The aim of this magazine is to connect the communities of Hindu Kush, Himalaya, Karakorum and Pamir by providing them a common accessible platform for production and dissemination of knowledge.
If our knowledge is increasing every day (as measured by the number of research publications), why is it that we see such high levels of social and environmental injustice around the world?
This essay is based on an understanding that European colonisation was carried out through both physical and socio-semiotic violence. This socio-semiotic violence includes the formation of new concepts and categories in English, e.g., ‘country’, ‘language’, and ‘religion’; an introduction of new forms of education and literacy; and, using these categories and processes to divide up and influence peoples’ beliefs and practices. While the Europeans physically retreated from their colonies starting the middle of the 20th…
If we can learn to identify how our paradise is being kept hostage by a dependence on colonial approaches to literacy and education, then, it is possible for us to gain independence from colonial powers by developing and using alternative approaches
The unmaking of paradise: Literacy as Trojan Horse-II by: Prof Nomad Our valley changes with seasons. Each as beautiful as the other. The dynamics of landscape, of life, of beliefs keeps shifting and changing – each image a perfection in itself. Then, we see large wooden vessels floating through the oceans and arriving at the entrance to our paradise. Vessels full of humans, even if they look a bit different from the ones in paradise. Full of welcoming curiosity as ever, the valley shared all that it had. At first these…
Boli symbolised our relationships with others. Boli varied when one related with different people, beings, and non-living things; relationship to living things and relationship to places/locations
What can an alternative classificatory system and nomenclature for language look like?
Macaulay’s belief* that we “cannot at present be educated by means of mother-tongue”.
Doing Subaltern Linguistics Prof Nomad Subaltern linguistics is work that empowers local ways of being, doing, and saying by encouraging and supporting local economies, practices, projects, and resources. This work can be done by anyone and in any language/dialect. That’s because subaltern linguistics is practice; not theory. Doing subaltern linguistics is a CREDIBLE approach to research. CREDIBLE (which is an acronym, see Figure below) research enables and supports practices that bring harmony and prosperity to a community.…
Many of our current wars – including wars against neighbours and wars against groups of people within the country - are one outcome of exploitative socio-semiotic practices.