Sunday, November 15, 2009
He is a theorist and a painter who paint the pains of this life! Blessed assurance we are glad to have Epitemology (aka Taite-a) who has painted a portrait of gender bias. While most of us got failed in a drawing/painting whatever you may call, once again he has proven he's genius again. The painting foretell the stories of sufferings in the domestic domain. No wonder that this master piece is selected for an upcoming book "Gender Trouble".. Go..Taite Go.. paint the colors of life be they black or blue!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Vawiin tlai mai khan University Achiever's Award and Inauguration of Centre for Nanotechnology, DST Auditorium University of Hyderabad-ah hman a ni a. President hlui APJ Abdul Kalam chuan he hun hi min hmanpui. Mizo zingah Vanlalropuia Vanchawng M.A. (English) leh Golan M.A. (Pol. Sc) te chuan he Unversity Achiever's Award hi an dawng ve bawk. Kan chhuang hle a ni.
(Pic-Achiever's Award dawngtu Vanlalropuia Vanchhawng M.A. (Eng) )
Abdul Kalam chuan Future technlogy chu Nanotechnology ani tawh tur thu a sawi a. Zirlai lokal khawm te hnenah fuihna thuchah ropui tak a sawi bawk. Cuttack a mitdel zirlai tumruh takin India President nih a tum thu te, chupa chu Boston MIT-a a zir tak thu leh tumruh chuan kawng engkimah mihring hian theihloh ka neihloh thu a sawi. University sang tak a kan University inhlan kai avangin a lawmthu a sawi bawk.
(Pic- APJ Abdul Kalam leh Dr. Syed Hasnain V.C. UoH )
Zirlai ti tha te zing a Mizote kan lang ve ta zel hi midang te tan chona lian tak a ni. Theihpatawpin lehkhazir theuh ang u. Valte-a leh Golan kan lawmpui e.
Photo credit: Lalzarzoa
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Pied Pipers In North East-India, Bamboo-Flowers, Rat-Famine and the Politics of Philantrophy (1881-2007) by Sajal Nag; Monohar, New Delhi, 2008. pp X+ 307, Rs. 780.
A strong connection between famine and ethnic politics has been brought out by a number of scholars in the context of North East India. The economic backwardness of the region concerning famine has been widely discussed in the light of contemporary ethnic political process. Yet, the origin of widespread insurgencies in the north-east region whether in the case of Mizoram, Manipur or Nagaland is an outcome of food shortage during the colonial and post colonial period. However, the impact of famine on the people are generally left out in such discourses. To fill up such academic deficiency, Sajal Nag brought out a serious study on the history and politics around the bamboo famine in the context of Mizoram from the 1880s to the 1960s. Among India's north east states, Mizoram occupies a unique position mainly due to the periodic bamboo flowerings which lead to devastating famines in the region. This eventually led to the Famine Relief Front turned into political party called Mizo National Front uprising against the Indian nation in the mid 1960s. Mizo history from the pre-colonial migration to the encounter with colonialism and their interaction with the European Christian Missionaries and the growth of ethno-nationalism in post independent period were strongly determined by the cyclical bamboo famine. The various famine relief efforts which were made during colonialism by the state were all part of colonial agenda of trying to win over the hearts of the tribal people. In contrast to the colonial policy, the post colonial state ignored the famine in the hills. As a consequence, the socio - political upheaval started in 1966 which lasted for 20 years. Hence, history has provided a great deal of lesson that government interventions become important elements in coping with the famine stress.
Famine was not new to the British, particularly since the Bengal famine. In fact, they were responsible for most of the famines that had occurred in India. (p.63) However, bamboo famine in Mizoram (Lushai Hills) has triggered their curiosity as it was new to them. Bamboo flowering causes two types of famine locally called “mautam tam” and “thingtam tam” – their occurrence usually based on chronological sequences. In local language, Mautam or thingtam literally means bamboos withering or dying out. Tam meaning famine, the famine caused by bamboo is therefore called mautam tam and thingtam tam. According to folk tradition, the two species of bamboo (thing or bambusa longispiculata and mautak or melocanna bambbasoides) that grow in abundance in the hills flower in a cycle of 30 years and 50 years respectively. The bamboo flower soon produces fruits which are usually brown and green in colour. The seeds contain rich protein and are the favourite food of the local rats or Sazu. This is followed by a sudden explosion of rat population in the bamboo hills. The bamboos soon die, leaving the rats without abundant food from the bamboo. The hungry rats soon ravage the entire paddy field and stored grain in a matter of one night ultimately led to famine.
