North East India Studies Programme (NEISP) organises regular conferences/seminars/workshops on the region and its neighbouring areas. Through its activities, NEISP interacts and engages with a range of scholars, institutions and civil society organisations.


International Conference

1. International conference on "State and Society in North East India" held on 26-28 February, 2014.


National Conference/Workshop

  1. National Workshop on "Fixity and Fluidity: History, Politics and Culture in North East India", held on 18-20 March, 2013.
  2. National Conference, organised in collaboration with Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study (JNIAS), on "Framing a Region: New Perspectives on North East India", held on 25-27 March, 2015.
  3. National Conference on "Rethinking Development: Challenges in North East India", jointly organised by NEISP, JNU, New Delhi and Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati, Assam, held on 30-31 July, 2015.
  4. National Conference on 'Understanding North East India: "Exception" and Beyond', held on 16-18 November, 2015.
  5. National Conference on "Society and Social Change in North East India," held on 10 March, 2017.


NEISP Monthly Seminar Series (2011-17)

  1. "Re-Imagining Geo-Political Identity of India's North East", lecture delivered by K. Yhome, Associate Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, held on 15 April, 2011.

  2. "Determinants and Prospects of Entrepreneurship in the East Khasi Hills District, Meghalaya", lecture delivered by Sairabell Kurbah, Lecturer, Dept of Management Studies, Martin Luther Christian University, Shillong, Meghalaya, held on 5 July, 2011.

  3. "Garo Conversions", lecture delivered by Erik De Maaker, Institute for Cultural Anthropology and Development, Sociology, Leiden University, The Netherlands, held on 30 August, 2011.

  4. 'Fasting Against 9/11: Why Do I hear Liu Xiaobo saying, "Annaji, Sharmila is not merely fasting, she is living in a "camp"!?', lecture delivered by A. Bimol Akoijam, Associate Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, JNU, held on 9 September, 2011.

  5. "Foliated Identity: The Case of the Nagas", lecture delivered by Kumar Sanjay Singh, Associate Professor, Department of History, Shraddhanand College, DU, held on 16 September, 2011.

  6. "The Quest for Solution in Burma: Ethnic nationalities Perspective", lecture delivered by Achan Mungleng, South Asia Coordinator Euro-Burma Office, held on 23 September, 2011.

  7. "Christianity and the Mizos: Issues of Identity and Practice", lecture delivered by Joy Pachuau, Associate Professor, Centre for Historical Studies, JNU, held on 28 September, 2011.

  8. "Innovations in Distance Education", lecture delivered by Zuchamo Yanthan, Assistant Professor, School of Social Science, IGNOU, held on 21 October, 2011.

  9. "Social Inequality in India's North East: Some reflections", lecture delivered by Jhimlee Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor, Assam University, held on 8 November, 2011.

  10. "Migrations in Northeast India and Its Implications for the Strategic Security of India", lecture delivered by Lianboi Vaiphei, Asst. Prof. Dept. of Political Science, Indraprastha College, DU, held on January 27 Friday, 2012

  11. "Kaladan: A River of Forgotten Voices and Forsaken Rights?", Salai Isaac Khen, Nang Mo Kham, Aung Zaw Win, (Health Professionals and Activists from Myanmar), held on 3 February, 2012

  12. "Writings from the Northeast: Poetics of a Protest Literature", lecture delivered by K. B. Veio Pou, Asst. Prof. Dept. of English, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, DU, held on 9 March, 2012

  13. "Collecting and Displaying: The Naga from 19th to 21st Century", lecture delivered by Vibha Joshi, Visiting Fellow NEISP, JNU and Research Fellow, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford, held on 23 March, 2012.

  14. "Divide Assam Fifty-Fifty' From Movements to Accords and Beyond: The Critical Role of Students Organizations in Formation and performance of Identity in Assam", lecture delivered by Kaustubh Deka, Doctoral Candidate Centre for Political Studies, JNU, held on 30 March, 2012.

  15. "Revisiting Agrarian History of North East India: Focusing on the Brahmaputra Valley," lecture delivered by Manjeet Baruah, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, held on 27April, 2012.

  16. "Civil Society and Ethnic Perception," lecture delivered by N. William Singh, Dept of Sociology, Mizoram University, held on 31August, 2012.

  17. "Development Challenges of Northeast India," lecture delivered by Amar Yumnam, Department of Economics, Manipur University, held on 28 September, 2012.

  18. "Colonial Cartography and Ethnification: Emergence of Ethnonationalism in Northeast India," lecture delivered by Lam Khan Piang, CSSS, JNU, held on 30 October, 2012.

  19. "Ad dhocism and Conflict: Crisis Representation of India's Northeast," lecture delivered by Dr. Athiko Kaisii, Centre for Culture, Media and Governance Jamia Millia Islamia (Nov. 30, Friday, 2012)

  20. "Growth of Regional Television: A case study of Assam," lecture delivered by Shashwati Goswami, Department of Broadcast Journalism, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, held on 31 January, Thursday, 2013.

  21. "American Baptist Missionaries and the Making of 'Home' in the Naga Hills," lecture delivered by Ketholenuo Mephii-o, Doctoral Candidate, CHS, JNU, held on 8 February, 2013.

  22. "Sabha's echo 'Identity' from the valley: The political assertion of cultural organizations of Assam," lecture delivered by Dr. Ivy Dhar, School of Development Studies, Ambedkar University, New Delhi, held on 22 February, 2013.

