WORKSHOPS/ SEMINARS/ CONFERENCES
International conference on Belief Narratives in Folklore Studies: Narrating the Supernatural
A three day International conference on the topic Belief Narrative: Narrating the Supernatural organised jointly byBelief Narrative Network for International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR) and The Anundoram Borooah Institute of Language, Art & Culture (ABILAC), Assam has been conducted from 6th to 8th February, 2019 at the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, located at Lalmati Guwahati -29. This three day conference has provided the opportunity to around 50 folklorists from around the world including India to present and discuss as many academically stirring aspects of folklore in the form of papers and interactions.
The inaugural session was chaired by Prof retd Ashok kr. Goswami , a renowned indologist, who is a former Head, Department of Sanskrit, and also the chairman of the Executive Committee of ABILAC. Other dignitaries who graced the occasion are Prof Satyendra Narayan Goswami, member of Executive Committee, Prof. Dipti Phukon Patgiri, Prof Sadhana Naithani, Chairperson ISFNR, Prof. Mirjam Mencej, Chairperson BNN, Prof. Ulo Valk Renowned Folklorist from University of Tartu, and Professor Dilip kr. Kalita Director, ABILAC.
Prof. Dilip Kalita while welcoming the scholars on behalf of the organising committee and other dignitaries wished the conference a success. Prof. Mirjam Mencej Chairperson BNN delivered her address as the guest of honour. She outlined the events in the previous BNN conference where Guwahati was chosen as the next venue of BNN. The other guest of honour Prof. sadhana Naithani, chairperson ISFNR and Professor of German Studies JNU hailed the effort of ABILAC in holding a seminar of such a mega scale. She also stressed on the importance of the genre of Belief Narrative within the broader scope of Folklore studies. Renowned folklorist Prof. Ulo Valk while addressing the gathering described this Northeast Indian region as the papradise of folklorists. He also stressed on the need of more research based studies into the realm of folklore studies to be undertaken in this part of the world. Prof. Anil kr. Baro, Head, Department of Folklore while addressing the gathering commented that this is the first BNN conference held in Guwahati and wised the conference a success.
Following the trend of offering the best Research Paper award to one of the student participants of the conference for the last few years, Mirjam Mencej announced the name of Kikee Doma Bhutia as the recipient of this honour for the year 2018. This was followed by the vote of thanks which was delivered by Dr. Karuna Kanta Kakati, Associate Professor, ABILAC.
Parallel sessions, each of which consisted of four paper presentations, were conducted in two halls on each of the three days of the conference. These sessions have led to a substantive amount of discussions and interactions on the main as well as sub topics of the conference. The sub topics of the with Beliefs and Supernaturals, Beliefs and the Lore of Saints, Beliefs and witch hunting, Contemporary belief Narratives (Urban legends, the play on belief narratives by politicians and so on.), Beliefs and Vernacular Practices, Beliefs, Faith and Fear, Beliefs and Sacrifice.
Seminar on Anundoram Borooah’s Contributions and its Relevance at Present
A national seminar on Anundoram Borooah’s Contributions and its Relevance at Present has been jointly organised by ABILAC and The Asiatic Society, Kolkata an institution of National importance declared by Government of India under the ministry of Culture. The seminar took place at National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj North Eastern Regional Centre, NIRD Lane, Jawaharnagar, Khanapara, Guwahati 22nd and 23rd November, 2019. This seminar was inaugurated by the education minister Assam and the Chairman of the Governing council of ABILAC, Sri Siddhartha Bhattacharya. The inauguration session was also graced by Dr. . Satyabrata Chakrabarti, General Secretary of The Asiatic Society, Professor Ashok Kumar Goswami, a noted Indologist and Sanskrit scholar as well as Vice-Chairman, Governing Council of ABILAC, Shri Amalesh Dasgupta, a noted film maker and Prof. Dilip Kumar Kalita, Director, ABILAC. This was followed by two days of intellectual and academic parleys in the form of presentation of papers on the subject.
Conference on Folklore research
ABILAC convenes a conference of the recipients of the Sir Dorabji Tata Memorial Fellowship on folklore research in its conference hall. This conference was participated by seven recipients and seven folklorists.
Workshop on Lexicography
A six day workshop (20th-25th July, 2009) on Lexicography was held by ABILAC at its office premise aimed at training participants towards production of dictionaries in indigenous languages. In this connection the director Dr. Dilip Kalita informs that ABILAC has already completed the Mising-Assamese-English and Rabha-Assamese-English dictionaries. This will be followed by other three dictionaries viz Bodo-Assamese-English, Karbi-Assamese-English and Dimasa-Assamese-English dictionaries. This workshop was conducted by Prof. Phanindranarayan Duttabarua, former director Central Institute of Indian Languages, Dr. Tabu Taid, chairman ABILAC, Prof. Jyotiprakash Tamuli, Head, Dept of Linguistics, Gauhati University, Prof. Upen Rabha Hakacham, Prof. Lilavati Saikia Bora, Prof. Malini Goswami and Mr. Rong Bong Terang, president Asom Sahitya Sabha.
National workshop on Literary criticism and problems in linguistic metalanguage
ABILAC organized a three day (from 10th to 12th November, 2009) national workshop on Literary criticism and problems in linguistic metalanguage at B.H. College, Hauli. The workshop deliberated on the problems of Assamese equivalents to the linguistic metalanguage related to the study of language along with the post modernist theories which prevalent in the English literature and criticism. This workshop was led by a number of renowned scholars like Prof. Phanindranarayan Dutta Barua, former director Central Institute of Indian Languages, Dr. Tabu Taid, chairman ABILAC, Dr. Dilip Kr Kalita, Director, ABILAC and Dr. Lilavati Saikia Bora, Professor, Department of Assamese, Gauhati University.
