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Dr. Rusievan Shangpliang

Assistant Professor
  • Address:

    Mawlai Mawroh, Shillong

  • Contact:

    6909645197
    rusievanshangpliang@gmail.com

Qualification

Ph.D


Dr. RUSIEVAN SHANGPLIANG, M.A., Ph. D.

Joining date: 24/03/2017

Ph. D Thesis entitled: “History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Khasi-Jaintia Hills”

Area of Research Interest: Culture, Identity, Historiography, Christianity, Performances & Material Culture

Awards/Recognition received:

1. Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) granted by Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), New Delhi (2012-14).

2. Ph. D. awarded by North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong (2016).

Project:

Completed a Minor Research Project on “Origin and Development of the Lyngdohship in Khasi-Jaintia Society” sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research – North Eastern Regional Centre during the year 2018-2019.

Publications:

Books:

1. History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Northeast India, DVS Publication, New Delhi-Guwahati, 2018. ISBN: 978-93-85839-28-3.

Articles:

1. “Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Khasi Hills: Need of the Hour”, in Lanukumla Ao (ed.), Historical Development in Northeast India: Trends and Perspectives, Research India Press, New Delhi, 2021, pp.132-141.

2. “Performances in Khasi-Jaintia Society in Changing Times” in Sikhamoni Konwar (ed.), Overview North East India, EBH Publishers, Guwahati, 2020, pp.127-135. ISBN: 978938881289.

3. “Lyngdohship in the Khasi-Jaintia Society: A Historical Study, Proceeding Volumes of North East India History Association, 40th Session, Karmashree Hiteshwar Saikia College, Guwahati 2019. Published Shillong, 2020, pp.260-270. ISSN 2349-753X.

4. “Symbols of Material Culture in Khasi-Jaintia Society”, in Tilok Thakuria (ed.), Perspectives on Material Cultures of Northeast India, Lakshi Publishers & Distributors, New Delhi, 2019. ISBN: 978-93-82120-56-8 (HB).

5. “Issues n Historiography: Role of a Historian”, Proceeding Volumes of North East India History Association, 38th Session, Synod College, Shillong 2018, pp.41-49. Published Shillong, 2019. ISSN 2349-753X. No.42520 in the UGC Approved List of Journals till 2019. 

6. “History Writing and Identity of the Khasi-Jaintia of Northeast India”, in Rosy Yumnam and I Amenla Changkija (eds.), Language and Discourse: Culture, Literature and Pedagogy in North East India, Magnolia Publication, Bhubaneshwar, pp. 150-166, 2018. ISBN: 9-789388-397049.

7. “Reconstructing Identity in Northeast India: A Social History of the Khasi of Meghalaya”, Proceeding Volumes of North East India History Association, 38th Session, Dakshin Kamrup Girls‟ College, Mirza, Assam, 2017, pp.470-484. Published Shillong, 2018. ISSN 2349-753X. No.42520 in the UGC Approved List of Journals till 2019.

8. “Colonial Construction of Identity and Response of the Khasi-Jaintia: Examining the Role of Education”, Spectrum - An International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Vol. 6, Issue 1, Jan-Jun 2018, pp.134-139. ISSN: 2319-6076.

9. “History and History Writing: Some Relevant Approaches”, Proceeding Volumes of North East India History Association, 37th Session, Sikkim Government College, Gangtok, 2016, pp.24-32. Published Shillong, 2017. ISSN 2349-753X. No.42520 in the UGC Approved List of Journals till 2019.

10. “Who to be blamed? Studying Cultural Change in Khasi-Jaintia Society”, Man and Society - A Journal of North-East Studies, Vol. XIII, Winter 2016, pp. 175-187. UGC CARE List Group I Journal.

11. “Identity and Cultural Formation of the Khasi: Role of the Seventh-day Adventist Church”, in Sudhir Singh (ed.), Ethnography in Northeast India & Its Surrounding, DVS Publishers, 2016, pp.111-122. ISBN 978-93-85839-02-3.

12. “Church History or Social History: Debating in the Historiography of Northeast India”, Proceeding Volumes of North East India History Association, 36th Session, Mizoram University, Aizawl, 2015, pp.44-49. Published Shillong, 2016. ISSN 2349-753X. No.42520 in the UGC Approved List of Journals till 2019.

13. “Role of Traditional Priest and Church in Khasi Society: Beyond Rites and Rituals”, Proceeding Volumes of North East India History Association, 34th Session, Manipur University, Imphal, 2013. Published Shillong, 2014, pp.541-552. ISSN 2349-753X. No.42520 in the UGC Approved List of Journals till 2019.

