Prof. A. N. Passah

History Department

Designation: Professor

Qualifications:

M.A.( Gold Medal),  M.Phil., Ph.D. (NEHU)

Areas of Interest/Specialization:

Modern Northeast India, Social History, Gender History,  Oral Traditions, Oral History, Medical History, South East Asia

Experience:

34 years of teaching at the college (Dept. of History, Synod College, St. Edmund’s College) and University level, (Dept. of History, North  Eastern Hill University)

PhD Awarded/Supervised 

1 (one); M.Phil:  3; ongoing PhD work: 7

Administrative responsibilities undertaken: 

  • General Secretary, North East India History Association (2019-)
  • Treasurer, North East India History Association (2007- 2019)
  • Student Counsellor (2013 till date)
  • Teacher In-Charge Progress Reports (2011-)

Academic affiliations (if any):  

  • General Secretary, North East India History Association (2019- )
  • Treasurer, North East India History Association (2007- till date   )
  • Life Member, North East India History Association
  • Life Member, Church History Association of India
  • Life Member, North East India Political Science    Association
  • Member, Shillong Academic Society
  • Editorial Board, Indian Theological Journal from the years 2007 to 2010.
  • Editorial Board, NEHU Journal, One term
  • Editor of the Proceedings of the North East History Association

Research Projects

  1. UGC-SAP-DSA Programme- “Khasi-Jaintia Women- Then and Now: A Study of past and present roles and status”
  2. UPE Project- Patterns of Social Organisations of the Khasi-Jaintias of Meghalaya”

Publications

  1. 2019: “ The Proverbs of the Khasi-Jaintia: A Preliminary Study” in Proceedings of North East India History Association, 39th Session, Synod College, Published Shillong, pp.553-559.  ISSN: 2349-753X
  2. 2018: “ Unsung Heroes: The Khasis in the INA” in Proceedings of North East India History Association, 38th Session, D.K.Girls’College, Mirza,  Published Shillong, pp.577-591,  ISSN: 2349-753X
  3. 2017: “Gender History in Khasi-Jaintia Hills: A Relook at Oral Traditions and Literature” in Manorama Sharma(ed.), Rethinking Gender History: Essays on Northeast India and Beyond
  4. 2016: “Khasi-Jaintia Women and Religion: Then and Now,” in David Kharchandy, et.al. (eds.,), Women, Religion and liberation, EBH Publishers (India), Guwahati, pp. 91-104. ISBN:978- 978- 93- 83252- 98- 5
  5. 2015: “The Second World War and Shillong: Some Insights”, in Proceedings of North East India History Association, 36th Session, Mizoram University, Aizawl, 2015, Published Shillong 2016, pp.406-415. ISSN: 2349-753X
  6. 2015:“Khasi-Jaintia Women: A Portrayal Through Language and Literature of Khasi-Jaintia Writers”, in S. K. Singh & S. A. Lyngdoh (eds.) Linguistic Ecology: Meghalaya, EBH Publishers (India), Guwahati, 2015, pp.310-324. ISBN: 9789380261966
  7. 2015: “Unwritten Law: Environmental Concern during the Pre-Colonial Period in the Khasi-Jaintia of Meghalaya”, in Naveen Kumar (ed.), Forest and Environment in india: Law, History, Culture and Modern Approaches, EBH Publishers (India), Guwahati, 2015, pp.231-238. ISBN: 978-93-83252-85-5
  8. 2015: “The Two World Wars and Christian Missions in Khasi-Jaintia Hills”, in Proceedings of North East India History Association, 35th Session, Gurgoan College, Simaluguri, 2014, Published Shillong. pp.458-468. ISSN: 2349-753X
  9. 2014: “Women and Decision Making: Role of Khasi-Jaintia Women” in Proceedings of North East India History Association, 34th Session, Manipur University, Imphal, 2013, Published Shillong 2014, pp.587-596. ISSN: 2349-753X
  10. 2013: “Change and Continuity in Khasi-Jaintia Society: Women in Perspective”, in Proceedings of North East India History Association, 33rd Session, Manipur University, Imphal, 2013, Published Shillong 2014, pp.587-596. ISSN: 2349-753X
  11. 2009: “ Nepalis in Meghalaya: Diaspora and Identity” in T.B.Subba, A.C.Sinha,et.al.(eds.), Indian Nepalis, Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, pp.237-248. ISBN 81-8069-446-1.
  12. 2009: “Christian Missions in the Khasi-Jaintia Hills: Health Care and Impact on the Society,” in T.B.Subba, et.al.( eds.), Christianity and Change in Northeast India,” Concept Publishing Company, New Delhi, pp.203-218. ISBN 10:818069447X.
  13. 2004: “ Role of Khasi-Jaintia Women of the Meghalaya Plateau in Pre-Colonial Society and Economy,” in M.Momin, C.A.Mawlong, Society and Economy in North-East india, Volume 1, Regency Publications, New Delhi, pp.57-71. ISBN 81-87498-83—8.
  14. 2003: “Nepali Christians in the Khasi-Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya” in A.C.Sinha, T.B.Subba, (eds.), The Nepalis in Northeast India, Indus Publishing Company, New Delhi, pp.277-294.ISBN 81-7387-138-8.
  15. 2003: “ Matriliny in Meghalaya: At The Crossroads/- Some Insights” In M.Momin, (ed.),Readings in History and Culture of the Garos, Regency Publications, New Delhi, pp.180-194.ISBN 81-87498-82-X.
  16. 1999: “The Welsh Presbyterian Church and Health Care in the Khasi-Jaintia Hills (1841-1969) in  Proceedings of North East India History Association, 19th Session, Nagaland University, Kohima,Published Shillong, pp.277-287.  ISSN: 2349-753X
  17. 1997: “ Choice of Mission Field of the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Mission,” in Proceedings of North East India History Association, 17th Session, Government Aizawl College,Aizawl, Published Shillong 2014, pp.251-259, ISSN: 2349-753X.

