Debates, discussions and writings (scholarly or otherwise) on North-east India has always 'seen’ it as a frontier land, a fractious place inhabited by numerous ethnic groups, once primitive and happy, now politically restive.What is ignored or glossed over in such discussions are the daily lives of “ordinary, everyday people”. Through an interdisciplinary dialogue on the practice everyday life in North-east India we hope to invoke those practices and lives that have traditionally been marginalized or glossed over as inessential. A study of everyday life and material culture in all its aspects – visual, verbal, aural, olfactory – may help us probe and challenge identity politics as it is currently understood or constructed. This Seminar endeavours towards a pluralistic understanding of the idea of North-east India. We would be looking for papers that engage with, critique, reflect, challenge and react to texts and contexts of everyday life in colonial and post-colonial North-east India.
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