eJournal | The Johar Journal: A multidisciplinary journal that aims to familiarize people with the tribal way of life – New Delhi

The Johar Journal
The Johar Journal (द जोहार जर्नल ) is an online open-access, peer-reviewed, biannual journal on Adivasi, tribal and indigenous issues with particular focus on tribal literatures in translation.
https://joharjournal.org >>

Department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia
YouTube video presentations “Tribes in Transition III” (September 2021) >>

“We cannot let our culture and society stop …”

Santali poet, scholar and translator
Dr. Ivy Hansdak (Editor-in-Chief, The Johar Journal)

Is there still interest in folklore in Santal society?
There is probably some interest, but now we live in a world of rapid development in the media. We cannot let our culture and society stop. Folklore was what we had, but we have also evolved. We live in a world where we all use mobile phones and Facebook. We are spread across much of India like Assam, Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha as well as Bangladesh and Nepal. Everyone has different influences from where they live and change in different directions. The Santals in Assam are very different from, for example, me and the Santals in Odisha are struggling to use a new form of writing while others use the Latin alphabet. We are all also influenced by different politicians, and with political influence we go in many different directions. – Poet, scholar and translator Dr. Ivy Imogene Hansdak interviewed by Norwegian writer, artist, musician and filmmaker Audun Nedrelid | To read this interview, view or download The Johar Journal, Vol. II, January-June 2021 here >>

The primary aims of this e-journal are:

  • To familiarize mainstream academia with the tribal worldview
  • To provide mainstream scholars access to tribal writers through translation
  • To change mainstream ways of looking at the tribal persona and the tribal protagonist
  • To make tribal identity a source of strength and celebration
  • To understand the tribal angst and find solutions to it

“Johar” (जोहार ) is an Adivasi term used in Jharkhand as a greeting among friends and kinsfolk. So let us begin with this greeting: Johar to all our readers and well-wishers! This e-journal will be a continuation of the many seminars and conferences where tribal or indigenous thinkers have sat silently listening to mainstream (non-tribal) scholars speak; they have been told the meaning of tribal identity, the many problems facing the tribal people and the growing sense of angst among the tribals. This e-journal will be therapeutic since it will seek to heal the angst of the tribal people by telling their stories in translation and adding their voices to the knowledge documented by dedicated mainstream scholars who have come before us.

The contents of The Johar Journal will be organized under these eight categories: i. News & Views, ii. Interview, iii. Contemporary Tribal Literature, iv. Tribal Folklore, v. Visual & Performance Arts, vi. Critical Essay, vii. Book/ Film Review and viii. Tribal Lifestyle. It is hoped that scholars from various disciplines and various ideological positions will use a multidisciplinary approach while examining the tribal predicament. Feedback from the general public will be welcomed, though they will also be moderated by the Editors.

Editorial Board

  • Dr. Ivy Imogene Hansdak (Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi)
  • Prof. Marine Carrin (Centre d’Anthropologie Sociale, Toulouse, France)
  • Dr. Peter Birkelund Andersen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
  • Ms. Mridula Rashmi Kindo (Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi)
  • Dr. Shanta Rani Kerketta (Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, New Delhi)

Advisory Board

  • Padma Bhushan Professor T.K. Oommen (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
  • Professor G.J.V. Prasad (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
  • Professor Esther Syiem (North East Hill University, Shillong)
  • Professor Anand Mahanand (English & Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad)
  • Professor Mukesh Ranjan (Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi)
  • Dr. Ravi Nandan Sinha (St. Xavier’s College, Ranchi & Editor, The Quest: A Literary Journal)
  • Professor Virginius Xaxa (Tezpur University, Assam)
  • Professor Tiplut Nongbri (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
  • Professor Joseph Bara (Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak)

Learn more

Dr. Ivy Imogene Hansdak

Read the inaugural Speech by Dr. Ivy Hansdak: “Is tribal identity relevant in today’s world?” delivered during the conference titled “Tribes In Transition-II: Reaffirming Indigenous Identity Through Narrative” | Conference report | Video presentation “Tribes in Transition III” (September 2021): Inaugural Session & Keynote Speech by Prof. Anvita Abbi >>

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