Papers presented:

  1. 2019, 3rd-4th August, “  Subhas Chandra Bose as viewed through the lens of the I.N.A”  in National Seminar on INA and North East India, organized by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, Moirang.
  2. 2019, 19th June, Keynote Address, “History and Intellectual Property Rights” in One Day National Workshop on Intellectual Property Rights, organised by Pragjyotish College, Guwahati.
  3. 2019, 13th-14th June, “ The Khasi-Jaintia and Customary Law: The Colonial Interface,” in International Conference on ‘Custom, Law and the Colonial State in Northeast India: Dynamics and Challenges for the Post Colonial State’ organised by Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi in collaboration with the Dept. of History, NEHU, Shillong.
  4. 2019, 20th-22nd May,Society and Culture in South East Asia and North East India: Some Perspectivesin the International Seminar on ‘ Community and Cultural Multiplicity in North East India and South Asia: Ethnography, History and Society’ organised by the North East India Council for Social Science Research, at Shillong Law College, Shillong.
  5. 2019, 5th -6th March,Matriliny among the Khasi-Jaintia-Garo: Gender Concerns” in International Seminar, on ‘ Writing History of Highlanders of NorthEast India’ organised by the Department of History & Ethnography, Mizoram University, Aizawl.
  6. 2019,  21st-22nd February,  “ Border : A Jaintia Woman’s Perspective” in International Seminar, organised by Department of History, NEHU, Shillong.
  7. 2019, January, “Mahatma Gandhi and Northeast India: Women Empowerment,” organised by the Anthropological Survey of India, Mawblei.
  8. 2018, 1st -3rd November, “ The Proverbs of the Khasi-Jaintia: Some Insights” in NEIHA, at Synod College.
  9. 2017, 16th-17th March, “ Christianity in Meghalaya: A Post Independence Perspective” in Seminar organised by OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, ICSSR-NERC Conference Hall, NEHU Campus, Shillong.
  10. 2016, 10th-12th November, “ Role of Khasi-Jaintia Men in Matrilineal Meghalaya: A Historical Perspective” in 37 Annual Conference of North East India History Association, hosted by Sikkim Government College, Tadong.
  11. 2016,2nd-3rd November, “ Culture and the Khasis” in National Seminar, “ Culture and Religion in Northeast India: Retrospect and Prospect” organised by the Women’s College, Shillong.
  12. 2015, 13th-14th November, “ Khasi-Jaintia Women and Religion: Then and Now” in National Seminar, “ Women and Religion in India: Status and Quest for Liberation” organised by Synod College, Shillong.
  13. 2015, 25th-27th March, “ Health Care in Meghalaya: Shifting Perspectives” in National Conference, “Framing A region: New Perspectives on North East India” organised by Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Study and North East India Studies Programme, JNU, New Delhi.
  14. 2014, 24th-26th March, “ Gender History in Khasi-Jaintia Hills: A Relook at Oral Traditions and Literature” in National Seminar, “ Reinterpretation of Sourcesfor writing Gender History: Creating an AlternativeNarrative” organised by the Department of History, NEHU, Shillong.
  15. 2013, 25th-26th March, “ Socio-Political Dynamics: Khasi-Jaintia Scenario” in National Seminar, “ Socio-Political Dynamics in North-East India” organised by Department of Political Science,NEHU, Shillong.
  16. 2012, 11th-13th March, “ Agricultural Scene in Khasi-Jaintia Hills: Some Perspectives” in National Seminar, “ Understanding Agrarian History of North East India” organised by Department of History, Dibrugarh University, Dibrugarh and NERC, Indian Council of Historical Research, Guwahati.
  17. 2012, 6th-7th February, “ Fragmented Memories, Traditions and Customs: Some Insights on the Social History of the Khasi-Jaintia” in National Seminar, “ Reconstructing Histories: Memories, Traditions and Customs” organised by the Department of History, Tripura University, Suryamaninagar.
  18. 2012, 18th-20th January, “ Gendered Constructs in Meghalaya: Its still a Man’s World” in International Seminar, “ Changing Patriarchies and Gendered Constructs: Gender History in Northeast India,” organised by the Department of History, Assam University, Silchar in collaboration with Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata, Indian Council of Historical Research, NERC, Guwahati, Indian Council of Social Science Research, NERC, Shillong.
  19. 2011, 21st -22nd October, “ Impact of Marriage on Career and Profession” in National Roving Workshop, “ Women in Scientific Research_ Examining the Challenges and Identifying their Needs” organised by National Council for Science and Technology Communication, DST, New Delhi, Indian Council of Social Science Research, NorthEastern Regional Centre, Shillong and coordinated by Department of Chemistry, Nagaland University, Lumami.
  20. 2011, 27th-28th September, “ Medicine and Health in Meghalaya: A Historical Perspective” in National Seminar, “Medical History of North East India” organised by Department of History, Assam University,Diphu Campus and Indian Council for Historical Research, New Delhi and indian Council of Social Science Research, NERC, Shillong.
  21. 2010, 24th- 25th November, ‘Khasi-Jaintia Women: Evolution and impact of Ideas’ in National Seminar, “Towards an Intellectual History of North East India: Pre to Post Colonial Period” sponsored by UGC-SAP-DSA and ICHR, Deptt. Of History, NEHU,Shillong.
  22. 2011. 14th-16th February,  No Labour, No Battle : A Re-look at the Khasi-Jaintia and Garo Labour Corps of World War 1’ in 31st Session, North East India History Association, Don Bosco, Tura