The famine caused by bamboo flowering was recorded for the first time in 1862 and the next bamboo famine which devastated the entire Mizo chiefdoms was recorded in1881-1882 (Military Report on the Chin-Lushai Country, 1881). It was estimated that 15,000 Mizos perished. (p.62) Many people fled to the neighbouring plain areas of Cachar and Manipur. Nag argued that the Mizo tribe who were dependent on jhum agriculture and hunting were helpless and entirely dependent on the external intervention especially in the time of famine. At the same time, colonial government needed to generate knowledge on "savage predators" who continuously attacked their commercial activities in plain areas. Hence, the year 1881 ushered a new milestone in the Anglo-Mizo relationship as bamboo famine opened a new chapter for the production of colonial knowledge on the Mizo tribe. During the time of famine, not only did the Mizo chiefs agree to cease their hostilities but they also allowed the colonials to enter their hill territory to inquire the condition of the famine. Such inquiry enabled the British to gain valuable information on the Mizo chiefdoms. Soon after the colonial government acquired some knowledge, the first series of ‘punitive expeditions’ were launched in 1840 which continued up to the end of of the 19th century. However, the Mizo Chiefs were not easily subdued despite the repeated efforts on the part of the British government from outright war to economic blockade, from burning stored food and standing crop to taking prisoners. Then the British subsequently transformed their punitive expeditions to wars of conquest as “the tribal raids would not cease unless they were totally conquered and placed under 'civilized' administration of the British and culturally transformed through the quietening influence of Christianity”. (p.60) In 1890, the British finally inaugurated their administration in Aizawl, the present capital of Mizoram (Lushai Hills). The remaining Mizo chiefs continued their resistance.
In 1911-1912, a periodic bamboo famine struck once again in the whole region of Lushai Hills under the British rule. Side by side with the government, Christian missionaries who entered the hill in 1894 provided relief work amongst the starving Mizos. A detailed description of the British and Christian Missionary relief works are found in both the third chapter and the fourth chapter. In the third chapter, Nag argues that the British used the famine relief work as a site for politics of paternalism in Lushai Hills. He wrote “The mautam gave the British, the opportunities to showcase their paternalistic image....what 50 years of warfare could not achieve, one year of famine relief did” (p.152). As a result of the famine relief work, the Mizo chiefs soon realised that the white master was their saviour. In the author words “this paternalistic image of white people was gradually reinforced with the establishment of British power in the hills”. (p.152). Based on numerous records on both colonial rulers and the missionaries, Nag substantiated his argument in the fourth chapter stating that famine provided a site for the politics of humanitarianism in Lushai hills as both colonial government and Christian missionaries played pied pipers role. By arranging famine relief, it made them completely dependent on the administrative machinery. (p.216) The British Government was the new order and Christian missionaries through their work helped people to accept and adjust to the new order. According to the author, “They changed the tribal perception that the colonial administration was an alien government and made them feel as if it was their own. While the British made the colonial conquest of the Lushai, the Missionaries, by transforming them morally and culturally, consolidated the conquest.” (p.217)
The fifth chapter stresses on the fact that the bamboo famine in independent India was used as a site for ethno-nationalism. The next bamboo famine occurred in the post independent era of 1959-1960 which was a very critical period in Mizo history. When the British left the Mizo hills, it remained isolated and underdeveloped. Moreover, this period also witnessed rapid expansion of the fear of losing cultural identity going hand in hand with social and political crisis. Politically, Mizo Hills became an autonomous district of Assam in 1952 and the institution of chieftainship was abolished with the aim of democratizing the political condition in the hills. Lack of communication from the mainland India resulted to regionalism with an uncertain future for the Mizos.
Based on their experiences in the past, precautionary measures were initiated as early as 1950. The Anti-Famine Campaign Organization was formed in 1951 with the aim of preventing famine in the hills. On 29 October 1958, the Mizo District Council passed a resolution cautioning the government (Assam) to sanction relief funds. However, the government of Assam rejected the request on the ground that such predictions of famine were only tribal superstition. True to their prediction, standing crops were devastated by millions of rats in 1959. Majority of the people who were fully dependent on jhum agriculture for their subsistence were subjected to starvation. The Assam government finally responded when the news of the crisis was well circulated. However, supply could not be furnished because of poor modes of transportation (the only roads available could be accessed by Jeep). In the following year, the famine became worse in almost every part of the Mizo Hills.
