Research Fellows

The Kohima Institute Research Fellows programme seeks to attract world-class scholars actively engaged in both research and teaching in conjunction with partner institutions and granting agencies. Often based in staff positions in other universities around the world they engage in both short and long term research projects in South and Southeast Asia, and often work closely with postgraduate and early career researchers at the Institute in collecting, processing and publishing data and findings. Fellows may spend several weeks to several months engaged in fieldwork, and organise as well as present their ongoing work in the regular calendar of seminars, meetings and activities organised by the Kohima Institute. Time permitting they engage in intensive or term-length modular teaching at primarily the postgraduate and early career research levels, and occasionally conduct research training workshops in local partner colleges and universities.

Dr Arkotong Longkumer |

Arkotong Longkumer is a Senior Research Fellow at the Kohima Institute, and Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Edinburgh, and prior to his appointment at Edinburgh was Departmental Lecturer in the Study of Religions at Oxford University. His research and teaching interests lie in the intersection between indigenous religions, Hinduism and local Christianities in South and Southeast Asia. Longkumer is also interested in theory and method in the study of religions, and its interface between the different disciplines of religious studies, anthropology, and history. Current research activities include an interdisciplinary project that investigates the relationship between religion, territory and transnationalism in South Asia and beyond, focused on three specific themes: (i) the idea of ‘moral geographies’ as a model of sovereignty; (ii) the proliferation of religious networks that challenge the territorial limitations of the nation-state; and (iii) the current global concerns with religion and indigenous peoples, particularly centred on notions of indigenous peoples’ rights, self-determination and human rights. He is an Advisory Board member for both Himalaya and South Asianist journals.

Catriona Child |

Catriona Child is an independent researcher with socio-historical expertise on the Zeme Naga communities in Assam, Manipur and Nagaland states in Northeast India. Holding a Master's degree in environmental studies from University College of North Wales, she is particularly interested in the linkages between colonial and postcolonial social histories in the Northeast (her mother Ursula Graham Bower being among the most prominent), as well as current efforts among indigenous communities and scholars to recover and preserve vernacular archives. A highly sought after guide, she consults regularly for Cox & Kings and National Geographic Expeditions, and has been instrumental in establishing of one of the first indigenous-run, independent museums based in Northeast India based in Laisong, North Cachar, Assam. She resides in both Kashmir and in New Delhi.

Dharamsing Teron |

Dharamsing Teron is an independent researcher (graduated in History from Diphu Government College, Gauhati University) from Diphu, Karbi Anglong, who is engaged in documenting Karbi folklore. He is editor of the Karbi Studies series, the first volume of which appeared in 2008 under the banner of Karbi Young Writers’ Guild, as a result of combined efforts of activists and new writers. Since then, he has edited Memories, Myths, Metaphors (2nd Edition, April 2012), as well as Reclaiming the Ancestors’ Voices (Vol. 2, 2011), co-edited with Sikari Tisso, and Folktales from the Fringe (Vol. 3, collection of popular Karbi folktales/2012), also with Kabeen Teronpi, Kache Teronpi and Valentina Teronpi In Search of the Drongo and Other Stories (Vol. 4) all under the banner of ‘Karbi Studies’. He is currently working on ‘Karbi Oral History.’ He lives in Rongmili, Diphu.

Don Duprez |

Don Duprez holds a PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, and holds an MA in Anthropology from California State University, Northridge, and a BA in Anthropology and Archaeology from Georgia State University. His current research explores reproduction, religious hybridisation and efficacy among Hmong diaspora in the United States. Duprez has conducted research among Hmong American communities, Japanese transnationals, Chinese Americans, and Chinese populations, which have included Han communities and the ethnic minority groups of the Dai and Miao peoples. His research interests include health and healing, health and religion, reproduction and reproductive health, feminisms, femininities and masculinities, time and memory, Christianity(ies), shamanic practice and medicine, epistemological and ontological cultural perspectives, transnational and communities in diaspora. Duprez has held teaching positions at California State University, Northridge; Wuhan University of Science and Technology in China; and the University of Edinburgh. He is currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Edward Moon-Little |

Edward Moon Little is a visual anthropologist with a regional focus on South Asia. With a background in Art History and History (BA, University of East Anglia), Edward went on to study Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology at Oxford University (MSc). Before joining as Curator for the Kohima Institute, Edward carried out archival research on adivasi history with Jawaharlal Nehru University, interned with Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural, and studied Northeast Indian museums funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. After years of working in restaurant kitchens, Edward loves nothing more than cooking for friends and investigating the intertwined relationships between food and culture (currently he is very interesting in the cultural meanings of fish in London). Alongside working for the Kohima Institute Edward also helps run a blog called Sensible Culture (so please follow them on Twitter).