SSAMIC Conference 2018 by Thomas Groves

The 5th Social Sciences, Arts and Media International Conference


I recently participated in the 5th Social Sciences, Arts and Media International Conference, 14-15 June 2018 ( The conference was hosted by Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok and organized in collaboration with Burapha University, Ubon Ratchathani University, College of the Holy Spirit Manila (Philippines), Dali University (China), Illinois State University (USA), Indonesia Institute of the Arts - Yogyakarta (Indonesia), University of Essex (UK), University of Missouri - St. Louis (USA) and Virginia Tech University (USA). Every year the objective of SSAMIC is to bring together academics, artists and culture industry specialists and to provide them with a platform for discussions and cultural exchange.

On the second day the “Creative Work Exhibition” section counted well over forty visual art presentations and art performances. I presented his photographic art work entitled “Long Wa: The Last of the Head Hunters” to a crowd of appreciative conference attendees. He explained a series of his photographs that document the last living head hunters of Nagaland (North-East India), whereby the medium used was intended to capture a moment in time to help preserve a disappearing culture.

This opportunity to network with researchers and artists from Thailand and abroad and to engage in thought-provoking discussions. Their papers are currently undergoing peer review and will be published in the proceedings made available on the conference website in September.

PechaKucha Accra by Thomas Groves


It has been a busy September! I have been invited to participate at PechaKucha Accra!!! The first PechaKucha Night was held in Tokyo in February, 2003 and encourages creativity and sharing of ideas. PechaKucha now takes place in 900 cities around the world.

Vol. 3 PechaKucha Accra will be their Photography Edition and I have been invited to share my work of the Headhunters of Nagaland. 

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Campus Thought Leadership Seminar by Thomas Groves

Had a great session discussing social media pros and cons for businesses at the recent Campus Thought Leadership Seminar. ‘Evolution of WhatsApp as a business Tool’ was our main topic but the discussion ventured off into all forms of new media. It was a great please to talk with speakers Francis Kofigah, CEO Dough Man Foods, and Kojo Nyame Biney, Co-Head, Online Digital Marketing, Ringier Ghana( Very interesting to see how new media is used in other countries. A special thank you to the outstanding moderator Desmond Frimpong, Writer (Business Insider SSA), for the great follow up topics and often keeping us inline. 

Webster’s Thomas Groves Documents the Headhunters Of Nagaland by Thomas Groves

The Youngest Head Hunter - Long Wa, India. One of the youngest head hunters poses for his picture. He prides him self in being in shape and always being sharply dressed. Image - Thomas Groves

The Youngest Head Hunter - Long Wa, India. One of the youngest head hunters poses for his picture. He prides him self in being in shape and always being sharply dressed. Image - Thomas Groves

Mr. Groves’ incredible photographs capture the beauty and strength of this fascinating group of people.
— Webster University Thailand

The Headhunters of Nagaland by Thomas Groves

In the north east of India, bordering with Myanmar, is the city of Long Wa which is home to the last living headhunters of Nagaland. These older tattooed men are surrounded by green forests prosperous with nature and who live a traditional way of life.
— Thomas Groves

Recently I published an article in Expat Life in Thailand about my trip to Long Wa, India. In Long Wa I photographed some of the last living head hunters in this area. My images reflect that these men are ordinary men who hold great respect amongst their community. 

Staying with these men for 11 days was an amazing experience which opened my eyes to a culture which is quickly fading away. Long Wa is located on the border between India and Myanmar. The people are strong and very open but also very curious as not many outside visitors stop by or stay for a long period of time. 

To read the full article on Expat Life in Thailand please click here

Booze Bruise Campaign Delivers Positive Change by Thomas Groves

Very proud of my INTM 2350 Digital Production students for the unique approach to solving a serious issue. Pema Tshoki and Sunee Chaemprem developed a PSA to raise awareness about a serious problem unfortunately taking place all over the world. After mush research they decided to aim their campaign towards students aged 18-21 with the slogan "[d]rink responsibly, limit your alcohol before it limits you".  After running the campaign they did follow up research and shared their findings in a final presentation. Congratulations Pema and Sunee!

To read the article written by Webster University please click here