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

A shared locale: Towards university-community cooperation in Amarapura, Myanmar

  The research area is Taungthaman village tract, Mandalay City where the Yadanabon University is located. There are four villages, namely Taungthaman, Htantaw, Simihtun and Obo in this village tract.  Before 2000, the dwellers of these four villages were living off the land through farming, fishing, toddy climbing, weaving etc. In 2000, Yadanabon University was … Continue reading A shared locale: Towards university-community cooperation in Amarapura, Myanmar

The Cultural Production of Dissent in Myanmar

Together with cartoonists, writers, song writers, exiles, and protesters in Myanmar, we will examine various forms of cultural production of dissent.  Some of the planned activities include: To foster dialogue and exchange of ideas between artists and writers so as to challenge the notion of dissent—some of the thematic discussions include why it is cultural … Continue reading The Cultural Production of Dissent in Myanmar

Food Justice: A Social Kitchen Class

A research and community engagement art practice, my course, Social Kitchen: Ceramics, Food and Community, involving students, local practitioners and activists, aims to elevate awareness about food insecurity issues. I formulated a multi-disciplinary workshop-based structure in which students and community members, on one hand, can learn together and discuss poverty, agro-industrial food systems and food … Continue reading Food Justice: A Social Kitchen Class

Languages on the Edge: From Private Archive to Shared Library

Africa is home to one third of the world’s living languages; that is around two thousand. In most countries, several languages cohabit on the national territory, and managing this multilingualism will remain a major challenge for the postcolonial state. To be sure, right after independence, many countries initiated school reforms, which put in question the … Continue reading Languages on the Edge: From Private Archive to Shared Library

Mobilities of Grassroot Pan-Africanism

A defining feature of post-colonial West Africa is increasing cross-border migration, making the region a quintessential “social laboratory” through which to interrogate and heighten our comprehension of memory, migrations and pan-Africanist ideals. The Ghana project relates to memory, migration, communities, and new ways of Pan-Africanism in connection with the historical, comparative and contemporary issues such … Continue reading Mobilities of Grassroot Pan-Africanism

Identity and Mobility Along a Trans-Himalayan Trade Route

The Heritage tourism-forest conservation-livelihood initiative of the women's collective called Maati Sanghatan in the Himalayas, is centred at the nearby village of Sarmoli in Uttarakhand state.  Their nature-based and community-owned tourism initiative offers opportunities to visitors to participate, learn and contribute to community efforts to preserve and present collective practices and memories of place as … Continue reading Identity and Mobility Along a Trans-Himalayan Trade Route