Any Other:

  • 2019. Keynote Address, “ History and Intellectual Property Rights”   in One Day National Workshop, “ Intellectual Property Rights,” organized by Dept. of History, Pragjyotish College, Guwahati. 19.6.2019.
  • 2018,  Delivered a talk, “ Gender History : Ramifications in Meghalaya”  organized by Dept of History,  St Mary’s College, Shillong.
  • 2018,  30th November,  Resource Person, “ History of Natural Disasters- A Case Study of Khasi-Jaintia Hills” organized by Dept of Adult and Continuing Education, N.E.H.U.
  • 2018,  Resource Person, “Feminism” in  Dept of History , St Mary’s College, Shillong.
  • 2017,  3rd November: Resource Person in Workshop,  Tirot Sing Festival,  Nongkhlaw. “ Tirot Sing, Freedom Fighter, Some Insights”.
  • 2015, February,  International Girl Child Day, Government of Meghalaya, conducted by Meghalaya State Social Welfare Board at Community Centre, Khliehriat,  Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya, on February, 2015  “ Legislation and the Girl Child.”
  • 2011. Chief Guest delivering the 2nd Marjorie and Richard Miranda Memorial Lecture on ‘Social Work and its response to Social Injustices’ in St. Edmund’s College, Shillong, organized by the Deptt. Of Social Work, on 16th May 2011 at 2pm.
  • Editorial Board of Annual Report till date.
  • Served as Member, Governing Body, of colleges in Shillong and suburbs,
  • Member, NEHU Flying Squad.
  • Coordinator, Deptt. Of History, National Seminar” Interpreting Historical Developments  in North East India: A Gender Perspective”,  26th and 27th February 2009