Designing Digital Spaces For Communities and Cultures, Free Flow LectureNovember 8, 2005, 6:00 pm »
In this talk, Ramesh Srinivasan will invoke metaphors and precedents from architectural and cultural studies in the study of how digital spaces can be developed for communities across global and cultural bounds. He will present two pieces, focused from graduate work at Harvard's Design School and MIT's media Laboratory and discuss the connections between cultural practice and digital spaces, and look at how media can be designed to enable voice and cultural discourses to be elicited and fostered. As a current professor at UCLA's Department of Information Studies, Ramesh will also discuss ongoing fascinating work in oral/tribal communities within India, as well as connecting museum studies and new media design.
Ramesh Srinivasan, who holds M.S and Doctoral degrees, from the MIT Media Laboratory and Harvard's Design School respectively, has focused his research globally on the development of information systems within the context of culturally-differentiated communities. He is interested in how an information system can function as a cultural artifact, as a repository of knowledge that is commensurable with the ontologies of a community. As a complement, he is also interested in how an information system can engage and re-question the notion of diaspora and how ethnicity and culture function across distance. This research allows one to uncover mechanisms by which indigenously-articulated forms of development can begin to occur, as relating to his current work in pastoral and tribal communities in Southern India. His research therefore involves engaging communities to serve as the designers, authors, and librarians/archivists of their own information systems. His research has spanned such bounds as Native Americans, Somali refugees, Indian villages, Aboriginal Australia, and Maori New Zealand.
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