What We Do

Founded in Kohima on 15 June 2013 by Dr Michael Heneise and Dr Kekhrie Yhome, and registered as a trust in Nagaland state on 12 February 2014, the main objectives of The Kohima Institute are to engage in teaching and research at the postgraduate level, facilitating innovation and critical thinking toward the development of communities in Nagaland, as well as in Northeast India, and in the wider Zomia region (see below). Specific aims include hi-level postgraduate teaching, international student exchange, archival and heritage conservation, qualitative and quantitative research, scholarly publications, expansive library facilities, high-level scholarly conferences, and the provision of infrastructures that foster knowledge dissemination and exchange.

Though constraints with regards to security and accessibility have contributed to its under-representation in the sociological literature, the Kohima Institute prioritises under-researched areas, and seeks to develop ties with local scholars towards establishing longterm relationships that bridge gaps in research, benefit local communities while also serving to enhance Institute programmes such as expanding fieldwork opportunities for postgraduates, in addition to benefiting innovative research and scholarship more generally.

Founded in Kohima on 15 June 2013 by Dr Michael Heneise and Dr Kekhrie Yhome, and registered as a trust in Nagaland state on 12 February 2014, the main objectives of The Kohima Institute are to engage in teaching and research at the postgraduate level, facilitating innovation and critical thinking toward the development of communities in Nagaland, as well as in Northeast India, and in the wider Zomia region (see below). Specific aims include hi-level postgraduate teaching, international student exchange, archival and heritage conservation, qualitative and quantitative research, scholarly publications, expansive library facilities, high-level scholarly conferences, and the provision of infrastructures that foster knowledge dissemination and exchange. Read More ...

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is made up of scholars, administrators, and respected community leaders actively engaged in promoting excellence in higher education and development, and developing collaborative partnerships with universities, civil society organisations and other public and private sector institutions. The board is responsible for shaping the goals and strategies of the Kohima Institute; providing counsel to the senior leadership; and governance over institute activities, and assets. The Board meets at least once-a-year, and its various committees represent the interdisciplinary character of the Institute's programs.



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

Dr. Arkotong Longkumer

A.Longkumer@ed.ac.uk

Arkotong Longkumer is a Senior Research Fellow at the Kohima Institute, and Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Dr Arkotong Longkumer

Catriona Child

Catriona_child@yahoo.co.uk

Catriona Child is an independent researcher with socio-historical expertise on the Zeme Naga communities in Assam, Manipur and Nagaland states in Northeast India.

Dr Arkotong Longkumer

Dharamsing Teron

Dstlangne.ka@gmail.com

Dharamsing Teron is an independent researcher (graduated in History from Diphu Government College, Gauhati University) from Diphu, Karbi Anglong [...]

Dr Arkotong Longkumer

Don Duprez

Donduprez@gmail.com

Don Duprez holds a PhD in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, and holds an MA in Anthropology from California [...]

Dr Arkotong Longkumer

Edward Moon-Little

Emoonlittle@hotmail.co.uk

Edward Moon Little is a visual anthropologist with a regional focus on South Asia. With a background in Art History and History [...]