Hutton Lectures

Founded in 2013, the Highland Institute’s year-end Hutton Lectures symposium is funded through the generous support of private donors, and governmental and non-governmental institutions alike. It is organised in collaboration with institutions of both national and international repute. Partners have included the Department of Art and Culture, Government of Nagaland; the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge University, UK; the Ethnological Museum of Berlin and University of Tübingen, Germany; the University of Oxford, UK; the Centre for South Asian Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland; University of Trømso (UiT) – The Arctic University of Norway; North East Forum (NEF) and Centre for Community Knowledge at Ambedkar University Delhi; and the Google Cultural Institute.

The Highland Institute has also used the Hutton Lectures to stimulate interest in ethnographic research through the launch of various competitions in ethnographic writing, film, and published monographs. Prize monies are pooled from donations given primarily by local donors.

Hutton Lectures 2019

The 2019 Hutton Lectures saw another cohort of local and international speakers visit Kohima. The keynote was delivered by our long time friend and collaborator Dharam Singh Teron. He spoke about his work with Michael Heneise as they recorded and…

Hutton Lectures 2018

We warmly invite scholars conducting research in the eastern Himalayan region to submit papers for our Sixth Annual Hutton Lectures symposium, to be held on the 3rd and 4th of December at the Highland Institute, Nagaland. The papers should relate…

Hutton Lectures 2017

2017 Hutton Lectures 2nd December, 4 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. The Highland Institute, Meluri Road, Ziekezu P. Khel, Kohima Village, Nagaland Dr. Peter J. Matthews, Ethnobotanist National Museum of Ethnology, Japan Lecture: “Exploring the origins of taro in Asia and…

Hutton Lectures 2016

The Highland Institute, on December 8th and 9th (2016), hosted the fourth annual Hutton Lecture and symposium on the theme ‘Indigenous Knowledge‘. The event was co-organised with Ambedkar University’s North East Forum (NEF), and Centre for Community Knowledge (CCK), in partnership with…

Hutton Lectures 2015

The third annual 2015 Hutton Lectures was held on the 5th of December, 2015 at De Oriental Grand Hotel in Kohima, with the title: ‘Handshakes with History‘, drawing on the keynote lecture’s title. The day-long symposium had two sessions: Morning…

Hutton Lectures 2014

The 2014 Hutton Lectures were held on the 3rd and 4th of December beginning at 8AM at The Heritage (Old D.C. Bungalow), Kohima; a historical space that provides a setting appropriate for the projected size of the audience as and…

Hutton Lectures 2013

The Hutton Lectures, a program of The Highland Institute aims to enable distinguished international scholars to gather, debate and contribute to the enhancement of cultural studies in and among the indigenous peoples of the Eastern Himalayan region. For the inaugural…