The Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya 2016

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2016 

The 2016 conference will consist of various themed panels on various social science disciplines. For the conference, proposals were initially invited either as stand-alone papers or as panels. These papers/panels were then selected by an international committee representing the five organisations. Attendance to this part of the conference is by registration only. 

A total of 60 papers were selected for this year’s conference. The list below consists of panels/papers that have confirmed their participation. Please click on the paper title to read the abstract. A detailed schedule will be uploaded closer to the conference date.

PANEL PRESENTATIONS
SN Presenter Paper Title Panel Title
1. Ajapa Sharma
Candidate for MPhil in Modern Indian History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
Becoming Nepali: Projects of Self- Making in the Writings of Laxmiprasad Devkota, Balkrishna Sama and Bisweshwor Prasad Koirala TBD
2. Alba Castellsagué
PhD Candidate, Socio‐Cultural Anthropology, Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona (UAB)
Schooling, Gender and Mobility in Nepal: At The Crossroads towards Development? TBD
3. Amar BK
Ph.D. Student, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Addressing Dalits’ Demands in Nepal’s new Constitution Marginalized Groups and the New Constitution of Nepal
 4. Andrew Haxby
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.PhD, Anthropology. (Expected)
Transparency and Disaster: Tales from the Reconstruction of Post-Earthquake Nepal TBD
 5. Ashley Hagaman
PhDCandidate, Anthropology and Global Health, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZSeema KhadkaResearch Associate for Ashley K Hagaman, MPH, PHDc, Fulbright Research Fellow, USEF-Nepal
Ethnopsychology, Perceived Etiologies, and Attitudes of Suicide in Nepal TBD
 6. Babika Khawas
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of North Bengal
Plantation Patriarchy and Women Workers in the Himalayas: Experiences from Darjeeling Sikkim Himalayas TBD
 7. Balram Uprety
Assistant Professor of English, St. Joseph’s College, Darjeeling, India
“Aren’t we too wheels of this nation-chariot?”: Orature as an Alternative ‘Her-story’ of the Nation TBD
 8. Bandita Sijapati
Research Director, Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility, Social Science BahaJeevan BaniyaResearcher, Social Science BahaNeha Choudhary& Ashim Bhattarai
Research Associate, Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility, Social Science Baha
Health Worker Migration from Nepal Evaluating the Impact of Migration in Nepal
 9.
Bandita Sijapati
Research Director, Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility, Social Science Baha

Sambriddhi Kharel
Researcher, Social Science BahaAnish BhandariResearch Associate, Social Science Baha,Ashim Bhattarai
Research Associate, Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility, Social Science Baha
 10. Bryony Ruth Whitmarsh
PhD Candidate, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Gantantra Smarak (Republic Memorial): The Politics of Memory TBD
 11.
Claire Martinus
Pedagogic Assistant, Anthropology and Sociology, UMONS-ESHS
TBD
 12. Courtney Welton-Mitchel
Director, Humanitarian Assistance Applied Research Group Josef Korbel School of International Studies University of Denver (DU), Denver, COShree Niwas KhanalProgram Coordinator, Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO), NepalJames E. Leah
Research Associate, Natural Hazards Center, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Results from Disaster Mental Health Intervention Research with Earthquake and Flood affected Communities in Nepal: Enhancing well-being and Increasing Engagement in Disaster Preparedness TBD
 13. Dambar Chemjong
Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, Cornell University and Lecturer, Tribhuvan
Indigenous Peoples and the New Constitution of Nepal: Quest for an Inclusive Constitution Marginalized Groups and the New Constitution of Nepal
14. Gaurav Lamichhane
MA South Asian Studies, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
State Recognition and Emerging Trends of Modernization of Tibetan Medicine in Nepal TBD
15. Ian Gibson
Adjunct Professor of Global Studies, Department of History and Global Studies, Abilene Christian University
Healing, Ethics, and Eschatology in Bhaktapurian Christianity TBD
16. Ivan Deschenaux
PhD. Candidate, Department of Social Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Impossible Mixing: Dalits and Inter-caste Marriage in Nepal TBD
17. Jeevan Sharma
Lecturer, South Asia and International Development, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
How does a case become a ‘Case’?Understanding Torture and Ill TreatmentHow does a case become a ‘Case’?Understanding Torture and Ill Treatment Documentation in Nepal TBD
18.
Jessica DiCarlo
Master of Development Practice, University of California, Berkeley (Expected)

Katie Epstein

Masters of Arts in Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley (Expected)
TBD
19.
Kalyan Bhandari
Lecturer in Events, Hospitality and Tourism at the University of West of Scotland, UK
TBD
20.
Kamryn Warren

PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Connecticut

TBD 
21.
Kanako Nakagawa
Research Fellow, Japan Society for Promotion of Science, Graduate School of Asia African Area Studies, Kyoto University
TBD 
22. Kapil Dahal
Lecturer, Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Tribhuwan University

Ian Harper
Professor of Anthropology of Health and Development, School of Social and Political Science, University of EdinburghSushil BaralExecutive Director, HERD, KathmanduRekha Khatri
Qualitative Research Manager, HERD Kathmandu
The Global Fund in Nepal New Norms and Forms of Development: Following Financial and Technical Assistance in The Health Sector in Nepal
23.
Krista Billingsley
Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Transitional Justice in Nepal: Dynamic Perspectives on Justice and Reconciliation TBD
24. Kumar Chhetri
Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Doctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology, University of North Bengal, Darjeeling, India
Gender Dimension of the Gorkhaland Movement TBD
25. Layne Mayard
PhD Candidate, School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds, UK
Implications of the Relationships between the Environment and Religious Culture of the Tibetan Buddhist Hidden Land known as the Pemakö TBD
26.
Lokranjan Parajuli
Senior Researcher and Head, Publications, Martin Chautari
TBD 
27.
Madhu Giri
Teaching Faculty, Central Department of Anthropology, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur
TBD
28.
Mahendra Lawoti
Professor, Department of Political Science, Western Michigan University
29.
Mangesh Angdembe
Project Coordinator, Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO)‐Nepal,Kohrt BrandonAssistant Professor of Psychiatry, Global Health, and Anthropology,Mark JordansDirector, War Child Holland, Department of Research and DevelopmentDamodar RimalSenior Officer/Research, Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO) NepalNagendra Prasad Luitel
Research Manager, Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO)-­Nepal
 30.
Manoj Suji
Research Assistant, Social Science Baha
TBD
31.
Miranda Weinberg

