e-mail: chhanda at iitj.ac.in, chhanda at hss.iitkgp.ac.in
About myself: Chhanda Chakraborti is an active thinker, author, and a Professor of Philosophy. Recipient of many awards and fellowships, she has over 30 years of experience of research guidance, multidisciplinary research collaboration, curriculum development, and teaching as a tenure track faculty at premier Institutes in India, and had visited several universities abroad. After retirement from IIT Kharagpur, she has joined IIT Jodhpur to join hands in Institution-building effort.
Her two on-going sponsored projects are as follows:
1. ‘'An interdisciplinary study of Technologically Manipulated Information: Its ecosystem and its psycho-social impact'.
2. 'Digital Twins: negotiating identity and translocated heritage in the global age
Her forthcoming book from Springer Nature is ‘Introduction to Ethics: Concepts and cases’.
With over 100 publications, and a varied range of research interests, which includes the experience of working successfully with multidisciplinary teams, she is eager to learn and do more.
SPONSORED RESEARCH PROJECTS
Current Funded Research Project: 'An interdisciplinary study of Technologically Manipulated Information: Its ecosystem and its psycho-social impact'
Funding agency: Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), India
Current role: Project Director
Co-PIs: Dr. Ankita Sharma (Psychology), Dr Prasenjeet Tribhuvan (Sociology), Dr Rajendra Nagar (Electrical Engineering), IIT Jodhpur
Duration: 2 years 2022-2024
A brief description of the project:
2. Indo-Swiss Joint Research Project :
Title: Digital Twins: negotiating identity and translocated heritage in the global age
Awarded: September 2022
Duration: 36 Months
Funding agency: Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), ICSSR India
Brief description of the project:
This project aims to address urgent transnational challenges of heritage and cultural exchange specific to this global age of digitization and the translocation of art treasures. 'Digital Twins: Negotiating identity and translocated heritage in the global age' unites for the first-time humanities, digital heritage and social science experts at EPFL (Lausanne) Switzerland, IIT Jodhpur, and Université de Genève to grapple with compound predicaments facing museums and curators worldwide to ethically, democratically, and equitably distribute their collections todiverse, internationally located audiences.
'Digital Twins' contends with major transformations in heritage practice impacting both India and Switzerland, bridging the gap in the state-of-the-art in three domains. One, the circulation of art treasures and of heritage in a digitized form, making heritage a translocated phenomenon, and the psycho-social ramifications for local and transnational identity. Two, digital twins as a means to revolutionize heritage distribution and access in the present post-conflict and postcolonial era of rapidly changing values and increasing risk. Three, the potential of digital twins combined with blockchain technologies to enable more equitable, trustworthy, and ethical distribution of heritage to resolve issues in copyright, data security and privacy, as well as contested provenance for a postcolonial and global age.
At the International Seminar on "Morals Matter: Ethics and Human Behaviour", May 18-20, 2022. My presentation was on May 19, 2022, in the Second Academic Session, 11:50 - 1 PM.
Organized by Center for Indological Studies and Research, The Ramakrishna Institute of Culture, Gol Park, Kolkata, India.
The title of my paper is:
On the Origin and Nature of Ethics and Ethical Values
2. Chhanda Chakraborti, Invited talk, ‘School of Liberal Arts Initiative at IIT Jodhpur and NEP 2020’, IIT Jodhpur NEP Workshop, September 3, 2022