Recording and preservation of Borgeets
ABILAC has collaborated with the North Eastern Archival Centre for Traditional Art and Folklore (NEACTAF) at Tezpur University for recording and preservation of Borgeets.
Seminar on “Cultures in contact: Literary Reflection of Interaction among Indigenous culture in Assam”
ABILAC conducted a seminar on “Cultures in contact: Literary Reflection of Interaction among Indigenous culture in Assam” in collaboration with the department of MIL, Gauhati University.
Seminar cum Workshop on “Preparation of Grammar in the Indigenous Langauages of Assam”
A six day seminar cum workshop on “Preparation of Grammar in the Indigenous Langauages of Assam” was organised by the department of Language and Linguistics, ABILAC from 20th to 25th October, 1997.
Professor Maheswar Neog commemoration lecture
ABILAC collaborated with the Forum for Sankardeva Studies in organising the Professor Maheswar Neog commemoration lecture on the 13th September, 1996 at Ravindra Bhavan, Guwahati.
Series of lectures on folklore
ABILAC in collaboration with the Folklore Society of Assam and the Folklore Research Department of Gauhati University holds a series of lectures on folklore by the American scholar, professor Daniel J. Crowley from January 8th to 12th, 1996.
Workshop on literary translation in the minor languages of Northeast India
ABILAC, in collaboration with Asom Sahitya Akademi organised a 7 day workshop on literary translation in the minor languages of Northeast India at Guwahati form 20th to 26th May, 1994.
Lecture on phonetics
ABILAC sponsored a visiting lecture on phonetics in collaboration with the Department of Assamese, Gauhati University in the month of May, 1992. This lecture was given by Dr. P. Bhaskararao, Professor and Head of the Department of Linguistics, Deccan College, Pune.
Workshop on the mechanism of teaching materials of Folklore
A seminar-cum- workshop on the mechanism of teaching materials of Folklore sponsored by CIIL, Mysore was held at the Department of Folklore research, Gauhati University from November 18th to 20th, 1991 in collaboration with ABILAC.
Training workshop on Lexicography
ABILAC holds in collaboration with Asom Sahitya Sabha a training workshop on Lexicography from 24th to 30th October, 1991. This workshop was attended by 45 participants from different parts of the state representing Assamese, Bodo, Mising, Rabha, Tiwa, Deuri and Dimasa language speakers.
Workshops on Dictionary production under the project of publication of trilingual dictionaries of indigenous language of Assam
A workshop on the production of a Deuri-Assamese-English workshop has been held from 2nd to 7th June, 2017 at the office premises at ABILAC. This is the seventh of the series of workshops that is being held by ABILAC. This six day workshop has been attended by the learned members of the Deuri community including the President and secretary of the Deuri Sahitya Sabha. It is one of the various endeavours of ABILAC towards development of indigenous languages and cultures.
The eighth workshop for the production of a Deuri-Assamese-English workshop has been held since 21st July, 2017 at the office premises at ABILAC. This workshop has been attended by the learned members of the Deuri community who has put in efforts towards preparation of a valuable dictionary in their language.
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A workshop on the production of a Tiwa-Assamese-English dictionary workshop has been held from 3rd to 8th January 2017 at the office premises at ABILAC. This is the eighth of the series of workshops that is being held by ABILAC. This six day workshop has been attended by the learned members of the Tiwa community It is one of the various endeavours of ABILAC towards development of indigenous languages and cultures.
The 9th workshop for the production of a Tiwa-Assamese-English dictionary is held from 24th to 29th July, 2017 at the office premises at ABILAC. This is the 9th of a series of workshops that is being held by ABILAC. This six day workshop has been attended by the learned members of the Tiwa community including the President and secretary of the Tiwa Sahitya Sabha. It is one of the various endeavours of ABILAC towards development of indigenous languages and cultures.
A five day workshop on the production of a Nepali-Assamese-English dictionary is held at ABILAC from 3rd January, 2017.
Lecture on Anundoram Borooah’s ‘Ancient Geography of India’
A lecture on the ‘Ancient Geography of India’ by the great scholar Anundoram Borooah has been held by the institute in collaboration with the Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Samiti (BISS), Guwahati Zila Samiti, on the 4th November, 2017. Dr. Niranjan Kalita who is the editor of the bi monthly journal of the Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Samiti ‘Itihas Barta’ delivered the lecture on the topic ‘A critical Analysis of Pandit Pravar Anundoram Borooah’s Ancient Geography of India’. Hemanta Dhing Mazumdar, organizing secretary of BISS, North east India, also attended and delivered a lecture on this occasion. Director, ABILAC, Dr. Dilip Kumar Kalita delivered a welcome speech on the occasion. This talk was attended by scholars and other esteemed guests from different institutions.
National Conference on ‘Cultural Diversity of Northeast India and its Role in the development of Social Unity’
A national conference on the topic ‘Cultural Diversity of Northeast India and its Role in the development of Social Unity’ was held at B.H. College, Howli by the Department of Assamese, Howli college in collaboration with, ABILAC on the 16th and 17th June, 2017.
ABILAC holds the second workshop aimed at producing a Deuri-Assamese-English dictionary in its office premise from 7th July, 2014. This workshop has been attended by a number of experts on the Deuri language and also by other learned members of the Deuri community.