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A conference on North East India titled “Negotiating Ethnicity – Politics and Display of Cultural Identities in Northeast India” was opened at the Institute of Tibetan, Buddhist and South Asian Studies, Vienna University for three days on the 4, 5, 6 July 2013. Ambassador Swaminathan addressed the participants.

The Conference was organized with the support of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (Institute for Social Anthropology and Phonogrammarchiv), the Doctoral College/Initiativkolleg “Cultural Transfers and Cross-Contacts in the Himalayan Borderlands” (Austrian Science Fund and University of Vienna), the Department of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies of the University of Vienna and the Embassy of India in Vienna. The Public Diplomacy Division of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs supported the event by providing funds for logistics and honorarium for the panelists.

The conference was divided into 13 Panels with 53 participants. The chairpersons of the panels were from India, Europe, USA and Australia. The conference focused on various aspects of the culture, polity, religion, ethnic identities etc. of the North East Indian region.

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