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Virtual Symposium: Understanding Indigeneity in South Asia (April 28-30, 2021)

Virtual Symposium

Understanding Indigeneity in South Asia

April 28-30, 2021

Center for South Asian Studies

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

This year we want to explore Indigeneity, both as a concept and as a lived experience, its complex terms, discourses, and implications, resilience, knowledge, arts, and languages, its relationships to changing environments and global movements. Every year, our aim is to bring to the forefront and build a community of young artists, activists, and thinkers, who are doing innovative work springing from their own stories and experiments, from their quests, hopes, and convictions for a better future for all.

As we plan and hold this event, we see the COVID crisis intensifying once again in South Asia. We will address this situation to the best of our ability in each panel and session.

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Symposium Schedule

Wednesday, April 28

6:00 pm HST Featured Event: Seasons of Life

Film and Q&A by Dolly Kikon

7.00pm- 8.30pm HST

Introductory Remarks by Peter Arnade, Dean, College of Arts, Languages, and Letters.

The Question of Indigeneity in the Making of Bodoland, Assam

Dona Biswas, Dr. B.R.Ambedkar University

Being ‘tribe’, being ‘indigenous’: the politics of identifying among the Mizos of

northeast India

Roluah Puia, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Uttarakhand, India

Indigenizing the Cultural Plurality of the Sümi Naga

Ngutoli Y Swu, Tezpur University, Assam, India

Thursday, April 29

7:45am Intro Remarks

8:00am HST Featured Event: Centering Our Indigenous Experience

Talk by Pasang Yangjee Sherpa

9.00am-11.00am HST

Indigenous Understandings of Environmental Sustainability and Policies

Ranjan Datta, Mount Royal University, Canada

Amritlal Thakkar - An “Intervention” to the “Tribal Question”

Maharshi Vyas, University of California, Santa Barbara

The Oraons of Chhotangpur: A Journey Through S.C. Roy's Anthropology

Sangeeta Dasgupta, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

The Naga memorial monument and the aesthetics of Indigenous modernity in contemporary India

Akshaya Tankha, Yale University

4:00pm HST Featured Event: Art, Performance, and Social Justice

Dipankar Mukherjee and Meena Natarajan

Pangea World Theater, Minneapolis

5.00pm- 7.00pm HST

Performing Indigeneity, Gender, and Violence: The Nat Pwe in Myanmar and the Lai Haraoba in Manipur

Sumitra Thoidingjam, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, India

Nature, Narrative and Poetry: A Conversation with Ao-Naga Ecological Ethics

Karilemla Longchar, Savitribai Phule Pune University (Previously at IIT-B,

Emory University, and University of Porto. Book: Ao-Naga Worldview: A

Dialogue (2015)

Moran-Mataks of Assam: A Historical Study in Transition from Tribalism to Neo-Vaishnavism

Rashmi Saikia, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Socio-cultural implications of religious conversion among indigenous nationalities in the rural mid-hills of Nepal

Luni Piya, Hiroshima University, Japan

7:30 pm HST Featured Event: Singing A Great Dream: The Revolutionary Life and Songs of

Khusiram Pakhrin

A film and Q&A by Bhakta Syangtan and Anna Stirr

Friday, April 30

7:00am-9:00 am HST Introductory remarks by Tarcisius Kabutaulaka, Chair, Pacific Island Studies.

Indigeneity in the Pacific Island Context.

Exploring indigenous ‘pasts’: Belonging and Loss among Adivasis of eastern India

Sanjukta Das Gupta, Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy

Seeking autonomy from the state: Dispossession and resistance among Adivasis of India

and Bangladesh

Dalel Benbabaali, University of Oxford, UK

From Colony to Country: Tribes and India’s Constitutional History

Nishant J. Gokhale, University of Cambridge, UK

Mulnivaasi Muslims in postcolonial India- an analysis of claims

Salwa Yahya, Freie Universitaet, Berlin

9:15am HST Featured Event: “I'm Iñupiaq+Pakistani. My heritage is in the Arctic region of

Alaska+South Asia”

Talk Story with Erica Purruq Khan

Cultural Specialist for Alaska Humanities Forum and former Hindi student at UH Manoa

4:00pm-5.30pm HST

Adivasi settlement towards a transformed social environment: A case study from

Contemporary Kerala

Nithya K, TISS Mumbai, India (previous work on challenges and negotiations of elected Dalit women representatives)

Rationalities and Implications of Categorisations of Adivasis: A Study on Particularly

Vulnerable Tribal Groups in Kerala

Kunhikrishnan Velutholy, Kerala State Planning Board, Government of Kerala,

Central University of Kerala, India

Caste and Indigeneity: Adivasis negotiating Caste in Central India

Pankhuree Dube, Middle Tennessee State University

6.00pm HST Featured Event: Songs of the Lambada Bhat of Telangana

Facilitated by Raju Nayak - The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad.

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