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NSA holds second research scholars’ colloquium

NSA holds second research scholars’ colloquium
NSA members at its second research scholars’ colloquium on July 27 in New Delhi.
DIMAPUR: | Publish Date: 7/30/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

 Naga Scholars’ Association (NSA), New Delhi held its second research scholars’ colloquium on July 27, in the School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi.

A press release by NSA president, Dr. Zuchamo Yanthan and general secretary, Dr. Lunthuiyang Riamei stated that the first speaker, Ngonamai Holang, PhD scholar from JNU spoke on the existing dynamics of power relations between dominant and rising powers. His paper was titled ‘China, India and United States: A Theoretical Critique’. Hollang stated that though the role of India, either with China or US, goes beyond the proverbial role of power balancing, it finds little or no mention except for the balance of power theory. 

The second speaker Makan Yaoreipam, another PhD scholar from JNU, spoke on the “performativity act of death and its inter-relatedness to the question of personhood” among the Tangkhul Nagas. His paper titled “Death and personhood: Exploration on Mortuary Rituals, Transformation and Ontology of Tangkhul Nagas,” focuses on the transformation brought about by the Christian missionaries in terms of rituals and cultural practices, particularly on death practices. It is an exploratory study on how transition from the pre-Christian to current practices, informed by a Christian belief system, causes transmutation in the idea of a Tangkhul personhood. 

Earlier, the program started with a welcome address and introduction of the resource persons by the president of NSA Dr. Zuchamo Yanthan. The colloquium was chaired by Dr. Pankaj Jha, a senior faculty at O. P. Jindal Global University and former director (Research) of Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA). 

The chairperson Dr. Pankaj Jha summarised the session. The rapporteur of the session was Solomon Zingkhai, JNU PhD scholar and a vote of thanks was given by Dr. Lunthuiyang  Riamei, general secretary, NSA.

 

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