Launch Event: MEWSC (2013)

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The launch of MEWSC will take place on Monday September 30th 2013 at 1pm in room G.27 O’Rahilly Building, University College Cork. As part of the launch we will also be holding a drop in pre-launch FILM session on Monday 30th September 10am to 1pm and an academic WORKSHOP on Tuesday 1st October entitled ‘Indigenous Aesthetics and Marginalised Knowledge Systems’. Details of FILM, LAUNCH and WORKSHOP can be found below and in Pdf format MEWSC Full Programme.

FILM: Pre-Launch Programme of Marginalised and Endangered Worldviews Study Centre (MEWSC); A series of animations by tribal and minority peoples, ethnographic films and promotional shorts by NGOs

Monday 30th September 10 am to 1 pm, ORB G.27

10:00 -10:30: “The Tallest Story Competition(in tribal language with English subtitles)

10:30 -10:35: “Man

10:35 – 11:10: ‘‘Children of the jaguar

11:10-11:50:   Russian ethnographic films (details tbc)

11:50-12:20: The Tallest Story Competition (in Scottish Gaelic language with English subtitles)

12:20-12:25: “Man

12:25-12:55:  “Roma people. From Craiova to Bologna


Monday 30th September 10 am to 1 pm, ORB G.27

13:00 Welcome (Dr. Lidia Guzy and Dr. James Kapaló)

13:10 Opening Address by Prof. Brian Bocking, Head of School of Asian Studies

13:20 Introduction to the scope and mission of MEWSC (Dr. James Kapalo and Dr. Lidia Guzy)

13:35 Understanding endangered societies through engaged scholarship (with special reference to India) – Prof. Marine Carrin, Centre d’Anthropologie, CNRS, Toulouse, France

14:00-14:30 – Tea/Coffee

14:30 The Importance of Tribal Studies in India – Prof. Maguni Charan Behera, Director, Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies (AITS) Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar, India

14:45 Key questions in the study of Endangered Minorities and Worldviews in Russia – Prof. Elena Glavatskaya, Urals State University, Russia

15:00 Afro-Brazilian Religions and Marginalization in Brazil – Dr. Marcelo Vidaurre Archanjo, University College Cork

15:15 Marginalization of Indigenous Religion in Arunachal Pradesh: Emerging Paradox of a Frontier State – Prof. Sarit Kumar Chaudhuri, Head Department of Anthropology, Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar, India

15:30 Close and Announcement of following day’s workshop ‘Indigenous Aesthetics and Marginalised Knowledge Systems’, by Dr. Cécile Guillaume-Pey, Postdoctoral Researcher, University College Cork & Queen’s University Belfast


Indigenous Aesthetics and Marginalised Knowledge Systems

Tuesday 1st October 2013 9:30 am -6 pm, ORB G.27

Convenor : Dr Cécile Guillaume-Pey, University College Cork & Queen’ s University Belfast

9:30-11:00 – Indigenous Aesthetics I (Chair: Dr. Yafa Shanneik)

Cécile Guillaume-Pey – Gods on the screen. Aestheticisation and commodification process of Sora paintings (Central eastern India)

Brian and Eileen Coates – The Museum of Voice in the Adivasi Academy at Tejgadh, Gujarat, India

Sarit Kumar Chaudhuri – Tribal Art in India

11:00-11:30 Coffee/Tea – (Accompanied by a book launch of Lidia Guzy’s 2013 Marginalised Music – Music, Religion and Politics from Western Odisha and James Kapalo’s et al 2013 The Power of Words: Studies on Charms and Charming In Europe)

11:30-13:00 – Indigenous Aesthetics II (Chair: Dr. Cliona O’Carroll)

Elena Glavatskaya – Forgotten Images of  Khanty Shamans: Presentation and Self-presentation of the West Siberian Shamans in the early 20th Century

Margaret Lyngdoh – Invoking the Goddess: Pynhir Myndhan among the Bhoi of the Khasi Hills

Lidia Guzy – Sounds of the Goddess

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 – Marginalised Knowledge Systems I (Chair: Dr. Lidia Guzy)

Marine Carrin – Indigenous Knowledge and Empowerment amongst Adivasis in Jharkand

Claire Scheid – The Dzongu Jungle in Lepcha Epistemology

Maguni Charan Behera – Marginalised Knowledge of the Galo Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh with reference to Resource Use

15:30-16:00 Coffee/Tea

16:00-18:00 – Marginalised Knowledge Systems II (Chair: Dr. Helena Buffary tbc)

Marcelo Vidaurre Archanjo – Dangerous Macumba: The Afro-Brazilian Religions in a Popular Newspaper during the 1950s

Jenny Butler – Living the Magical: Supernatural Forces Life in Contemporary Pagan Worldview

Gillian Watts – Santo Daime – Marginalisation and Migration

James Kapaló – Dreaming as Dangerous Knowledge: Miraculous Literacy and the Reading of Charms amongst Gagauz women