Monday, July 29, 2013

National Seminar on Contesting Tribal Subalternity : Social and Economic Challenges in India 29-30 July, 2013

National Seminar
Contesting Tribal Subalternity : Social and Economic Challenges in India
29-30 July, 2013
Tribal people are considered the children of forests, whose coexistence with Nature define their
way of life seemingly far from the mainstream social life. Being the indigenous groups, they
continue to suffer alienation within the country. Their life in agency tracts is culturally unique
and different from the main stream society.
Living in the interior places engulfed by the dense forests in the Indian subcontinent, no doubt
to say, would characterize as to how the tribal people are fraught with economic exigencies due
to their poor mobility and lack of adequate exposure to the mainstream society. This is really a
much aggravated problem facing the tribal communities across India. Though they are
economically backward, their culture is rich and historically significant. Basically they depend
upon traditional cultivation, hunting and gathering of the forest produces. The population of
Adivasisis is highly concentrated in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madya
Pradesh, Maharastra, Orissa, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and some north-eastern
Several tribal communities are living with different racial identities. Their approach towards the
rest of the world is egalitarian and humanistic. A very few families are traced in mainstream
social life as the governments have created some special schemes and employment
opportunities for them. Reservation benefits are hardly reaching out to the target tribal and
Adivasi communities. In fact, they have abundant wealth of oral literature which is being
transmitted by word of mouth. Their literary treasure comprising oral narratives, songs and
cultural performances on different occasions has not been brought to light through print and
electronic media.
This seminar intends to explore unraveled dimensions connected with most of the tribal groups
scattered across India and looks into the issues like notion of subalternity in the context of tribal
life and current trends in their market economy. Since there is a vast geographical variance with
divergent cultural and economic ramifications it is relevant to bring diversified issues into
discussions. This seminar would create a vibrant national platform for a debate on the following
key areas.

Historicizing Tribal Civilization, Ethnicity and Dynasty
Tribal Literature – Oral Narratives/Tales/Folk Songs
Observance of Rituals, Customs and Social and Cultural Traditions
Arts and Handicrafts-Market Economy
Place of Women in the Tribal World
Patriarchy /Matriarchy – Matrilineal/Partilineal System
Print and Electronic media - Tribal Issues
Transport, Infrastructure and Communication system in Tribal Tracts
North-East Tribal Cultural/Political Convergences and Divergences
Seminar Coordinator
Centre for Comparative Literature, SH
School of Humanities
University of Hyderabad
Central University (post)
Gachibowli, Hyderabad, A.P.
PIN: 500 046
Office: 040-23133350/56 Mobile: 08184840171

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