Practice

An inter-community dialogue on rice as a site of knowledge and meaning

The two-day workshop in Kokrajhar (5-6 January 2019), organised by Ambedkar University Delhi in collaboration with IIAS and INTACH (Delhi), initiated a dialogue between (four) different communities on the tradition and experience of growing rice. This workshop was planned in the context of the IIAS initiative Humanities across Borders (HaB) that aims to share human experiences, with an objective to document and record the changing aspects of contemporary societies, and to use them as pedagogical tools.

 
Humanities across Borders Workshop
Kokrajhar, Assam, India
5-6 January 2019
The Newsletter 83, Summer 2019

Rice Cultures: 5-6 January 2019, Kokrajhar

A two-day workshop, Rice Cultures, was organized at the Science College, Kokrajhar (Assam, India) by Ambedkar University Delhi in collaboration with Humanities across Borders (IIAS, Leiden), and INTACH (Delhi) on 5-6 January 2019. The objective of the workshop was to generate and foster an intercommunity dialogue on rice cultures vis-à-vis four communities of India – Boro, Rabha, Rajbongshi and Santhal.

Living with and in the forest in northern Thailand Engaging Karen youth in participatory community research

 In line with the HaB’s overall objectives to develop new pedagogical frameworks at both local and global levels, the CESD’s project not only opens insights into context-specific learning related to rice cultivation as both knowledge and practice, but also contributes to critical reflections on rice, its meaning and related practices, that transcend institutional, national and regional borders, e.g., in other Asian or African contexts.

 Chayan Vaddhanaphuti & Malee Sitthikriengkrai

The Newsletter 82 Spring 2019

Indigo as Critical Pedagogy

In October 2018, a curricula development workshop was conducted at the Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA), Taiwan, as part of the IIAS ‘Humanities across Borders: Asia and Africa in the World’ (HaB) programme. The workshop focused on the practice of indigo dye production and its use as critical pedagogy in higher education. 

Min-Chin Kay Chiang

The Newsletter 82 Spring 2019

After the Harvest: The Koh Toh To Ceremony of the Karen in Huay Hin Lad Nai, Thailand

This report from the fields of Huay Hin Lad Nai comes from the research team at the Centre for Ethnic Studies and Development, Chiang Mai University, Thailand, as part of the project Living in and with the Forest in Northern Thailand. Members of the Karen youth community discuss the Koh Toh To ceremony, which signals the end of the harvest season among the Karen of Huay Hin Lad Nai.

Blue Stories: Day 2 of the Indigo Workshop in Taiwan

Over the course of three days in October, students, craftspeople and researchers explored indigo from a variety of perspectives, as a methodological and pedagogical tool to surpass borders based on territorial, temporal and disciplinary categories in higher education. This methodology workshop, organised by the Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) in association with HaB and IIAS, included field visits and hands-on exercises that contextualised the discussions that took place and provided a truly immersive experience.

Blue Stories: Glimpses of the Indigo Workshop in Taiwan, Day 1

Over the course of three days in October, students, craftspeople and researchers explored indigo from a variety of perspectives, as a methodological and pedagogical tool to surpass borders based on territorial, temporal and disciplinary categories in higher education. This methodology workshop, organised by the Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) in association with HaB and IIAS, included field visits and hands-on exercises that contextualised the discussions that took place and provided a truly immersive experience.

Living in and with the Forest in Northern Thailand

In February 2018, 17 members of the youth group of Huay Hin Lad Nai, aged between 14 and 27, started to conduct in-depth interviews with community elders on different topics in, such asthe historical background of the community, family and kinship structures, the villagers’ local knowledge on forest classification and natural resource use as well as their traditional agricultural practices, particularly shifting cultivation.

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