“But unless theory is unanswerable, either through its successes or failure, to the essential untidiness, the essential unmasterable presence that constitutes a large part of historical and social situations (and this applies equally to theory that derives from somewhere else and theory that is ‘original’), then theory becomes an ideological trap.” (Edward Said ‘Traveling Theory’ 1983: 173)
Ilm-oun bas kareen o yaar // Ik Alif teray darkaar
(Stop seeking all this knowledge, my friend…an Alif is all you need)
— Bulleh shah
Bio: Hello world! I am Noopur. I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the AI Now Institute at New York University (Sept 2020-August 2022). I received my PhD in Informatics from the University of California Irvine in September 2020.
My dissertation titled ‘Platform Living – theorizing life, work and ethical enactments in the gig economy’ looked at work, consumption and life experiences within gig platforms through ethnographic research in Bengaluru (among other places). It also explored the moral economy of the gig economy. Please click around to read my published and unpublished work on the gig economy, automation and global South.
I am also pursuing individual and collaborative research on the deep histories of datafication drawing on the histories and presents of post colonies. With this work my aim is to put post/de/anti-colonial writing in conversation with critical information studies. I was a CTSP Fellow at UC Berkeley for 2020-21. I was a Technology, Law and Society Fellow (2017-18) at UC Irvine and an alumna of the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University (2016-17). I also run a mentor list for international students looking to apply to PhD programs.
Reach me at nar8914 at nyu dot edu.