National Seminar on oral history and traditions in NE

Correspondent Diphu February 26: | Publish Date: 2/27/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

 Seminar Convener and head of the department, History Assam University, Diphu campus, Dr. Vulli Dhanaraju has announced that the Department of History, Assam University,  Diphu Campus is organizing a two-day national seminar on ‘Problems and prospects of oral history and traditions in Northeast India’  from February 27 at Growth Centre Auditorium at Diphu in collaboration with Indian Council of Historical Research ,New Delhi and Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

 This seminar will be inaugurated by Pro-Vice Chancellor, Assam University, Diphu Campus, Prof. Sivasish Biswas. Dilip Singh, Joint Director, IGRMS, Bhopal, will deliver voluntary speech highlighting contribution of IGRMS in the field of Museum and research while   Department of Folklore Research,  Gauhati University, Prof.Anil Kumar Boro,  will  deliver the keynote address.

Speaking on the importance of the colloquium,  Dr Vulli stated that in many societies, history has replaced oral traditions. Similarly, most of the ethnic community in the Northeast India dispossessed any written records and documents.  Due to this,  living oral traditions has become  avital source of information for studying cultural history of ethnic communities. Recently, scholars from northeast India have also mull over the view that oral history can enhance scholars in reconstruction of the history of the ethnic communities by learning various living oral traditions.

 Dr. Vulli Dhanaraju stated that the seminar will look into the problems and prospects of oral history and its relevance for the construction of history of northeast in today’s context. Secondly, it will critically discuss how the concepts of oral traditions have appropriately been used in different historical contexts and how it has changed the course of history of Northeast India. He also stated that this seminar will study oral history as discourse to explore the diverse ways in which the past shapes the present perceptions and focus on a wide range of questions relating to history, migration and identity formations.  He believes the effort is not only to explore the historical past but also the role of plural narratives of the ethnic communities that shapes their history, migration and contesting itself in diverse forms of ideas by taking up oral history as discourse.



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