NIAS Wednesday Discussion: “Reconfiguring the Humanities PhD in the Digital Age” by Namitha A Kumar, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 0930 hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion



“Reconfiguring the Humanities PhD in the Digital Age”



Namitha A Kumar

Research Director, Centre for Health Ecologies and Technology


Chairperson: Sangeetha Menon, Professor, School of Humanities, NIAS,            


13th September, 2017, 9.30 am, Lecture Hall, NIAS


Abstract: This talk explores the history of the doctoral degree, its antecedents and its current status in the academic world. The current conundrum in the humanities PhD is considered from different viewpoints to evolve newer ways of reconfiguring the process and products of a humanities doctoral degree. I discuss the adopting of technological tools by the digital humanities and the skillsets that it can create within the humanities academia. I also look at the myriad ways in which an applied humanities PhD can engage scholars creatively to develop transversal skills looking beyond the academic professions. Finally, I also wish to suggest innovation in PhD thesis formats to go beyond just words and engage the visual-audio-haptic environments in the digital age to produce creative thesis output.

About the Speaker: Namitha A Kumar is the Research Director of a healthcare not-for-profit Centre for Health ecologies and technology. Member of state rare disease policy drafting committee. Works with state and its Health agencies to improve healthcare access and delivery for rare disease communities in Karnataka. Head of advocacy and Patient rights, thalassemia Society Karnataka. Keen interest in the working of public policies in ensuring Health equity and justice. She did her Ph.D. from NIAS.


All are cordially invited

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For further info, please contact Sangeetha Menon [ or] Coordinator of NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meetings, and D. Suba Chandran [], for NIAS Discussion Reports.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017