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St John College conducts Online Lecture Series

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Dimapur, October 30: The History Department of St. John College, Dimapur, Nagaland coordinated a free Online Lecture Series from September 8 to October 27 on the platform Google Meet. The Lecture Series was on “Highlanders of North East India” organized for the Students, Scholars, Academicians and anyone interested. The session commenced with a welcome address from the Principal of the College Prof. S.T Janetius.

Mukutar R. Saikia, Head of the Department of History & Co-ordinator of the event delivered the aims & objectives of Lecture Series.
The inaugural lecture was brought by Prof. Bhagat Oinam of JNU who delivered an enlightening discourse on ”Myth and Reality in the Folk Narratives of North-East India’. He deliberated on the significance of understanding the true purpose of myths which comprises the bulk of our folk narratives.
He emphasized how, in the absence of scientific reasoning, myths were the languages of the most primitive, their immediate and intimate way to link with the world.
The second lecture was held on September 18 on the topic “Recent Trends in the Ethnographic History of Northeast India”. The lecture was graced by an eminent historian Dr. David Vumlallian Zou, who is currently teaching in the department of History at Delhi University.
The third Lecture in the Series was brought by the guest speaker Dr. Jigme Wangchuk Bhutia from Sikkim State University who provided valuable insights on the topic “Highland Trade Dynamics of the Sikkim Himalaya (1642- 1904): Economic and Societal Perspective” held on October 2.
The Fourth Lecture was held on October 19 on the topic “The Khasi-Jaintias: A Panoramic view”. The lecture was graced by a notable historian Prof. Amena N Passah, professor in the Dept of History, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong.
The closing Lecture of the webinar lecture series was held on October 27, 2021, with Prof. Rimi Tadu, Former Professor at Jamia, New Delhi as the guest speaker. She provided valuable insights on the topic ‘Ethnographic Conversation in Oral History: Retrieving History in North- East India’. She emphasized on the challenges and needs of oral history in North-east India. The lecture series was followed by an open discussion where the participants were given the opportunity to raise their queries to the speaker. The event was led by Abherupa Bhattacharjee and Nungshilemla Kichu, Assistant Professor of the Department of History, St. John college Dimapur.
(Page News Service)