Centre for Community Knowledge
Ambedkar University Delhi
CENTRE FOR COMMUNITY KNOWLEDGE (CCK)
Interacting with the residents of Shadi-Khampur as a part of the Delhi Citizens Memory Project
Consultations with Mao community in Mon, Nagaland, led by the field fellow, Shinwang.
Projections at Dara Shikoh library building (which is a proposed site for the Delhi Citizens Memory Museum) as a part of the Dara Shikoh Festival.
Community led annotations of Naga artefacts at the Indian Museum in Kolkata.
Projects and Research
The Centre for Community Knowledge is constantly engaged in collaborating with institutions or individuals & groups who wish to contribute in putting together myriad historical perspectives on the city of Delhi, document indigenous traditions from different parts of the country or bring focus to community knowledge as sources of historical review.
Much of the on-going work focuses on building repositories of narratives about Delhi and people's histories of the city. Various individuals and organisations have been involved in this process of documenting memories of Delhi, collecting archival artefacts & photographs that throw light on the city's evolution, or creative representations on what Delhi means to different cohorts living within its changing perimeters - whether it be through theatre groups or established government organisations like ICHR or ICSSR.All the research happening for different sub-projects on Delhi feed into each other under the larger umbrella project of Delhi Citizens Memory Project of recording 'dilliwalas' impressions and memories of the city and will eventually be housed as a part of a proposed Delhi City Museum.
CCK hosts a dynamic North East Forum (NEF) that is a voluntary congregartion of faculty, students and staff from the north-east regions. The constitution of the NEF was conceptualised with the objective of creating a platform of scholars and researchers working or interested in working in the region, to share their work and ideas.
The Community Knowledge Field Fellows initiative was started with the intention of engaging community members in producing knowledge about them. Their indigenous knowledge systems have always been written about from the historian's point of view which is biased, limited and power-ridden. The process of engaging people within the community to study, document and write some of their own histories is an important step towards democratising historical knowledge, and bringing in alternative sources and modes of study.