PhD Candidate, Educational Linguistics & Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania

TBD
32.
Nar Bahadur Saud
Masters in Conflict Peace and Development Studies (MA), Tribhuwan University
TBD 
33.
Nawaraj Upadhaya
PhD Candidate, Health Systems, Utretch University, the Netherlands & Emerald Project Coordinator, Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO), Nepal
TBD 
34.
Neha Choudhary
Research Associate, Center for the Study of Labour and Mobility (CESLAM)
TBD 
35.
Noah Coburn
Faculty Member, Bennington College

Dawa Tshering Sherpa
Research Assistant, Centre for Study of Labour and Mobility (CESLAM), Social Science Baha,
Nepal

36.
Prabin Nanicha Shrestha
Junior Research Fellow, Nepa School of Social Sciences and Humanities
TBD 
37.
Prabin Nanicha Shrestha
Junior Research Fellow, Nepa School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Darshana Shakya
Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Executive, LEAD International Pvt. Ltd., NepalSamyam Shrestha
Assistant Researcher, Interdisciplinary Analysts, Patan Dhoka, Nepal
TBD 
38. Prasansa Subba
Masters of Philosophy, Public Mental Health, Expected graduation 2016 University of Cape Town & Research Officer, Transcultural Psychosocial OrganizationNagendra Prasad LuitelResearch Manager, Transcultural Psychosocial Organization (TPO), NepalMark JordansDirector, War Child Holland, Department of Research and DevelopmentKohrt Brandon
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Global Health, and Anthropology
Narrative Approaches for Community Detection of Mental Health Problems in Chitwan, Nepal The Use of Social Sciences Methods in Mental Health Research and Intervention Design in Nepal
39.
Radha Adhikari
Research Fellow, School of Health in Social Science, University of EdinburghObindra Bahadur Chand
Research Associate, Social Science Baha
40. Rajen Upadhyay
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Namchi Government College, South Sikkim
Hidden transcripts in Nepali Folksongs during Sikkimese Feudalism’ TBD 
41.
Rakesh Prasad
Ph.D. Candidate, Political Geography Division, Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Nepali Immigrants of Uttarakhand: Construction of Sense of Place TBD 
42.
Ramji Prasad Adhikari
Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities and Social Engineering, Pokhara UniversityRishikesh Pandey
PhD Candidate, The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
Not the Women but their Remittance Contribution is Acknowledged: Women Labour Migration and their Exclusion in Nepal TBD 
 43.
Rashmi Upadhyay
Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, NEHU and Aarhus University, Denmark
TBD 
 44. Rishikesh Pandey
School of Development and Social Engineering, Faculty of Social Sciences, Pokhara University, Lekhnath, Kaski
Climate change and Society: Their Interactions in the Trans-Himalaya (Upper-Mustang) Nepal TBD 
 45.
Ruja Pokhrel
Research Officer, Emerald Project, Cross Country Research Project funded by EU) at (Transcultural Psychosocial Organization) NepalNawaraj Upadhaya,
Mark J.D. Jordans,
Dristy Gurung,
Ramesh P. Adhikari,
Inge Peterson

Ivan H. Komproe

TBD 
46.
Sambriddhi Kharel
Researcher, Social Science Baha

Ang Sanu Lama
Research Associate, Social Science Baha
47.
Samuele Poletti
Ph.D. Candidate, Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh
TBD 
48.
Sanjaya Mahato
PhD Candidate, Graduate School for Social Research (GSSR), Institute of Philosophy and Sociology – Polish Academic of Sciences (IFiSPAN) Warsaw, Poland
TBD 
49.
Sauharda Rai
Research Associate, Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), Duke UniversityKohrt Brandon
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Global Health, and Anthropology
50.
Shiv Raj Adhikari
Associate Professor, Tribhuwan University, Nepal
51.
Soni Khanal & Dawa Tshering Sherpa
Research Assistant, Centre for Study of Labour and Mobility (CESLAM), Social Science Baha, Nepal
TBD
52.
Sujeet Karn
Part-Time Lecturer, Social Work Program, Tribhuvan University
TBD
53.
Susan Clarke
General Practitioner,

Westlakes Medical Centre

TBD
54.
Swatahasiddha Sarkar
Assistant Professor, Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of North Bengal.
TBD
55.
Swatahsiddha Sarkar
Assistant Professor, Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of North BengalBabika Khawas
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of North Bengal
Locating Nepal in Indian Sociology and Social anthropology: Mapping the Research Highways from India to Nepal TBD
56.
Sweta Baniya
Masters of Philosophy in English, Tribhuvan University (Ongoing)
TBD
57.
Tek Bahadur Dong
M. Phil. Anthropology, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur (Ongoing)
TBD
58.
Thakur Prasad Bhatta
PhD Candidate, Kathmandu University, School of Education
TBD
59.
Vibha Arora
Associate Professor, Sociology and Social Anthropology, IIT Delhi
TBD
60.
Young Hoon Oh
PhD Candidate, Cultural Anthropology, University of California, Riverside
TBD