Gender Studies Programme/School of Human Studies AUD
Invites you to a talk Discipline-ing the North East
by Dr. Soibam Haripriya, Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Conflict & Development Studies, Ghent University
Abstract:: I examine the setting up of centres of north east studies in the context of the state’s current rescinding of scholarships and funds towards higher education. The north east centres/programmes has become spaces where it is possible to pursue social justice and knowledge production, however the question of methodology seems obfuscated in the ruse of interdisciplinarity. The paper locates the northeast study centres through the lens of text-field divide in social sciences and examines its implication for such centres. In the context of sociological stratification, India and north east seem to be set apart as caste/tribe continuum; whereas such centers place the North east itself as a category. Through a reading of texts, I examine the epistemology of NE as a category. Works on conflict and violence seem to be the ontological manifestation of this category. I critically examine this through my current work on the moral anthropology of violent deaths. In this, the question of methodology is raised. I look at storytelling as an important methodological intervention. My work is premised on telling stories from violent sites using fiction and poetry as that which reveals the unsayable. The non-fictitious aspects of the unsayable world find itself in many sources –newspaper and police reports. I also bring in the everyday repertoire of jokes. I suggest these texts as an anchor for ethnography. I attempt to underline the asymmetric presence of north east as a category of knowledge through this engagement.
Bio: Dr. Soibam Haripriya, Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Conflict & Development Studies, at Ghent University, Belgium. She was a Fellow at Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS), Shimla. She has taught at the Centre for Sociology and Social Anthropology, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Guwahati campus and Gender Studies Programme, Ambedkar University Delhi.