Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology michael.t.heneise@uit.no +4777623366 Tromsø BRELIA N 304

Michael T. Heneise

Associate Professor in Religious Studies

Job description

Michael T. Heneise is associate professor of religious studies at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, and director of the Highland Institute, Nagaland. He has conducted anthropological research in the South American Andes, and in the Indian Himalayas. His doctoral research at the University of Edinburgh explored the relationship between dreams and agency among the Nagas in the Indo-Myanmar highlands. Prior to Edinburgh he studied anthropology in Ecuador at the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO). He is co-editor of the journals Himalaya and Highlander, and operates Highlander Press.

  • Heneise, Michael. Contextualising Magic Realism in Contemporary Naga Fiction. Littcrit 2018; Volum 43 (2). ISSN 0970-8049.s 9 - 18.
  • Wouters, Jelle J. P.; Heneise, Michael. Introduction to Nagas in the 21st century. The South Asianist 2017; Volum 5 (1). ISSN 2050-487X.s 3 - 19.
  • Heneise, Michael. Making dreams, making relations: dreaming in Angami Naga society. The South Asianist 2017; Volum 5 (1). ISSN 2050-487X.s 66 - 82.
  • Heneise, Michael. Agency and Knowledge in Northeast India: The Life and Landscapes of Dreams. Routledge 2018 ISBN 9781138479647.
  • Heneise, Michael. Passing Things On: Ancestors and Genealogies in Northeast India. 2014 ISBN 9789380500812.
  • Sharma, Jeevan; Heneise, Michael T.. Editorial. Himalaya 2021; Volum 40 (2). ISSN 1935-2212.s 2 - 4.s doi: 10.2218/himalaya.2021.6580.
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    Research interests

    Heneise's main research interests include indigenous religion, ecological knowledge, ritual healing, medical pluralism, dreams, and oral epics in the Himalayas. He is also interested in the notion of Highland Asia as a new world region, and his co-edited book (with Jelle JP Wouters) The Routledge Handbook of Highland Asia (2022), is the first comprehensive and critical overview of the ethnographic and anthropological work in Highland Asia over the past half a century. The 32 chapter handbook presents Highland Asia as a world region that cuts across the traditional divides inherited from colonial and Cold War area divisions - the Indian subcontinent / South Asia, Southeast Asia, China / East Asia, and Central Asia. Heneise is also completing a book with indigenous scholar Dharamsing Teron documenting the 35-hour long Kecharhe Alun oral epic in Karbi Anglong, Northeast India. The first effort of its kind to fully record and document, translate, and publish the Kecharhe Alun, the project has involved a community of indigenous researchers in Assam, and led to renewed interest in the region in the oral epic genre. 


    As a recent arrival in Norway, Heneise mainly teaches in English, and often introduces his own anthropological work in the Himalayas in his classes. The rich cultures of the region, which is also the seat of many of the world's great religious traditions, is undergoing great transformations - ecological, political, economic, cultural - and is thus a critical region to study. 

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    BRELIA N 304

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