Le CERLIS, le CEPED,  et le LISIS organisent dans le cadre du groupe de recherche « Digital Studies in the Global South », un atelier scientifique intitulé :  « Objets numériques et transformations sociales dans un monde global : perspectives croisées Inde-France », coordonné par Eric Dagiral (Cerlis) et Marine AL DAHDAH (Ceped). Ce workshop se tiendra en Salle des Thèses, Bâtiment Jacob, de l'Université Paris Descartes (45, rue des Saints Pères 75066 Paris) de 9h à 17h30.

The choice of a French-Indian partnership, benefiting from the experience of the group set up last year in India, through a monthly seminar and participation to two workshops, seems relevant. In addition, India is a major site for technological change. Given the increasing emphasis on technology-driven industries and start-ups in the current governance paradigm and the almost three-decade old thrust in ICTs and related technoscientific advancements in industry and research, India is a useful site for the simultaneous study of technological proliferation, and the lack of it. According to recent studies (Internet World Stats 2015), the number of internet users worldwide has increased from 360 million in 2000 to more than 3 billion in 2014 (an increase of 753%). According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), there are roughly 400 million internet users in India, with a penetration of 34.8%. As a comparison, in the United States of America alone – which has a penetration rate of 86.9% – there are a total of only 277 million users (as reported in June 2014). This makes India one of the most fascinating sites in which to engage in ‘Digital Studies’ - being both a huge market for digital technologies and a land of major inequalities in terms of use and access to these technologies.


The organizing team is STS scholars from ‘the East’ and ‘the West’ (or the ‘Global North’ and the ‘Global South’) working on digital technologies and practices in their respective fields. This collaboration began with the creation of the Digital Studies Group in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in 2015. At the Annual 4S meeting in Barcelona 2016, around a series of discussions on digital perspectives from the global south, ideas emerged on a possible collaboration between early career researchers in France and India.

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