  23. "Subdued Eloquence: Exploring the Philosophy of Meitei Performing Arts" by Usham Rojio, Ph.D candidate, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, held on 12 April, 2013.

  24. "Accords as Instances of Domination: A Case Study of Naga Accords" lecture delivered by Kr Sanjay Singh, Associate Professor, Deptt. of History, Swami Shardhanand Collage, University of Delhi, held on 26 April, 2013.

  25. "Constitutional Incursions into Tribal Traditions: A case of the Khasis" by Professor Apurba Baruah, Visiting Professor, NEISP, JNU, held on 23 August, 2013.

  26. "Smaller Nationalities and the Demands for Separate States in Assam" by Professor Apurba Baruah, Visiting Professor, NEISP, JNU, held on 06 September, 2013.

  27. "Ethnic Identities and Middle Class Hegemony in North East India" by Professor Apurba Baruah, Visiting Professor, NEISP, JNU, held on 12 September, 2013.

  28. "Speech of the Nation and Conversations at the Margins of the Nation-State" by Papori Bora, Assistant Professor, Women Studies Programme, Jawaharlal Nehru University, held on 25 October, 2013.

  29. "Shifting Identities and their Ritualisation/Festivalisation in Trinitad & Tobago" by Satnarine Balkaransingh, in collaboration with IGNCA, New Delhi, held on 21 February, 2014.

  30. "Rendezvous with Rebels: Journey to Meet India's Most Wanted Men" (book discussion), Rajeev Bhattacharya, freelance researcher and journalist, Discussant Samir Kr. Das, held on 24 July, 2015.

  31. "Naga Peace Process: Past and Present" (panel discussion), Bimol Akoijam, Kekhrie Yhome, Rita Manchanda, Prof. Sanjoy Hazarika, Moderator: Samir Kr. Das, held on 13 August, 2015.

  32. "The State and the Adivasis: The Political Economy of Forest Rights" (report discussion), lecture delievered by Kaveri Gill, Chair: Jayati Ghosh, held on 29 September, 2015 (along with Diversity committee and CSDE).

  33. "Landscape of Fear: Understanding Impunity in India" (book discussion), Navsharan Singh, Samir Kr. Das, Warisha Farasat, Bhagat Oinam, Chair: Pratiksha Bakshi, held on 12 October, 2015.

  34. "Understanding Tribal or Indigenous Societies in India & their Present Trajectories of Change", lecture delivered by Felix Padel, Visiting Professor, NEISP, held on 21 October, 2015.

  35. "Beyond Equality: Class and Culture among the Urban Naga Youth from Nagaland", lecture delivered by Andreas Kuchle, PhD Scholar, Institute of Social Sciences/ Institute for Asian and African Studies at Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany, held on 7 March, 2016.

  36. "Securitisation of Civil Resistance: Thailand's Military Junta and India's nascent authoritarianism", lecture delivered by Janjira Sombatpoonsiri, Thammasat University, Thailand and Fellow, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies, JNU, held on 1 April, 2016.

  37. "One Last Question" (Movie Screening), Director: Prathamesh KriSang, held on 21 April, 2016.

  38. "Bamboo Folklore", lecture delivered by S. Simon John, Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh, Arunachal Pradesh, held on 18 July, 2016

  39. "Violence and Displacement in the Forest Areas of Bodoland, Assam: 1993-2012", lecture delivered by Makiko Kimura, Tsuda College, Japan, held on 9 September, 2016.

  40. "The Cauldron of Conflict Politics of Peace, Governance and Development in India's North East", lecture delivered by Bhupen Sarmah, Dept. of OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati, held on 29 September, 2016.

  41. "Geological Surprises and the Politics of Risk in the Himalayan Borderlands", lecture delivered by Mabel Denzin Gergan, held on 14 October, 2016.

  42. "Immigration in Assam during 1951-2011", lecture delivered by Nandita Saikia, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, held on 10 November, 2016.

  43. "Politics of Distinction and Political Economy of Indigenous Cultural Rights in North East India", lecture delivered by Prasenjit Biswas, NEHU, Shillong, held on 27 January, 2017.
  44. "Role of Civil Society and Philanthrophy in India's northeast", lecture delivered by Monika Banerjee, National India Foundation, New Delhi, held on 28 April, 2017.


Jayashree Roy Memorial Lecture

  1. First Jayashree Roy Memorial Lecture was delivered on March 1, 2013, JNU, New Delhi. The Lecture was delivered by Prof. David R. Syiemlieh, former Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh, Arunachal Pradesh.

  2. The Second Jayashree Roy Memorial Lecture was delivered on November 8, 2013. The Lecture will be delivered by P.D. Rai, Hon'ble Member of Parliament. Lok Sabha.

  3. The Third Jayashree Roy Memorial Lecture was delivered on November 14, 2014. The Lecture was delivered by Prof. Felix Padel, independent anthropologist.

  4. The Fourth Jayashree Roy Memorial Lecture was delivered on November 20, 2015. The Lecture was delivered by Prof. Gunnel Cederlöf, Uppsala University, Sweden.

  5. The Fifth Jayashree Roy Memorial Lecture was delivered on November 20, 2016. The Lecture was delivered by Tanka B. Subba, Vice Chancellor, Sikkim University, Gangtok.


'Country Technical Note on Indigenous Peoples in India with special focus on the Northeastern region', prepared by Prof. Tiplut Nongbri with inputs from A. S. Shimreiwung and Janaki Turaga, AIPP – NEISP, 2011.

'Other in a City: A Study on the Problems of Northeasterners in Delhi', 2012.