Dr Arkotong Longkumer (PhD)

Lecturer in Religious Studies


My research and teaching interests lie in the intersection between indigenous religions, Hinduism and local Christianities in South and Southeast Asia. I am also interested in theory and method in the study of religions, and its interface between the different disciplines of religious studies, anthropology, and history.



Responsibilities & affiliations

External appointments

Advisory Board:


South Asianist

Undergraduate teaching

Contemporary Hindu Traditions

Religion and Nationalism

Global Religions

Anthropology of Religions and Fieldwork Methods

Religion and Culture

Postgraduate teaching

Theory and Method in the Study of Religions

Contemporary Hindu Traditions

Religion and Nationalism

Research Methods and Fieldwork in Religion

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

Indigenous religions, contemporary Hinduism, religious reform movements (especially in South/Southeast Asia), and local Christianities.

Nationalism/transnationalism and religion; globalisation and religion; postcolonial studies (especially identity and performance); and anthropology of religion.

Borderlands and nation-states in South and Southeast Asia amongst highland communities (known as Zomia), especially the Northeast and Nagas of India.

Material culture and its relation to religious practice.  

More information about research projects by Dr Longkumer are available on his Edinburgh Research Explorer profile.


Current research interests

More information about research projects by Dr Longkumer are available on his Edinburgh Research Explorer profile.

Affiliated research centres

Research activities

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Project activity

I am working on an interdisciplinary project that investigates the relationship between religion, territory and transnationalism in South Asia and beyond, focused on three specific themes: The relationship between citizenship and religion. The proliferation of religious networks that challenge the territorial limitations of the nation-state. The current global concerns with religion and indigenous peoples, particularly centred on notions of indigenous peoples’ rights, religion, self-determination and human rights.  A major three year project funded by the Norwegian Research Council. https://www.en.uit.no/forskning/forskningsgrupper/gruppe?p_document_id=383890

View all 15 publications on Research Explorer