The Digital Performance of the Self(ie)

(SPARC-India funding, 2019-22)

Based on four different ethnographic engagements involving collaborators in India and the UK, this project aimed to understand the form and meaning of self-making and the construction of digital identities in the Indian context. Shortly to be published by Routledge as a monograph, the project’s five discrete chapters examine the digital self(ie) across a range of locations and points of origin, from place-making selfies shot in coffee shops, to citizen-making digital identities mediated by the state, to instagram images in which the self circulates posthumously, to objects that stand in for the self, to finding ways to occupy cultural spaces through self-starring videos. The act of becoming a digital presence is an essentially creative and curatorial project, generating a politics of participation that is at once generative and responsive.