14. “Khasi Society: A Relook at its Traditional Religion”, in L. Hmar (ed.), Religion, Beliefs and Practices in North East India, Mittal Publication, New Delhi, 2013, pp.239-258. ISBN- 8183244246.

15. “The Seventh-day Adventist Church and Spread of Education in Khasi-Jaintia Hills”, Proceeding Volumes of North East India History Association, 33rd Session, Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar, 2012. Published Shillong, 2013, pp.633-642. ISSN 2349-753X. No.42520 in the UGC Approved List of Journals till 2019.

16. “Christian Mission History in Khasi-Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya: Seventh-day Adventist Church in Perspective”, Proceeding Volumes of North East India History Association, 3 32nd Session, Tripura University, Agartala, 2011. Published Shillong, 2012. pp. 421-421. ISSN 2349-753X. No.42520 in the UGC Approved List of Journals till 2019. 

Translation:

1. “Ka Jingjop jong ka APHLC”, in Bindo Mathew Lanong, Golden Meghalaya, published by the author, Shillong, 2022, pp.221-229.

Magazine & Souvenir:

1. “Students and Modern Technology” in College Magazine 2017, Synod College, Shillong, pp.36-37.

Presentation (National/International Seminars and Conferences):

(a) International:

1. “Cultural Traditions and Identity among the Khasi of Meghalaya”, paper presented at the International Seminar on “Safeguarding Tribal Identity: Concept and Implications” organised by the Department of Sociology, Synod College, Shillong. 9-10 October 2021.

2. “Socio-Cultural Significance of Water in Khasi Society”, paper presented at the International Seminar on „Understanding Water Crisis: The Way Forward”, 6-7 June 2019, Synod College, Shillong.

3. “A Relook at Education and Social Change in Khasi-Jaintia Society”, paper presented at the International Seminar on Understanding the Tribes of Asia, Dept. of Education and Dept. of History, Synod College, 3- 4 Nov, 2016, Synod College, Shillong.

4. “Khasi Matrilineal System: the Backbone of Khasi Culture”, paper presented at the International Conference on “Negotiating Ethnicity: Politics and Display of Cultural Identities in Northeast India”, 4-6 July, 2013, Vienna, Austria.

5. “Identity and Cultural Formation of the Khasi-Jaintia of Northeast India: Role of Seventhday Adventist Church”, paper presented at the Sixth Biennial International Conference of IAAPS, University of Calcutta, December 17-19, 2012.

(b) National:

6. “Lyngdohship in the Khasi-Jaintia Society: A Historical Study”, paper presented at the 40th Annual Conference of North East India History Association (NEIHA), Karmashree Hiteshwar Saikia College, Guwahati. 24-26 October 2019.

7. “Visualising and Understanding the Past: Museums in Northeast India”, paper presented at the National Seminar on Contesting the Site of Sights: The Discourse of Visual Media Cultures with reference to Northeast India, EFL University, Shillong Campus, 10-11th June, 2019. 

8. “Cultural and Environmental Heritage in Northeast India: a Glimpse”, paper presented at Two Days National Seminar on Historical Development in North-East India: Trends and Perspectives Department of History, Don Bosco College, Kohima, 16 & 17 November 2018.

9. “Abused and Misused: Situating „Historical Negationism‟ in Northeast India”, paper presented at the 39th Annual Conference of North East India History Association (NEIHA), Synod College, Shillong, 1-3 November 2018.

10. “Symbols of Material Culture in Khasi-Jaintia Society”, paper presented at the ICHR Sponsored National Conference on “Perspectives on Material Cultures in Northeast India”, organized by the Department of History and Archaeology, North- Eastern Hill University, Tura Campus, Meghalaya, 22-23 March 2018.

11. “Cultural Performances and Social Identity of the Khasi-Jaintia of Meghalaya”, paper presented at the 78th Session of the Indian History Congress, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, 28-30 December 2017.

12. “Oral History: A Dialogue in Social History”, paper presented at the Third Biennial Conference of Oral History Association of India (OHAI), On Public Memory and Oral History organized by Oral History Association of India in collaboration with Department of History, Gauhati University, Guwahati, 13-14 November 2017.

13. “Reconstructing Identity in Northeast India: A Social History of the Khasi of Meghalaya”, paper presented at the 38th Annual Conference of North East India History Association (NEIHA), Dakshin Kamrup Girls‟ College, Mirza, Assam, 2-4 October 2017.

14. “Autonomy Issues in Meghalaya in the Context of Khasi-Garo Relations”, paper presented at the National Seminar on “Autonomy, Self-Determination and Sovereignty as Tools for Peace”, North Eastern Social Research Centre, Guwahati, 17-18 Dec, 2016.

