Letters between a Lepcha Geographer and a Naga Anthropologist

Dadiji (Florence Chandramukhi Gergan) and Memeley (Sonam Skybladen Gergan)
Elder brother (Matthias Phurba Sonam Gergan), Amaley (Longthormit Gergan), me and Abaley (Dr. Joseph Thsetan Gergan)
Mhalo Kikon (m0m), me and my niece Kimiro Kikon Sautman
Mhalo Kikon with us
Me and mom in Shillong
Amaley & Abaley : Dr. Joseph Thsetan Gergan & Longthormit Gergan
During the Pandemic


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Dolly Kikon is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Social and Political Science, The University of Melbourne. She received her doctoral degree in Anthropology from Stanford University (2013). Before embarking on her academic career, she completed her bachelor degree in law from University of Delhi and practised in the Supreme Court of India (New Delhi) and the Guwahati High Court focusing on human rights and constitutional provisions relating to tribal communities in Northeast India.Her published books include Living with Oil and Coal: Resource Politics & Militarization in Northeast India (University of Washington Press 2019 and Yoda Press India, 2020); Leaving the Land: Indigenous Migration and Affective Labour in India (co-author Bengt G. Karlsson) (Cambridge University Press India, 2019); Life and Dignity; Women’s testimonies of Sexual Violence in Dimapur (Nagaland) (NESRC 2015), Experiences of Naga Women in Armed Conflict: Narratives from a Militarised Society (WISCOMP 2004). Mabel Denzin Gergan is a geographer by training, and her research focuses on postcolonial environmentalism, Tribal/Indigenous theorization, anti-colonial politics, and race and ethnicity in South Asia. She is Assistant Professor of Asian Studies at Vanderbilt University, USA

One Comment

  1. Maitreyee Choudhury
    June 9, 2021

    This is such a powerful conversation! Thanks for introducing this unique way of expression through letters. Don’t no why, got reminded of the ‘Persian Letters.’ Wish to hear more from Dolly and Mabel.

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