Earlier in 1946, the district ruling party, Mizo Union agreed to merge with the Indian Union. However, the bamboo famine had an overwhelming impact on the political condition of the Hills. Famine left a scar on the people’s psyche that the government failed to provide relief work during the previous bamboo famine. Feelings of negligence and marginalization from the government developed rapidly in the post famine period. Khondker comment on famine policies in pre-British India firmly applied in the Mizo context as he stated that “there is a moral responsibility on the part of the government to ensure the subsistence needs of the populace. And failure to discharge this obligation is viewed as a breach of an unwritten contract raising serious questions about the effectiveness and legitimacy of the government.” (Khondker, 1986, p.25) The Mizo Cultural Society was formed in 1958 which eventually changed its name to the Mizo National Famine Front with the outbreak of Famine in 1959. The front began as a voluntary organization offering social services to the people. The educated middle class were frustrated because of the Assam government’s indifference to the Mizo hills. Hence, the need of a new platform pushed the Front to organize a new political party called 'Mizo National Front' (MNF) on 22nd October 1961. A memorandum submitted to the prime minister on 30 October 1965 clearly reflected the people’s perception on government relief work in the Mizo hills; “During the fifteen years of close contact and association with India, Mizo people have not been able to feel at home with India or in India, nor have they been able to feel that their joys and sorrow have really ever been shared by India. They do not, therefore feel Indian…. Therefore, the Mizos demanded the creation of Mizoram, a free sovereign state to govern itself to work her own destiny and to formulate her own foreign policy”. On 28 February1966, the famous Mizo insurgency movement started in North East India. The insurgency lasted for 20 years, ended in 1986 which took more life than during the course of the previous Famine.
The author ends his brief discussion on a sporadic Mautam that returned in 2007-2008. The author's main emphasis is on the fact that the former rebel group now run the state government has failed to implement effective ways of organizing famine relief works. During the author’s field trip in Mizoram, he sensed widespread discontent. He noted that “almost all sections of the population were unhappy with the way a prospective famine was being politicized and its fund being misused.” (p.289) Although recent period witnessed the transformation of market economy, development particularly in the agricultural scenario is far from adequate. It is a hilly area with most of the villages being inaccessible to road transport. There is very little infrastructure on which relief work can be organized, roads are primitive, and the economy is primarily based on primitive mode of production i.e Jhum cultivation. Apart from these considerations, bamboo famine is a natural calamity, but the severity is also determined by the social and economic forces that reflect the general rural poverty. Basing on Nag observations, the present crisis in Mizoram demonstrates three underlying messages – first, the internal weakness and regional backwardness of the state as in comparison with the plain areas of India. Second, it demonstrates the poor standard of living conditions particularly in rural areas. Third, it also undermines the effectiveness of government action on precautionary measures, response and relief action in the course of bamboo famine.
The way Nag utilized colonial documents in shaping the entire book is amazing especially in the context of north-east India, where re-reading of colonial thought is limited. However, his lack of incorporating local sources (for instance oral tradition gives numerous references to famine) and lots of mispronunciations and spelling mistakes (including glossary. p.291-292) on local language in the book may irritate the native language speaking scholars. Otherwise, this book will be a good read for those who are interested in exploring the history of north-east India in general, Mizoram history in particular.
Khondker, H.H (1986) Famine policies in pre-British India and the question of moral economy in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. Vol.9, No.2.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Tun inrinni liamta tlai dar 6:30 khan Students' Recreation Hall ah MPGSU,UoH Freshers' Social tluang takin kan hmang. A nuamin a hlimawm hle, kumin hian kan campus ah Mizo zirlai kalthar 24 kan nei a, kumin hi kan tam ber tum niin a lang. Mizoram lam atangin Lecturer Refreshers Course ti tura lo kal ten kan sawmna ngai pawimawh a kan programme te min rawn hmanpui a kan phuisui hle. 'Naute Thar' Bulletin ngaihnawm leh hmuhnawm tak tih chhuah a ni bawk.
Programme a nuam, 3rd Sem Students ho a host tu ten an hnehin an tangrual tha a, ka puar in kan tlai hle. an scholar nula rualin naupang pawnto an show te, Atheuneulo Batch in 'Rotuiburi' an rawn show te, 3rd Sem ho zaipawl leh Freshers zaipawl te leh Freshers interview ...a..a anuam vek a ni mai...chaw lah a tui kan puarin kan tlai hle. Ahnuai ah ian thlalak tlem kan rawn ti lang tel e.
