A new visibility and an amplified resonance have recently marked the predicament of tribal India. The category of indigeneity has begun to elicit an intellectual theorization located at the crossroads of diverse disciplinary fields, spanning social sciences, literary criticism, media and artistic studies. Peoples who define themselves in terms of free access to natural resources, communitarian knowledges and place-based solidarities, are seen in their challenge to the narrations both of the colonial and the postcolonial state. Their presence in modernizing, increasingly anglophone, India is disturbing the logic of neoliberal globalization no less than that of liberal citizenship.

   Problematic as it is to bring together under the label ‘Adivasi’ a very heterogeneous corpus of cultural manifestations we have tentatively used this label as a working functional umbrella in order to, however partially, contribute to the mapping of the complex reality of tribal India.

Out of Hidden India.
Adivasi Histories, Stories, Visual Arts and Performances
Vol. 19, n. 1 (2015)
Editors: Rossella Ciocca and Sanjukta Das Gupta
A double blind peer-reviewed journal, published twice a year by Università degli studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”'
Abstract Textures

Abstract Textures

Example of Adivasi Art

Example of Adivasi Art

Gond painting (pattern)

Gond painting (pattern)

Example of Warli Art (Warli horse)

Example of Warli Art (Warli horse)

Example of Adivasi art.

Example of Adivasi art.

Rossella Ciocca and Sanjukta Das Gupta

Introduction. Out of Hidden India: Adivasi Histories, Stories, Visual Arts and Performances


Table of Contents

From the field: cultural activism and ecocritical perspectives

Felix Padel

Ecocritical Perspectives on Adivasi Destiny: Past, Present and Ancient Futures?

Rossella Ciocca and Ganesh N. Devy

Beyond Cultural Aphasia: A Conversation with Ganesh Devy on Indian Adivasis

Between rite and art. Performing languages of indigeneity

Marine Carrin

Performing Indigeneity on a Sacred Hill, Logo Buru

Mara Matta

The Khasi New Wave: Addressing Indigenous Issues from a Literary and Cinematic Perspective

Tehezeeb Moitra

Terra Firma and Fluid Spaces: Warli Painting from the Neolithic to the Postmodern

Exploring gender politics

Giuseppe De Riso

Of Smoke and Mirrors: Adivasi Women in Postcolonial India

Sanjukta Das Gupta

Custom, Rights and Identity: Adivasi Women in Eastern India

Re-assessing colonial and postcolonial histories and anthropologies

Shashank S. Sinha

Culture of Violence or Violence of Cultures? Adivasis and Witch-hunting in Chotanagpur

Peter B. Andersen

Interpreting the Santal Rebellion: From 1855 till the End of the Nineteenth Century

Daniel J. Rycroft

Locating Adivasi Politics: Aspects of ‘Indian’ Anthropology after Birsa Munda


Amit Prakash, Imran Amin, Rukmani, Elida K. U. Jacobsen

Homogenising Discourses of Governance: Identity and Autonomy in Jharkhand

Stefano Beggiora

The End of Time in Adivasi Traditions or the Time of the End for Adivasi Traditions?


Mario Prayer

Lata Singh and Biswamoy Pati, eds., Colonial and Contemporary Bihar and Jharkhand (Delhi: Primus Books, 2014)

Emilio Amideo

Megan Moodie, We Were Adivasis: Aspiration in an Indian Scheduled Tribe (Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2015)

Daniela Vitolo

David Waterman, Where Worlds Collide. Pakistani Fiction in the New Millennium (Karachi: Oxford U. P., 2014)

Tamara Iaccio

Valérie Baisnée, “Through the long corridor of distance”: Space and Self in Contemporary New Zealand Women’s Autobiographies (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2014)

Notes on Contributors

Abstract Textures

Example of Gond ceramic art. Image originally available at http://www.craftcanvas.com/shop/gond-ceramic-tiles-abstract-textures_1. You can read more about this project at http://dicrc.in/Innovation-Fellowship.

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