Making the Disappeared Appear: Ensaaf’s Archive of Loss and Remains by Shruti Devgan

Spring 2020
Abstract
Ensaaf, a transnational non-profit organization, is in the process of creating an expansive digital archive of “disappeared” Sikhs in Punjab, India. This essay offers a reflection on Ensaaf’s latest digital project: sharing the stories of the disappeared every day on their social media pages—Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Through such daily sharing, Ensaaf is performing a mediated ritual of remembrance. By employing the aliveness and dynamism of social media sites Ensaaf’s team is actively and creatively engaging with loss and what remains.

Keywords: Ensaaf, disappeared, liminal death, social media, rituals of remembrance

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Shruti DevganBowdoin College