DATAH - Exploring the Digital Archive Tamil Agrarian History 1650-1950
08/02/2017

This 3 day seminar will expose, explore and question a digital archive of Tamil agrarian history (DATAH) which was constituted during a five year project (2010-2016) by a team of the Social Sciences Department of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP). This project was funded by the British Library’s Endangered Archives Program (Arcadia).

DATAH - Exploring the Digital Archive Tamil Agrarian History 1650-1950
French Institute of Pondicherry
22-23-24 February 2017

 

This 3 day seminar will expose, explore and question a digital archive of Tamil agrarian history (DATAH) which was constituted during a five year project (2010-2016) by a team of the Social Sciences Department of the French Institute of Pondicherry (IFP). This project was funded by the British Library’s Endangered Archives Program (Arcadia).

Alongside the presentation of the project (day 1) and the seminar (day 2) during which historians and anthropologist will present their personal readings of the archive, an exhibition will be held on the back wall of the IFP both for this seminar as well as for the Pondicherry Heritage Festival. Further a roundtable (day 3) will be devoted to exploring the feasibility of pursuing the collection of documents and to assessing strategies and constraints of digital archives in Tamil Nadu with several institutional partners.

About DATAH

The aim of the DATAH project was to create a digital archive of documents of socio-historical relevance to historians, anthropologists, sociologists and linguists. Most of the documents digitized during this five year project (2011-2016) are destined to disappear in the near future given both the very humid climate of southern India and neglected condition in which they are stored. These documents, recorded on paper, palm-leaves and copper plates provide a rare and unique opportunity to glimpse a variety of aspects of social history of village life in the more remote parts of the Tamil region at a time when new power structures and social identities were being forged both with and against local traditional feudal systems and British colonial legislations.

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