Pic-Freshers Day hmagtute
Pic-Tv.Muansanga'n min hawsan dawn ta sia ngaihhruina Tv.Mahruaia'n a hlan lai
Monday, June 29, 2009
Nl. Hmingthanzuali (Azuali) Aizawl lamah thesis ziah chhunzawm turin a chho a.
Campusah chuan Nl.Mimi, Nl. Dindinte-i, Nl. Hruaii, Nl. Chingi te'n M.Phil interview hmachhawn turin tan an la mek bawk. Hetih lai hian Nl.Babie Lalsangzeli (Bepte-i)pawh Hyderabad dam takin a rawn thleng leh bawk, mahse engmah minlo hawnlo! Airport ah a rawn in pose nasa hle ni a sawi a ni :-) Mithar 7 tun a chiang tawhsa ah chuan kal thar tur kan nei ni in a lang a, Aizawl centre kan sualchhuah hnuah pawh kanla pung thei vak chuanglo a har deuh te pawh a ni ang e. Nl. Malsawmkimi (kimkimi) pawhin a M.Phil a khawrpum tan dawn a post submission pawh a nei hnai thuai dawn e. Research Scholar ho pawh an hna pangaiah an buai tlang khawp. Campus boruak a lum em em hranlo. Zir duh tan chuan zirna boruak tak a ni. Tuesday hian Lalremruati Khiangte (Maremruati) pawh Mizoram min hawn san dawn ta. Tunhnai khan a ni hian UGC/NET a hmu bawk. Kan ngai dawn hle mai. Nl. Zoramdini (Zorami) pawh a thawhna tur SBH ah training an nei mek a Secunderabad-ah a awm mek. Hyderabad posting a hmuh loh chuan a ni pawh hmun dang a kal mai tur a ni. Kan ngai khawp ang. Kan University Mizo zirlaite kutchhuak academic lam lehkhabu tih chhuah tum bawk a ni a hetah hian H.Vanlalhruaia (Taite-a) chuan hma a la mek bawk a ni.
(He kan chanchin tlangpui hi Ex-Univ of hyd te, hmundang a chawlh hmang mek te tan a kan han ziahsak a ni e)
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(PVC-1 Approved 13.05.09)
CSFL July 9, 2009
2. Two-day Workshop on Life and Work of
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(VC Approved – 06.04.09)
July 31, 2009 to
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3. Climate change: causes, measures and
(Prof. AC Narayana)
(Approved by PVC-1 09.06.09)
August 23-27, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
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Last date of receipt of applications: 30th June 2009
Completed application forms must be sent to:
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North East category of fellowships are earmarked for candidates from North-East Region or who are registered in North Eastern Universities. Centrally administered Doctoral Fellowships are awarded by the ICSSR on the basis of selection through an interview to be held at also at ICSSR North-Eastern Regional Centre, Shillong.
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‘Self, Society and History’: A Cultural History Workshop
18-19 June 2010
The Centre for Cultural History at the University of Aberdeen invites individual and panel proposals for a workshop entitled ‘Self, Society and History’ to be held between the 18-19 June 2010. The workshop organizers seek proposals from members of the humanities and social sciences whose research sheds new light on questions of human subjectivity, social identity and power from the eighteenth century to the present.
The workshop organizers are particularly interested in attracting a broad cross-section of historical and theoretical approaches to subjectivity, social identity and power. These approaches may include the historical, sociological, or anthropological application of social psychology, post-structuralism, symbolic interactionism, Foucauldian analysis, psychoanalysis, neuroscience, postmodernism, articulation theory, and studies of individual memory and the collective historical consciousness.
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The Center for Contemporary History and Policy (CCHP) at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) invites proposals for short-term fellowships focused on the use of the Pew Scholars in the Biomedical Sciences Oral History Collection located at the CHF. Fellows are expected to be in residence for six weeks and will use the Pew Collection to develop projects related to their own work. We welcome applications/proposals from researchers at all stages of their careers and from a diversity of fields: STS, sociology, history (of science, medicine, or technology), philosophy, and science policy. Since the goal of this Fellowship is to promote the use of this oral history collection, all Fellows will be required either to write a ten-page description of the ways in which the collection contributed to their research or to supply a copy of a book chapter or an article based upon work derived from this collection.
