Main supervisor- Prof. Synnove Kristine Nepstad Bendixsen
Co-supervisor- Prof. Stale Knudsen
Working space- 836
Project title- Understanding littorals of Loktak(working title)
The PhD project will try to understand/re-think the identity, culture, belief system and ongoing state-constructed internal-displacement of a fishing community, who identify themselves as "water-people", in Loktak Lake of Manipur, India. The research will indulge significantly in ethnography whilst re-thinking the everyday meanings of "water-people", witnessing the cultural transformation of the community in accordance to the ecological transformation, and also perceiving the whole discourse of "space" on water through gender, water spirits, and oral narratives.
The project contributes to water-based thinking and ethnography of water-people in general.
Manimala, Asem Chanu, “Hardman and Gunman in Bodoland”, Countercurrents.org, 3rd August 2017. https://countercurrents.org/2017/08/hardman-and-gunman-in-bodoland
Manimala, Asem Chanu, and Shyamal, Bikash Chakma, “Naturalizing Everyday Violence in Mizoram”, Countercurrent.org, 3rd September 2017. https://countercurrents.org/2017/09/naturalizing-everyday-violence-in-mizoram
Manimala, Asem Chanu, “Water Lives in Loktak”, Pangsau, 3rd June, 2018. https://pangsau.com/2018/06/13/the-struggles-of-the-lake-people-in-loktak/
Manimala, Asem Chanu, “Lady Watches over Us”, fountainink.com, 12th December, 2018. https://fountainink.in/essay/039the-lady-watches-over-us039
Manimala, Asem Chanu, ‘Loktak: Sense-Making of Ecology and Collective Memory’, in Beda, Devi Ch and Sonia, Devi Ch (ed.), Education and Sustainable Development Goals, New Delhi-Global e-Text, 2019.
Manimala, Asem Chanu, ‘Wind, ‘Phum’ and Life on the Loktak Lake: A Photo Essay’, EPWengage, May, 2019. https://www.epw.in/engage/article/wind-phum-and-life-loktak-lake-photo-essay
Manimala, Asem Chanu, ‘Loktak: Rethinking human-nature interaction on this Environment Day’, Countercurrents.org, 3rd June 2019. https://countercurrents.org/2019/06/loktak-rethinking-human-nature-interaction-on-this-environment-day
Manimala, Asem Chanu, “Littoral Community: The World with a Singular Culture”, in Sujata, Devi RK (ed.), Culture and Human Development (forthcoming ed. book)
Manimala, Asem Chanu, “Understanding Gender and Division of Labor among the littorals of Loktak (working title)” (accepted chapter in a forthcoming ed.book)