Negotiating Ethnicity

Politics and Display of Cultural Identities in Northeast India

Collective identities and ethnicity are subject to changes in many parts of the world today as several scholars have highlighted. Through this conference, we wish to examine those changes, particularly the new forms and meaning given to ethnic identities, belonging, etc. in various parts of Northeast India, as well as look at practices related to ethnicity and cultural identities. “Northeast India” is the political unit defined by the Indian Government as the ‘North Eastern Council,’ which now includes Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.

The conference ist organized by Shahnaz Kimi Leblhuber (Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna), Dr. Mélanie Vandenhelsken (Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences), Bianca Son (Dept. of History, SOAS, U. of London), and Dr. Jürgen Schöpf (Phonogrammarchiv, Austrian Academy of Sciences).