Bhagat Oinam – Idea of ’Beauty’ in the Indigenous Lifeworld: An Attempt towards Decolonizing Concepts and Methods

Decolonial and Postcolonial Ecologies: Critical Voices from India A monthly online lecture series

Coming up next: 21 March 2024

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Bhagat Oinam (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Idea of ’Beauty’ in the Indigenous Lifeworld: An Attempt towards Decolonizing Concepts and Methods

Abstract

While study of social and cultural lifeworld is language dependent, it is extremely challenging to capture one monochromatic ‘sense’ in the lifeworld embedded in the practices and beliefs of different communities. Often there is tendency to search for the ‘sense’ carried by the global languages in the lifeworld of the receiving communities. (Indigenous communities are most often receiving communities). One such concept as subject matter of this deliberation is the sense carried by the English word ‘beauty’.

As one explores the various senses carried by the word ‘beauty’ in the philosophical, literary, and cultural discourses in the Anglophone world, presence or absence of the known senses is what researchers often exploreand struggle to find in the indigenous lifeworld. One such case study is to highlight an intellectual debate among the local scholars on the presence or absence of the sense of beauty in the languages of the indigenous communities of the Northeast India. I propose to take part in the debate. Arguing that there is an idea of beauty amongst the indigenous communities, I propose to show different senses of beauty as part of a ‘family resemblance’.

Indigenous conceptions of beauty built on the ideas of the inner and the outer (Nung and Paan in Manipuri), as well as in the embodied and the embedded will be explored. It is in the latter that an indigenous discourse of ecology built on an inalienable interconnectedness of the human with the nature can be witnessed. The talk proposes to think through deconstructing the known senses carried by the known languages as part of a decolonization project.


Decolonial and Postcolonial Ecologies: Critical Voices from India A monthly online lecture series

29 February: A. Raghuramaraju (Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati)

21 March: Bhagat Oinam (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

11 April: Aseem Shrivastava (Writer, Teacher, and Ecological Thinker)

2 May: Prasenjit Biswas (North-Eastern Hill University)

18 July: Swarnalatha R (Indian Institute of Technology Madras)

(TBA) August: Ashish Kothari (Environmental Activist)

26 September: Padini Nirmal (Independent Scholar)

3 October: Puja Ghosh (University of Oregon)

All talks take place 5 – 6 pm India Standard Time

12:30 – 1:30 pm Time in Paris / 1:30 – 2:30 pm Summer Time in Paris

8:30 – 9:30 pm Time in Seoul

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Organized by: Elise Coquereau-Saouma (JNU / FWF), Puja Ghosh (UO) and Michael Stadler (DAAD Lecturer at JNU)


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Daeseung Park (18 mars 2024). Bhagat Oinam – Idea of ’Beauty’ in the Indigenous Lifeworld: An Attempt towards Decolonizing Concepts and Methods. Anthropologie décoloniale. Consulté le 14 juillet 2024 à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/w1do


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