15. “History and History Writing: Some Relevant Thoughts”, paper prepared at the 37th Annual Conference of North East India History Association (NEIHA), Sikkim University, Gangtok, 10-12 Nov, 2016.

16. “History Writings on Identity in Northeast India: Reflections on the Khasi Society”, paper presented at the National Seminar on “Tribals in the Contemporary Context: Myriad Perspectives from North-East India” Department of Anthropology, SCC, Ziro. ICSSR, IGRMS, & AnSI, 9-10 April, 2016, SCC, Ziro, Arunachal Pradesh.

17. “Performances in Khasi-Jaintia Society in Changing Times”, paper presented at the National Seminar “Re-interpretations of the Past: The Discourse of Cultural Identity in South Asia”, Dept. of English, N.E.H.U., Shillong, 17-18 March, 2016.

18. “Church History or Social History: Debating in the Historiography of northeast India”, paper presented at the Thirty Sixth Annual Conference of North East India History Association (NEIHA), Mizoram University, Aizawl, 18-20 Nov, 2015.  

19. “Who should We Blame? Cultural Change in Khasi-Jaintia Society”, paper presented at the 1st Triennial Conference “Christianity and Culture in North East India”, 7-9 May, 2014, at Aizawl Theological College, Durtlang, Aizawl.

20. “Role of Traditional Priest and Church in Khasi Society: Beyond Rites and Rituals”, paper presented at the 33rd Annual Conference of North East India History Association (NEIHA), Manipur University, Imphal, 11-13 Nov, 2013.

21. “Religious and Social Life of the Khasi and the Role of the Lyngdoh”, paper presented at the National Seminar on Changing Relationship between Religion and Society in North East India, Department of History, Dibrugarh University, 9 Nov, 2012.

22. “Culture and Conversion: A Debate on the Impact of Christianity on Khasi Society”, paper presented at the National Seminar on “Understanding Religion and Society of North East India”, Department of History, Dibrugarh University, 28-29, September, 2012.

23. “The Seventh-day Adventist Church and Spread of Education in Khasi-Jaintia Hills”, paper presented at the Annual Conference of North East India History Association (NEIHA), Thirty Third Session, Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh, 1-3 Nov, 2012.

24. “Christian Mission History in Khasi-Jaintia Hills of Meghalaya: Seventh-day Adventist Church in Perspective”, paper presented for 32nd Annual Conference of North East India History Association (NEIHA), Tripura University, Agartala, 17-19 Nov. 2011.

(c) Webinar:

1. “Heritage in Meghalaya: An Analysis”, paper presented at the Webinar “A retrospection into Meghalaya‟s 50 years Journey of Statehood” organised by the Centre for Historical Research Synod College, Shillong on the 21-22 October 2021.

Talks/ Lectures Delivered:

1. Special Lecture on “Lesser Known Places of the Khasi Resistance against the British 1829-33” organized by North-Eastern Hill University, 75 Years of India‟s Independence Celebration Committee, NEHU, Shillong, 29th Oct 2021.

2. Special Lecture on “Socio-Cultural Change in Khasi Society: A Historical Analysis” at The English and Foreign Languages University, Shillong Campus, 2nd May 2019.

3. Lecture on “India‟s Struggle for Independence” as part of the Independence Day Celebration organized by Khrawsing Christian College, Mawngap, 15th Aug 2017.

Courses attended: 

1. Orientation Programme, History organised by UGC Human Resource Development Centre NEHU, Shillong 15/01/2018 to 11/02/2018

2. Refresher Course in History organised by UGC Human Resource Development Centre NEHU, Shillong, from 05/10/2020 to 18/10/2020.

h. Other Academic Programs attended:

1. 1 st Series of Lectures, Centre for Historical Research, Synod College, 19th Jan 2021.

2. Faculty Development Programme on “Virtual Classroom. The New Reality: Opportunities and Challenges”, organised by IQAC, Synod College, Shillong on 20th Nov 202.

3. Faculty Development Programme on the 21st February 2020 organised by Synod College Shillong.

4. Special Lecture by Prof. David R. Syiemlieh on the 27th September 2019, organised by Synod College Shillong.

5. Workshop on “Academic Writing and Publication” organised by Research Cell, IQAC, Synod College, Shillong on 30th April 2019.

Members of Committees, Cells, Academic Bodies, etc.:

1. Member of Organising Committee for the International Seminar, Department of Economics, Synod College, Shillong, 16-17, Mar 2018.

