creation of metadata. Through this workshop we will continue to consider metadata as an important component of digitization, which we approach from the disciplinary perspectives of South Asian studies, ethnomusicology, art history, photography, and anthropology. Audio and visual resources are inextricably linked in the study of modern South Asia. Paintings, murals, photographs, maps, musical performances, language articulation, dance, theater, and others are grounded in both the aural and visual experience, and constitute the fabric of human expression. The larger aim is to create a federated and searchable database of audio and visual digitized sources to which we will encourage institutions to contribute their archived materials.

This workshop was hosted by Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya in historically rich Lalitpur, adjacent Kathmandu. Participants included ethnomusicologists, art historians, leaders of cultural heritage institutions, social historians, media and industry experts, computational scientists, archivists, and librarians.

Faculty engaged included Niall Atkinson, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Art History and the College; Philip V. Bohlman, Mary Werkman Distinguished Service Professor of Music and the Humanities; James Nye, Bibliographer for Southern Asia; Laura Ring, Assistant Southern Asia Librarian and Anna Lise Seastrand, Collegiate Assistant Professor and Harper Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts. 

The event was by invitation only.