We are embarking on a research project in a collaboration with the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore which over the next two years will support scholarship that produces multi-disciplinary histories of the internets in India.
Towards this end, the project will focus on the National Archives of India as well as consider Goa and Tamil Nadu as incidental territories which enable a view of distinct issues that emerge in the interface between technology and society in the context of archiving.
The paper will focus on particular users, collectors and collections that make certain issues and questions around archiving pertinent and visible. While it would be possible to do a historical overview of the state archives in these places, the state of cataloguing, etc. this is already available to some degree, and will consume time that could be spent examining questions that are of contemporary political significance and are not often considered in the context of archiving.