What we do

Founded in June 2013 by Michael Heneise and Kekhrie Yhome, and registered as a trust in Nagaland state on 12 February 2014, the main objective of the Kohima Institute is to foster a scholarly community that engages critically with sociopolitical, cultural, economic, historical, and developmental problems among highland Asian communities, sometimes referred to as 'Zomia'. Specific aims include broad research engagement, hi-level postgraduate teaching, international student exchange, archival and heritage conservation, scholarly publications, archival collections, conferences, and fora that contribute to collaborate work.

Though constraints with regards to security and accessibility have contributed to the under-representation of Northeast India and highland Asia more broadly in the sociological literature, the Kohima Institute seeks create linkages between local, regional and international scholars, towards establishing longterm relationships that bridge gaps in research, and benefit local communities.

Operating primarily within the social sciences and humanities, the Institute maintains a strong commitment to ethical research practices, and ecological consciousness, as well as the promotion of indigenous knowledge systems, including philosophies, languages, histories, technologies, and aesthetics. Part of this commitment is the intentional, ongoing resourcing and consultancy work conducted in conjunction with important policy and development initiatives within Nagaland state, and its neighbours that seek to promote local community voices, and cultural practices.

Finally, the Institute encourages independent thinking and the plurality of perspectives, while promoting interdisciplinarity. These values are continually exercised through our regularly programmed lectures, seminars, conferences, publications, as well as on-going consultancies, and collaborations.

For more information about the Kohima Institute, please contact Dr. Michael Heneise heneise@kohimainstitute.org