Group for Experimental Methods in Humanistic Research
at Columbia University

Architectures of Knowledge: Mumbai

WORKSHOP on 04 Jul 2016
⌖ Mumbai, India
updates ↓

05/01/15 The pilot project in Mumbai, India has been funded with generous support from the President’s Global Innovation Fund.
with contribution from:
  • Alex Gil
  • Ashish Rajadhyaksha
  • Ashok Sukumaram
  • Ashok Thorat
  • Balazs Bodo
  • Christie Davis
  • Dennis Tenen
  • Durba Mitra
  • Jan Gerber
  • Lawrence Liang
  • Mara Mills
  • Marcell Mars
  • Namita Malhotra
  • Naresh Fernandes
  • Nirmala Menon
  • Padmini Ray Murray
  • Prashant Iyengar
  • Prashant Parvatneni
  • Rochelle Pinto
  • Rahul Gairola
  • Ratheesh Radhakrishnan
  • Rohini Lakshané
  • Rosemary Grennan
  • Sandeep Mertia
  • Sarover Zaidi
  • Sean Dockray
  • Sebastian Lutgert
  • Shaina Anand
  • Tanya Bhattacharyya
  • Tomislav Medak
  • Varsha Ayyar

We are so pleased you will be joining us for the upcoming workshop and meeting, Knowledge Architectures, in Mumbai from July 4th through July 6th at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences.


This event was made possible with general support of;;;;;;; and the Centre for Labour Studies, TISS.

Pre-meeting workshop at CAMP: July 2 - 3rd

Some of you will be joining us for the pre-event workshop, to be held at CAMP, located in Chuim Village at Bandra, directions here. This two-day workshop on book digitization and shadow libraries will be held in collaboration with local activists and experts, the Open Media Library, and Memory of the World crews.

For those of you joining us for the pre-conference, the schedule is as follows:

July 2nd, 11am

Scanning workshop. Practical scanning of books, photos and documents. Including scanning workflow, and building a new scanner after the prototype at CAMP. Evening discussion on what we need on the scanning front.

July 3rd, 11am

Managing collections. Open Media Library, Aaaaarg, Memory of the World, and other workflows. Closing discussion on what we need on the collections front.

Architectures of Knowledge workshop at TISS: July 4-6th

Most of you will be joining the workshop to be held at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). TISS is located at V.N. Purav Marg, Deonar, Mumbai

  1. The tentative schedule is as follows:

Day 1, July 4

TISS, New Campus, Board Room

09:00 - 10:00 Morning tea (Guesthouse)
10:30 - 11:00 Dean’s welcome
11:00 - 13:00 Opening remarks, introductions
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 17:00 Selected projects: Sarai,,, Small Axe
19:30 - 21:00 Dinner at the Guesthouse

Day 2, July 5

TISS, New Campus, Board Room

09:00 - 10:00 Morning tea (Guesthouse)
10:00 - 11:00 Selected projects: Mara and Mayday Rooms
11:00 - 12:00 Local Challenges discussion
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
10:00 - 12:00 Planning session
18:00 - 19:30 Visit to R&R. Directions here

Day 3, July 6

TISS, New Campus

18:00 - 20:00 Party at CAMP

Travel & Transportation:

If you are staying further away and plan to join the workshop, remember that traffic can make transportation times far longer than expected. Take the government pre-paid blue AC cabs from the airport or arrange transportation with your hotel if you are arriving early.


It is monsoon season, and from all reports, this year there has been heavy rain in Mumbai. That means all participants should be sure to bring plastic bags or covers for their electronic devices, rain gear, and appropriate attire, as shoes will definitely get wet from puddles.


  1. Pre-Meeting (July 2-3): A number of participants is arriving for the preliminary events at CAMP. We unfortunately do not have the budget to reimburse accommodation for this period.

  2. TISS workshop (July 3-7): We will provide housing for everyone who needs accommodation for the period July 3rd through July 7th at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. We’ll be accommodating all participants in need of housing at TISS in double occupancy dorm rooms. Please check with the front desk for your room assignment and roommate. The nearby Fern Residency hotel is highly recommended and is an option for those who can afford their own accommodation.


Should you have any issues or need to get in contact, please feel free to contact us. Add us on WhatsApp. Our contact information is:

Name Number Email
Shaina Anand ———————- ———————-
Varsha Ayyar ——————— ———————-
Tomislav Medak ——————— ———————-
Durba Mitra ——————— ———————-
Dennis Tenen ——————— ———————-

We look forward to seeing you all very soon.

Durba, Tom, & Dennis