Thrust Areas

Historical processes and systems of politics, society, culture, ecology and development are important areas of research to understand North East India, its neighbouring areas and their wider global connections. Whether in the case of state formation, histories of societies and cultures, including that of identities, or on issues of development and ecology, different researches have underlined this significant point. Further, the characteristics of trans-spatiality and its impact on the different practices of tradition, knowledge, and institutions in the making of the region and its historical geography have been noted.

The interaction of societies with processes of modern state formation during the colonial and the post-Independence period has been an instrumental factor in shaping the complex dynamics of the region. Popular culture, textual practices, cartography and routes, gender and politics of identity, governance, issues of migration and environment, economy and development, and the history of cultural exchanges show how both trans-spatiality and territorialisation have produced the area now called North East India. While this peculiarity of the region engaged imperial projects, it continues to pose challenges to post-Independence planners, experts and policy makers. This also includes the problem of framing "development" paradigms for the region, including how the role of international capital and geo-politics continue to contribute in orienting the region's “developmental” agendas.

While, the historical and contemporary developments allows one to explore the issues and challenges of framing the "region" as a single entity, it also enables researchers to explore how the various socio-cultural, political and economic histories of North East India are distinct from trends in other parts of Asia.

In view of the above, North East India Studies Programme as an inter-disciplinary Programme broadly focuses on the following thrust areas: Language, Culture and Society; History, Society and Politics; Economy and Development; Geo-politics and Geo-economics; Science, Technology and Environment; Gender Studies; Migration, Livelihood, Security and Public Policy; and Comparative and Trans-national Studies.