A Workshop on Metadata for Audio and Images of South Asia

Through July 14, 2016
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Jul. 12

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

The workshop is part of the University’s initiatives on historical South Asian images and audio that are intended to address the increased expectations by scholars for integrated and open access to historical and contemporary resources across all disciplines through preservation and mass digitization of materials not already being addressed through other South Asian and international projects.

The workshop builds upon the University’s engagements in South Asian studies, ethnomusicology, art history, photography, and anthropology, and it considers how we might elucidate and facilitate the humanistic understanding of sonic and visual resources. The dense audio and visual culture that characterizes colonial India and modern South Asia is receiving special attention in an attempt to develop the infrastructure for understanding interrelations in the sonic and visual worlds.

The focus for the July workshop is skills development in the creation of metadata for image resources critical to our initiative. The workshop will continue to deepen the collaboration between academics at the University of Chicago and our counterparts in South Asia. Participants will include ethnomusicologists, art historians, leaders of cultural heritage institutions, social historians, archaeologists, media and industry experts, computational scientists, archivists, and librarians.