2. Member of Organising Committee for the National Seminar, Department of Sociology, Synod College, Shillong, 4-5 Sep 2017.

3. Member of Organising Committee of the 39th Annual Conference of North East India History Association (NEIHA), Synod College, Shillong, 1-3 Nov 2018.

4. Member Organising Committee - 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

5. Member Organising Committee - International Seminar, Department of English, Synod College, Shillong, 6-7 Nov 2019.

6. Member of Working Committee – Centre for Historical Research, Synod College.

7. Member Organising Committee – 75th Anniversary of India‟s Freedom 2021-2022, Synod College, Shillong.

8. Member Examination Cell, Synod College, Shillong 2020-till date.

9. Supervisor, Examination Cell, Synod College, 2018-till date

10. NSS Programme Officer, Synod College, Shillong Unit 2018-2021.

11. Treasurer and Life Member, North-East India History Association (NEIHA).

12. Executive Member, Church History Association of India (CHAI), North-East Zone. 2014- 2017.

13. Annual Member, Indian History Congress, 2017-2018.

. Programs organised as Programme Officer, NSS Synod College Unit Shillong (2018-2021)

1. The Blood Donation Camp in collaboration with Dr. H. Gordon Robert Hospital, Shillong in the college campus on 1st December 2021.

2. The NSS Orientation Programme in the college campus on 29th November 2021.

3. The NSS Volunteers Recruitment Drive, National Service Scheme (NSS), Synod College Unit, Shillong, 24th to 25th November 2021.

4. The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Pledge (Online) on 2nd Oct 2021. 

5. The Van Mohotsav, National Service Scheme (NSS), Synod College Unit, Shillong on 7 th July 2021.

6. The NSS Volunteers Recruitment Drive, National Service Scheme (NSS), Synod College Unit, Shillong, 24th to 25th February 2021.

7. The Online Painting Competition. Theme: “Impact of Covid-19 Pandemic on Students” on 2 nd October 2020.

8. The Six-days Special Camp at Umdihar village, Ri-Bhoi District from 24th to 29th February 2020.

9. The a One-Day Cleaning Drive at Smit village on 8th November 2019.

10. The One-Day Orientation Program for new NSS recruits, Conference Hall, Synod College, Shillong, on 1st November 2019.

11. The Painting and Sketching Competition in the College to commemorate the International Peace Day by the NSS Synod College Unit on 17th October 2019.

12. The Awareness Program-cum-Cleaning Drive, NSS Synod College Unit at Laitkroh village on 2nd October 2019.

13. The Tree Plantation Program (Van Mohatsav Week), NSS Synod College Unit at Umdihar village on 22ndAugust 2019.

14. The Swatchta Pakhwada Program, NSS Synod College Unit at Umdihar Village on 9th August 2019.

15. The Tree Plantation Program, NSS Synod College Unit at Laitkroh village, East Khasi Hills on 5th June 2019.

16. The Cleaning Drive, NSS Synod College Unit in the College campus on 3rd June 2019.

17. The One-Day Voluntary Blood Donation program, NSS Synod College Unit in collaboration with Dr. H. Gordon Roberts Hospital, Blood Bank Unit on 28th March, 2019 Shillong held in the Conference Hall, Synod College.

18. The Painting and Sketching Competition, NSS Synod College Unit during the College Week on 7th February 2019 on the theme “Conservation of the environment”.

19. The Poster Campaign, NSS Synod College Unit on 30th November 2018 to observe the World Aids Day.

20. The One Day Cleaning Drive, NSS Synod College Unit at Smit village on 13th November 2018.

21. The Cleaning Drive, NSS Synod College Unit along with the History Club in the College campus on 30th October 2018.

Other programs organized/In-charge/attended/participated

1. Organised the Special Lecture, Department of History, Synod College, Shillong, on 29th Jul 2019.

2. Organised a Career Guidance Program, Dept. of History, Synod College, Shillong on the 04th April 2018.

3. In-Charge of Debate & Literary in the College 2018-20. 

4. In-Charge of Badminton (Men & Women) for the session 2017-18

5. Judge in the Debate Competition (English), College Week Synod College, Shillong, October, 2022.

6. Judge in the Debate Competition, Two-days Literary Festival “Ithaka” organised by the Department of English, Synod College, Shillong on 04th Aug 2022.

7. Judge in the Oriental Singing Competition, College Week 2019, Synod College, Shillong.

8. Judge in the Extempore and Cosplay/Story Telling Competition, Creation Week, St. Edmund‟s School, Shillong, 22nd Jul 2019.

9. Judge in the Debate Competition, College Week Synod College, Shillong November 2017.