Crowdsourcing Memories from the 1947 Partition of British India

Working with the South Asia Institute at Harvard University, this project aims to collect and analyze oral histories and memories of the 1947 Partition of British India with a focus on minority voices. Aspects of this project include gathering discrete historical data such as locations and descriptions of refugee camps; mapping geographical locations (before and after migration locations, camp locations, violence locations); and analyzing comparative data based on stories from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and the diaspora. This project also involves applying quantitative techniques to derive relations among variables and observe broad trends and patterns in attitudes and belief; identifying common words and phrases that are mentioned frequently in the memory database by using topic modeling; and analyzing the sentiments to get a sense of the emotional valence of the interviews. For more information see the South Asia Institute project page.