In 1985, the Pew Charitable Trusts established the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences to provide four-year awards to early-career biomedical researchers of outstanding promise. Hundreds of scientists have since received funding from The Pew Trusts, and have helped to shape the course of biomedical research in the United States. Some Pew Scholars have gone on to receive prestigious awards such as the Nobel Prize and the Howard Hughes Medical Investigator award; many have started their own research centers and initiatives; and all have made significant contributions to the life sciences.
Soon after the term of the four-year award, these Pew Scholars participated in an oral history interview that covered various aspects of the Scholars’ lives: their childhood; early education; college, graduate school, and post-doc experiences; reflections on their mentors and the labs in which they worked; starting and running a lab; and broader social, cultural, economic, and political issues. This oral history collection provides a wealth of information for those interested in the contemporary history of the biomedical sciences.
These oral histories, housed in the Othmer Library at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, are being made available for research purposes. For more information about the Scholars and their science, please visit the program website which is part of the Emerging Science area of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ website. For examples of the oral histories, please visit the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s web pages devoted to the Pew Oral Histories (the pages are currently under construction and are not a reflection of the complete collection of approximately 200 Pew oral histories for the classes of 1985 through 2000, all of which can be accessed at the Othmer Library).
In order to create an atmosphere of collaboration and community, Fellows are expected tobe in residence at the Chemical Heritage Foundation for six consecutive weeks of their choosing, completing their time before the end of June 2010.
Fellows will receive access to
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In addition, fellows will receive a $3,000 stipend to support the individual's expenses (no other financial support, e.g. travel funding, will be available).
Though the CHF cannot guarantee housing for Fellows, we do offer support in searching for appropriate accommodations.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Entrance exam centre for the North Eastern region are:-Aizawl, Guwahati and Kohima
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Thursday, February 5, 2009
List of Conferences/Seminars/Workshop
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|1.||National Seminar on the Challenges of Contemporary Hindi Criticism||Dept. of Hindi||Feb 5-7, 2009||---|
|2.||National Seminar||Dept. of Telugu||Feb 12-14, 2009||3 Rooms|
|3.||National University of Singapore organising a Symposium (SInCCS-5)||School of Chemistry||Feb 19-23, 2009||8 Rooms|
|4.||Inpsyght - 2009||Centre for Health Psychology||Feb 20-21, 2009||---|
|5.||4th Inter-Congress Of Indian National Confederation And Academy Of Anthropologists||Dept. of Anthropology||Feb 21-23, 2009||20 Rooms|
|6.||International Seminar on Urdu Afsana: Ek Sadi||Dept. of Urdu||24.02.2009 to 26.02.2009||8 Rooms|
|7.||International Seminar||Dept. of Theater Arts||25.02.2009 to 01.02.2009||10 Rooms|
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|1.||Seminar on ELT in India: Issues of Pedagogy||English Languages Teaching Cell||March 3-4, 2009||---|
|2.||National Seminar Foreign Language Teaching in India: Challenges and Strategies||Centre for Study of Foreign Langugages||March 4-5, 2009||---|
|3.||Workshop on Cryogenics and Low Temp. Physics||School of Physics||March 20-21, 2009||---|
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Thursday, January 29, 2009
SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES
UNIVERSITY OF HYDERABAD
Seventh Short term course from 2nd to 6th February 2009
Theme : “ORIENTALISM”
Instructor : Dr. Pramod K Nayar
Department of English
University of Hyderabad
Venue : SAP Seminar Hall of the Department
Time : 4.30 P.M. – 6.30 P.M.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
The Third International Conference on
Hangzhou, China, 27-29 August 2010
Organized by the Institute of Discourse & Cultural Studies
and co-sponsored by Centre for Contemporary Chinese Discourse Studies
Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Call for papers
Following the great success of the first two tri-annual International Conference on Multicultural Discourses in 2004 and 2007, respectively, the Third will be held between August 27 and 29, 2010, again in Hangzhou! The organiser is the Institute of Discourse & Cultural Studies of Zhejiang University and the co-sponsor the University’s Centre for Contemporary Chinese Discourse Studies.
