Cultural studies

International Seminar on Ethnic Cultural Studies

[ Karyir Riba ]

ROING, March 28: A two-day international seminar on “Ethnic Cultural Studies in the 21st Century: Prospects and Challenges with Special Reference to Arunachal Pradesh”, jointly organized by the Research Institute for Ancient Traditions, Cultures and Heritages of the World (RIWATCH ) and government model diploma Jomin Tayeng College here in Lower Dibang Valley district, completed on Sunday.

Delegates from India and countries such as the United States, United Kingdom and Germany presented their papers at the seminar.

While Professor Yashwant Pathak from the University of South Florida gave a lecture on “Learning and Interacting with Ancient Global Traditions and Cultures”, Dr Mark W Post from the University of Sydney spoke on the theme “Sustaining tribal languages ​​in northeast India: problems and perspectives”, Professor Uta Reinöhl from the University of Freiburg spoke about “the Idu Mishmi (Kera’a) language and its relationship with neighboring tribes”, the Dr Sahil Nijhawan of University College London spoke on the topic “Between Friends and Foes: Reflections on the Ethics of Outside Researchers as Allies of the ‘Indigenous People’ of Arunachal Pradesh, and Professor Simon John of RGU delivered a lecture on “Cultural Resource Management”.

Sixty papers were presented, and participants included delegates from IIT Gandhinagar, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), Tezpur University (Assam), NEHU (Shillong), Guwahati University, from Dibrugarh University, Rajiv Gandhi University (Doimukh), Himalayan University (Itanagar), Jawaharlal Nehru College (Pasighat), Arunachal University of Studies (Namsai) and College government Indira Gandhi (Tezu).

The themes of the seminar were “Ethics and Tribal Culture”, “Environment and Tribal Society”, “Politics, Political Institutions and Tribal Land”, “Tribal Economy and Subsistence”, “Role of Gender and Cultural Space in the Tribal World”, and “Tribal language and oral histories”.

RIWATCH Director, Vijay Swami, and Senior Coordinator, Dr. Razzeko Dele also spoke at the seminar, which was opened by Padmashree Laureate, Satyanarayan Mundayoor.