Testing the HaB Methodology at Yangon University

At Yangon University, Tharaphi Than has been testing out the new methodology developed under the Humanities across Borders programme with the students. They explored items of cultural significance—from tea, betel quids, cheroot to thanakha—from various perspectives. Previously, the first-year students of the new South-East Asian Languages and Cultures programme at the National Chengchi University in Taiwan also … Continue reading Testing the HaB Methodology at Yangon University

The Cotton Spring: Revisiting the Guwahati Workshop

Rakhee Kalita Moral, the principal investigator in the project India's Northeast: Where Women Make Up Another Tribe, revisits the HaB workshop on Feminist Methodologies that took place in April this year for the IIAS newsletter.  The two-and-a-half-day workshop was “a liberating exercise”, as one women’s studies scholar and teacher remarked, filled with lively conversations with … Continue reading The Cotton Spring: Revisiting the Guwahati Workshop

Street Food Vendors’ Toolkit: Sustainable Solutions to Secure the Livelihoods of Street Food Vendors in Kolkata

Kolkata has a long history of a strong and diverse street food culture. However, despite the socio-economic importance of street food as a means of livelihood as well as an accessible and affordable source of nutrition, the business is constantly threatened by issues of hygiene, harassment from local authorities and failure to comply with regulations … Continue reading Street Food Vendors’ Toolkit: Sustainable Solutions to Secure the Livelihoods of Street Food Vendors in Kolkata

Blue Depths: The Revival of Traditional West African Indigo Dyeing Techniques by Artist Aboubakar Fofana

https://www.instagram.com/p/BdR2-6GFc_J/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Malian-born artist and designer Aboubakar Fofana has worked for decades to reinvigorate, preserve and reinterpret traditional West African textiles, materials, and natural dyeing techniques. A recent article by Keith Recker describes the process of fermented indigo dyeing Fofana has perfected at his farm in the district of Siby, Mali in conjunction with the local community, where … Continue reading Blue Depths: The Revival of Traditional West African Indigo Dyeing Techniques by Artist Aboubakar Fofana

Field Notes from the Forest: Agricultural Traditions in Huay Hin Lad Nai

Under the project Living with and in the Forest in Northern Thailand, 17 young members of the Karen community in Huay Hin Lad Nai village form the research team that aims to collect data on a number of key community issues, including the historical background of their community, the villagers’ local knowledge on forest classification and … Continue reading Field Notes from the Forest: Agricultural Traditions in Huay Hin Lad Nai

Call for Scholars: Encyclopaedia Africana

The EAP (ENCYCLOPAEDIA AFRICANA PROJECT) Secretariat in partnership with CIDO - African Union Commission are in the process of constituting a new EAP Scientific Committee for the next volume of the ENCYCLOPAEDIA AFRICANA. They are seeking academics, researchers or historians with an internationally recognized track record in African history or African studies to constitute the … Continue reading Call for Scholars: Encyclopaedia Africana

Oraya’s Diary from Her Stay at Huay Hin Lad Nai Village—Part Two

The team from Chiang Mai University led by Malee Sitthikriengkrai and Siya Uthai are investigating the livelihood practices of the Karen ethnic group in Huay Hin Lad Nai village of Chiang Rai province in Northern Thailand. One of their research assistants, Oraya, went to stay at the village and live with the community members to learn about their lives, … Continue reading Oraya’s Diary from Her Stay at Huay Hin Lad Nai Village—Part Two

Toshiaki Ishikura on the Kitchen as a Liminal Space between Interior and Exterior ‘Organscapes’

What makes the kitchen a space for the reconciliation of the contradiction or conflict between life and death, purity and impurity, or sacred and secular in many societies? It is supposed that the kitchen is not only a place used to prepare dishes that can be eaten, but also has a hidden function—to convert a … Continue reading Toshiaki Ishikura on the Kitchen as a Liminal Space between Interior and Exterior ‘Organscapes’

Call for Papers: Orientalia Parthenopea

The double-blind peer reviewed Orientalia Parthenopea [ISSN 1972-3598] Series published by Orientalia Parthenopea Edizioni, Naples (Italy) welcomes submissions on Japanese Studies. The articles should result from scientific researches in or related to Japanese Studies, that is, all aspects of Japanese culture across the humanities and social science disciplines (including, but not limited to, linguistics, literature, history, religion, arts, cultural studies, music, film, folklore, sociology, history … Continue reading Call for Papers: Orientalia Parthenopea