The coming Conference on Multicultural Discourses will remain committed to the original broad aims: 1) to enhance critique of cultural imperialism in scholarly discourse, 2) to promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue in discourse studies, 3) to advance research into culturally repressive discourses, culturally marginalized discourses and new discourses helpful to cultural coexistence, solidarity and prosperity. The particular areas of study include but are not limited by:
l cultural critique of dominant language/communication/discourse scholarships;
l studies of concepts, theories and methods of language/communication/discourse outside mainstream traditions;
l intercultural dialogue and cross-fertilization in discourse/language/communication scholarships
l studies of discourses that reflect the realities, issues, concerns and aspirations of marginalized or otherwise troubled groups and communities;
l studies of new or alternative discourses of cultural cohesion and progress;
l discussion of the needs and norms for conducting intercultural and international communication
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Saturday, January 17, 2009
University of Hyderabad – Department of Biotechnology (UoH-DBT Centre for Education and Research in Biology and Biotechnology (CREBB) DB Postdoctoral Fellowships
Thursday, January 8, 2009
THE DYNAMICS OF CULTURE, SOCIETY AND IDENTITY: EMERGING LITERATURES FROM NORTH EAST INDIA
Culture is a dynamic process that goes through mutations and underwrites changes in time while some historic turning points in the life of a community becomes the defining moment for that community in terms of identity and articulation. Culture as a hold all word also operates within an epistemological horizon in that cultural reproduction is intimately connected to its transmission and transformation. In an era when we go on debating the merits and demerits of globalization from an economic stand point we often ignore what happens to fragile marginal identities and the way a society articulates its inner conflicts, ambivalences, passions, through the written word. Creative literature has always expressed not only the discursive struggle of an individual but also struggles of many kinds of the community as a whole. Creative literature is an indicator of a society’s understanding of itself, human ecology, various ‘life forms’ and the larger world around it. It engenders itself through constant engagement with the changes while accepting what is universal, defining and redefining what is specific and particular.
Northeast India has always been in mainstream consciousness mostly for the wrong reasons, its understanding mostly created through, and derived from the media. There is a Northeast outside of the newspaper pages; it is something different to people who live here. The land mass that is designated as India’s Northeast is not the same to the people who inhabit this geographical area that has existed for centuries through its ecology, myths, legends, stories, poetry, dances, arts and crafts, its conflicting history and moribund politics. This territory has many facets and many faces; it is not just a map; it is a cultural and linguistic geography—diverse, vibrant and variegated. The people who call this territory their home define the uniqueness and diversity of their cultures, customs and social practices through their oral and written literatures. Some of the communities in the Northeast are still embattled being caught up in a never ending conflict between the Indian State and ethnocentric autonomy movements. The fluid political situation is a carry over of the colonial past. The colonial past has shaped and reshaped the cultural identities of most communities (mostly tribal communities) in Northeast while Christianity has added another dimension to cultural loss and recovery. The historical is always the political in that different articulations have captured the complexity of life in Northeast. What is edifying in the face of the fragile and fluid political situation is the emerging literatures that seek and articulate the wholeness of life in the face of disintegration and fragmentation. The act of creativity in its self-knowledge and dynamics seeks to affiliate and connect the individual to the society holding together the home and the world.
The emerging literatures from Northeast, particularly from communities which were mostly oral cultures till recently and have undergone historical and political trauma, have registered their unique voices that needs to be heard and understood in the context of India’s pluri- cultural mosaic. These emerging voices bring in a freshness to the literary repertoire of the country not because these literatures are historically young but because the way they depict the experience of their communities, the unique linguistic registers they use and the vision they project for the future in an endeavour to preserve their cultural and ethnic identities. For all these reasons and many more these literatures mark a difference that is not borne out of a blind nostalgia for a lost world but resonate through the voices of the individual authors from societies fraught with many a personal tragedy, trauma and cultural ambivalence in developing a literary consciousness that needs to be recognized and interrogated.
As literature occupies a third space beyond politics and history, it needs to be discussed and interrogated for having a clear understanding of the aspirations of the people of Northeast India. The proposed seminar therefore would broadly focus on (a) Northeast as cultural geography and its diversities; (b) the problematics of ethnicity and identity placing them in the terrains of politics of culture and identity; (c) the emerging literatures which have come to existence after the textualisation of tribal societies mostly in the wake of Christianity while mapping the transition from oral to the written and (d) finally, the interpretation of emerging literatures from NE for an understanding of their cultural nuances. (e)other writings / literatures emerging across India over caste-tribe paradigm to provide a wider spectrum to the seminar’s main theme.
