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Dolly Kikon, anthropologist at University of Melbourne, is in conversation with Shrishti Malhotra, producer at The Swaddle, about why the Baghjan crisis is a global issue, exploitative politics of resource extraction, and how ‘development’ often excludes local communities.

In this episode of Myanmar Musing, Dolly Kikon discusses how Naga fermentation cultures and foodways are changing and connects to regional as well as global stories and histories of upland South and Southeast Asia.

In this episode of The Other Banana, Dolly KikonUsham Rojio, and Anannya Baruah explore Nicholas Kharkongor’s 2019 film Axone. The film is out on Netflix and The Other Banana encourage everyone to watch! The film provides a great platform to understand some of the issues faced by people from the North East states as they migrate to cities like Delhi. However, the film misses the opportunity to have a serious discussion about a number of issues it raises in the effort to find balance.

In Living with Oil and Coal: Resource Politics and Militarization in Northeast India (University of Washington Press, 2019), anthropologist Dolly Kikon offers a rich account of life in the midst of a landscape defined by multiple overlapping extractive industries and plantation economies, and of the social relations through which a resource frontier comes into being. Examining the foothills at the border between the states of Assam and Nagaland, she describes the histories of tea plantations, oil exploration, and coal mining, the role of mobility and migration, the security apparatuses that has evolved over decades of conflict and militarization, and, most strikingly, the way these forces shape and are manifest in the daily course of life of those inhabiting the region. In this episode of New Books in anthropology, Dolly Kikon and host Jacob Doherty talk about the role of hospitality in constructing resource frontiers, how morom (‘love’) works as an idiom to police ethnic purity and critique the state, the sociality of local markets, and the dreams and fantasies engendered by the carbon economy.



Migration, Labour and Violence in Northeast India
Saumya Pandey, a PhD student at the Chr. Michelsen Institute and the University of Ghent, interviews Dolly Kikon for the journal blog of Public Anthropologist.

If you’re not engaging, shut up
This portrait is part of Heinrich Böll Stiftung’s dossier “No Women – No Peace: 20th Anniversary of UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security”.

Politics on my plate: Anthropologist Dolly Kikon examines the politics of food
Anthropologist Dolly Kikon on how everyday mundane experiences like food and eating become tools to humiliate the marginalised.

In Her Opinion: Dolly Kikon on Resource Extraction in Northeast India
In the run-up to World Environment Day on June 5th, we bring to you “In Her Opinion”, a series of interviews with women working in the field of environment, from the Himalayan forests, to the coasts of Goa. Sixth is Dolly Kikon, a lawyer and anthropologist whose experiences growing up in militarised Nagaland have shaped her studies of resource extraction in the Northeast.

Naga Youth In Hospitality Industry
Anthropologist and author Dr Dolly Kikon answered questions from East Wind on her latest work on migrant workers from Nagaland, and on broader issues related to freedom in times of neoliberalism.

We, the Women
This year’s International Women’s Day falls on Sunday, March 8. The theme this year is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”, which is aligned with the UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The year 2020 is a pivotal year for advancing gender equality worldwide, according to the UN.

Nagaland: Anthropologist Dolly Kikon releases 2nd book in Kohima
‘Leaving the Land’ focuses on the need for young migrants to be protected, says the senior lecturer in anthropology & development studies at University of Melbourne.

Dolly Kikon’s book ‘Leaving the Land’ released

Book examining migration of indigenous people released

Book on indigenous migration released in Kohima

Dolly’s book uses ethnographic prism to analyse socio-economic complexity of northeast India

Why NE indigenous youths migrate to other cities in India?
‘Leaving the Land- Indigenous Migration and Affective Labour in India,’ a new book by Dolly Kikon and Bengt G. Karlsson traces the migratory journey of indigenous NE youths in their new lives in the cities

Social relations are based on respect, equality and partnerships: Dolly Kikon

Crusade against Patriarchy
What do the recent protests in Nagaland mean for its women? Two Melbourne-based Nagas speak out