CCP History Department Holds Seminar on “Sources for Studying Naga History” | MorungExpress
Patkai Christian College’s Department of History (Autonomous) held a seminar on “Sources for Studying Naga History” in the lecture hall on January 31.
Dimapur, February 2 (MExN): Patkai Christian College’s Department of History (Autonomous) held a seminar on “Sources for Studying Naga History” in the lecture hall on January 31.
A press release from the college said that the speaker, Thejalhouko Casavi, a researcher at the Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, spoke about the importance of colonial archives stating that “whoever writes Naga history depends on colonial sources even for the pre-colonial era.’ He stated that “one must be critical when reading the sources” and “be aware of preconceived ideas in the sources”. He further highlighted emerging research in understanding archives where “researchers study archives not as a source but as a subject”.
While talking about the act of writing history, Casavi argued that “writing college history is not necessarily about making claims but about reclaiming the voices of subordinates and the many voices from within colonial archives. He alerted students of history to the fallacy of imposing modern categories on the past and said that “when we take Naga identity as given, we miss the richness of the record.”
Casavi then discussed missionary writings as a very important source for understanding the drastic change in worldview among the Nagas.
The seminar was attended by students and faculties of PCC and chaired by Bauna Panmei, Assistant Professor, Department of History, PCC and a vote of thanks was given by Dr. Opangtula Imsong, HOD, Department of History, PCC .