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Call for Papers: Conference on ‘Northeast India: Human Mobility, Resource Flows and Spatial Linkages’ @ Tezpur University, Assam [Jan 9-12, 2018]: Submit by June 1: Expired

In popular imagination, India’s Northeast continues to be regarded as peripheral and remote. Marked by a political culture of violence, the region appears to be characterized by economic stagnation and social conservatism. Recent social scientific research increasingly proves such assumptions wrong.

This conference focuses in particular on ‘flows’ of people, goods and ideas, and how these combine, strengthen or obstruct one another. Northeast India is increasingly emerging as a ‘resource frontier’, that is, a provider of resources newly ‘disengaged’ from its local ownership and made available to global markets.

The conference will focus mainly on the following tentative sub-themes:

  • Mapping mobility and migrations in and out of Northeast India
  • Transnational interconnections of people, ideas and goods
  • Environmental, economic and developmental grounding of mobility and flows
  • The politics of extraction of natural resources
  • Mobility, settlement and the creation of new resources (roads for example)
  • Politics of mobility and regulation of transnational flows
  • The historical construction of the area and of Northeast India as an area study
  • Ideologies and the fabric of modernity (media, fashion, music)

Call for Papers:

Submit a paper by sending us an abstract (of about 500 words) on a topic relevant to the theme of the conference, by 1 June 2017, indicating which panel you would like to join, if already known.

Presenters of papers accepted for presentation will be informed by 1 August 2017. Each scholar will have at least 15 minutes for their presentation.


Conference registration fees will be Rs. 500 (PhD scholars without fellowship, unemployed) and Rs. 1500 (all others).

For more information, please write to the organisers at neconftezpur@gmail.com. Please put ‘paper submission’, ‘panel proposal’, ‘Ph.D. seminar application’ or ‘query’ in the subject heading, to help us sort your messages and to respond to them faster.

For more details, please see the brochure here.


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