Digit-M-Ed Activities in Delhi / November 2012 – January 2013


Sofia Trilivas and Vinod Kumar discuss after a field visit in Munirka.

In the Months of December 2012 and January 2013, a series of Digit-M-Ed related activities took place in Delhi, in the partner institution JNU, as part of the program’s Work Package 2. Michalis Kontopodis (VU/UoC), Sofia Trilivas (UoC) and Christos Varvantakis (FU) stayed in JNU as visiting scholars and engaged both in the research of the local team as well as in academic activities in the host institution. Furthermore, a  creative dialogue between DigitMEd researchers has resulted in a productive elaboration of the program’s methodological and ethical aspects. (More on the methodology will appear soon in the “Focus/Methodology” page of this website.)


Guram Srinivas and Anil Kumar Patel discuss with young informants in Munirka

The visiting scholars discussed extensively the local colleague’s ongoing research on “Marginalised Youth and their use of Digital Media in Munirka”. In several occasions, the visiting scholars visited together with the local colleagues the fieldsite of the local researche’s in Munirka Village (South Delhi), where they had the opportunity to know some of the informants and to get familiar with the researchers team approach. Consequently, there were discussions (both formal and informal) in which the researchers exchanged views, opinions, insights and suggestions on the nature and next steps of the above mentioned research. Furthermore, the visiting scholars discussed with  the graduate students who are engaged in the research their own work and offered suggestions and advise on their individual dissertations.


Sofia Trilivas presenting at the School for the Study of Social Systems, JNU

As foreseen by the project’s agreement, the visiting scholars gave guest lectures and co-teached seminars with the local colleagues during the period of their stay. These included the following lectures:

  • Michalis Kontopodis: “Particip@tory Media in Educational Research: A Field in-the-(re)making?”.
  • Sofia Trilivas: “Anti-racism and pedagogy and praxis in schools”
  • Christos Varvantakis: “Ethics and Aesthetics of the Anthropological Image”


Following up these activities, a workshop was collaboratively organised at 24th/25th of January, with the title “Exploring Digital Media Worlds in Delhi and Beyond” . The first day of the workshop consisted of public lectures by guest speakers, where the project was presented to a wider audience, while the second day was dedicated to internal discussions and further planning of the DigitMEd team.

The programme of the workshop was the following:

24 January, 10 A.M

Exploring Digital Media Worlds in Delhi and Beyond

Prof. Biswajit Das, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi – Digital Culture and Socialization Through Social Media

Prof. Debalsingha Roy, IGNOU, Delhi – Knowledge Society and ICT: Changing Culture and Identity Dr. Christos Varvantakis, Freie University, Berlin, Germany – An Overview of the DIGIT-M-ED Program: The Framework

CHAIR: Prof. Maitrayee Chaudhuri, CSSS, JNU

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25 January: 10 A.M. – 4 P.M.

Understanding and Doing  Digital Media Research 

Workshop Agenda:

Dr. Sofia Triliva – Application of Grounded Theory in Digital Media Research Dr. Sofia Triliva & Dr. Christos Varvantakis – Insights from the Digital Media Research in Greece Dr. Sofia Triliva  & Dr. Christos Varvantakis – Training Exercise Dr. G. Srinivas – Considerations in Studying Marginality and Youth in Delhi Mr. Anil Kumar Patel & Mr. Vinod Kumar – Initial Forays into the Field in Munirka, Delhi CHAIR: Dr. Sofia Triliva, University of Crete, Greece