1. Colonialism, Ethnography and Societies in NE India
2. Christianity and Textualisation of cultures
3. The transition: From Oral to Written
4. The Emerging Voices:
(a) Northeast poetry
(b) Short Story from NE
(c) Fiction and NE societies
5. Interpreting Emerging Literatures:
(b) Cultural loss and recovery
(d) Linguistic Register and literary articulation
(e) Sameness and Difference
(f) Institutional legitimacy and politics of linguistic identity
(g) Politics of culture, Identity and globalization
(h) Ethnic politics and regionalism
6. Translation: Translating cultures
7. Emerging writings / literatures across India over caste-tribe paradigm
As the Seminar is interdisciplinary, scholars across disciplines are invited to make their presentation at the seminar. Each participant will get 20 minutes presentation time and 5 minutes will be devoted to discussion. Each session will start with a plenary lecture (if possible) that will give direction to the discussions.
Place: I & PR Conference Hall, Treasury Square, Aizawl, Mizoram.
Time : 10 & 11 March 2009
Last date for submission of seminar abstract: 10thth February 2009
Last date for submission of complete papers: 2nd March 2009
Weather will be pleasant but light sweaters / jackets will be required
How to reach Aizawl: Air link from Kolkata, Imphal and Gauhati by Indian Airlines / Air Deccan ; Road link from Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Tripura and Manipur via Silchar by Bus and Sumo.
Address of Contact Persons :
Prof.Margaret Ch Zama
Head, Department of English
Mizoram University, Aizawl
Pin -796 009
Phone Nos. (0389) 2330631 / 233705 (Fax)
Mobile Nos. 9436142413
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Margaret L. Pachuau
Department of English
Mizoram University, Aizawl
Pin -796 009
Mobile Nos. 9436141232
Email : email@example.com
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Here is the list of papers presented at the International seminar on ‘Exploring the History, Culture and Identity of the Chin Groups’
13-16 October 2008
Department of History and Ethnography,
Mizoram University, Aizawl
The Chin National Council And The Chin Forum
The Euro Burma Office, Brussels.
Source: Dr. Laiu Fachhai; International Seminar on CHIN GROUPS successful: Report, www.maraland.net (http://www.maraland.net/content/view/716/9/)
1. Ethnicity Theory, Linguistics, and Chin Identity – Prof FK Lehman, Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics, Cognitive Science, University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign, USA.
2. Contested Nomenclatures: The Kuki-Chin-Mizo Perspective – Dr TT Haokip, Rader, Department of Political Science, Manipur University, Imphal, India.
3. Imperative Clauses in Lai and Mizo – Prof George Bedell, Professor of Linguistics, Payap University, Thailand.
4. Origin and Development of Mizo Language and Literature: Early Period – Prof Laltluangliana Khiangte, Department of Mizo, Mizoram University, Aizawl, India.
5. The Kuki-Chin-Mizo: Identity and the Vagaries of Ethnonym – Mr Helkhomang Touthan, Research Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Manipur University, Imphal, India.
6. The Origin of Chin – Dr Lian H Sakhong – Director of Research, Euro-Burma Office and Member, Chin Forum.
7. Historical and Cultural Background of the Chins – Dr Priyadarshini M Gangte, Lecturer, Damdei Christian College, Imphal, India.
8. The Koms of Manipur – Dr Nongthombam Jiten, Research Associate in the Centre for Myanmar Studies, Manipur University, Imphal, India, and Manilei Serto, Lecturer, RK Sanatombi Devi College of Education, Imphal, India.
9. The Early History of the Chins – Chawn Kio, Retd Teacher, Burma.
10. History, Culture, and Worldview: The Traditional Ecological Knowledge of the Chin-Lusei – H Vanlalhruaia, Research Scholar, Department of History, Hyderabad, India.
11. Rethinking Sacred Geography of the Chins in the Historical Context – Malsawmdawnglian Lailung, Research Scholar, Department of History, University of Hyderabad, India.
12. The Chins in Manipur – D Michael Lunminthang Haokip, Research Scholar, Department of Political Science, Manipur University, Imphal, India.
13. Emergence of Sukte Paramontcy in Northern Chin Hills: Origin and Development – Dr Pum Khan Pau, Lecturer, Department of History, Dharmanagar College, Tripura, India.
14. Emergence of Chin Hills Regulations 1896: Its Scope and Importance in History – Lian Uk, Member, Chin Forum.
15. Institution of Slavery in the Chin Hills: A Study – Dr AK Thakur, Reader, Department of History, NEHU, Shillong, India.
16. Chin-Lushai Conference – Dr C Lalthlengliana, Lecturer, Department of History, Aizawl West College, Aizawl, India.
17. The Sacrificial Post of the Chins in Burma and the Lusei: A Comparative Study – Mr Malsawmliana, Lecturer, Department of History, Govt, R Romana College, Aizawl, India.
18. ‘Chin’ – The Mother Lode of Zo Traditional Society – Dr V Ruata Rengsi, Reader, Department of History, NEHU, Shillong, India.
19. Development of Hill Region through Integrated Farming Village Project – Dr Salai Tun Than, California, USA.
20. Hypertext in Chin-Kuki History – Dr MN Rajest, Lecturer, Department of History, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India.
21. The Origin of the Maras and their Migration with Reference to their Chin Hills Settlement – Dr K Zohra, Lecturer, Department of History, Saiha College, Siaha, India.
22. Becoming a Foreigner in One’s Own Land: The Mara People’s Experience of the Division of their Land – Dr Laiu Fachhai, Visiting Professor, John Roberts Theological Seminary, Shillong, India.
23. Chhinlung: Myth and History in the Creation of Identity – Dr Joy Pachuau, Assistant Professor, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India.
24. Globalization: The Mizoram Experience – Prof Margaret Ch. Zama, Department of English, Mizoram University, Aizawl, India.
25. Fragmented Identity in the Era of Globalization: A Case Study of the Kuki-Mizo-Chin Tribes – Lianboi Vaiphei, Lecturer, Indraprastha College, New Delhi, India.
26. Post-Colonial History of the Chins – Chungkhosei Baite, Research Scholar, Department of Political Science, Manipur University, Imphal, India.
27. Traditional Cuisines of North East India: Fermented Food with Innovative Nutraceuticals – Taurine: Assurance to Sound Health – Prof RC Gupta, Nagaland University, Medziphema, India.
28. Mizo Food and Globalization – Dr Cherrie L Chhangte, Lecturer, Department of English, Mizoram University, Aizawl, India.
29. Traditional Chin Music – Salai Tawna, Switzerland.
30. Acculturation and Aspects of Identity in the Prediction of General Wellbeing – Dr C Lalfamkima Varte, Reader, Department of Psychology, Mizoram University, Aizawl, India.
31. Peace in Mizoram: A Study of the Role of Students in the Peace Process – Dr JV Hluna, Reader, Department of History, Pachhunga University College, Aizawl, India.
32. A Century of Struggle for Zo Reunification: Prospects and Problems – Dr Sangkima, Principal, Govt. Aizawl College, Aizawl, India.
33. Prof Vanlalchhuanawma, Vice Principal, Aizawl Theological College, Aizawl, India.
INDIAN NATIONAL CONFEDERATION AND ACADEMY OF ANTHROPOLOGISTS(INCAA)
THE DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY
UNIVERSITY OF HYDERABAD,
HYDERABAD, ANDHRA PRADESH , INDIA
On the Theme of
ANTHROPOLOGY IN INDIA: CURRENT EPISTEMOLOGY AND FUTURE CHALLENGES
DATE:21-23 Feb 2009
Inequality, Exclusion &Politics
Anthropology & Diversity Conservation
Nutrition growth, development, constitution
Ecological Anthropology, Developmental Projects and Development issue
Life style & Body Concerns
Gender Studies: Focus on women empowerment
Social Institution: Focus on family, marriage and kinship
Dynamics of Rural Development
Culture, society and health
Community Participation in Agricultural Development
Performing Arts and material culture
Social Exclusion and development dilemmas
Man and nature interactions
Indigenous knowledge, Natural Resource management and issues of sustainability
Health seeking and help seeking
Social and cultural change
Health practices in Tribal India
Dynamics of development: Focus on North-East
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
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3. Nl. Zamtei pawh Lunglei lamah field work neiin a thang mek ni in thu kanlo dawng.
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5. Napolean (Nepo-a) Diploma in Communication rawn ti pawh lam ang a rawn let leh e, Tlingan a lo mikhual.
6. Mizoram University atangin Research Scholar 7 laiin kan University an rawn tlawh dawn.
7. Boss Sawmte-a pawh February 27-28 hian Arunachal University-ah seminar a pe dawn, duhsakna kan hlan e.