The Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya – Kathmandu, Nepal

Hotel Shanker, Lazimpat 27-29 July, 2020

About Conference

The Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya has been hosted by Social Science Baha since 2012 in collaboration with the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, Britain-Nepal Academic Council, the Centre for Himalayan Studies-CNRS (since 2015) & Nepal Academic Network (Japan) (since 2016). The objective of the conference is to provide a scholarly platform in Kathmandu to scholars working on various aspects of social life in Nepal and the Himalaya from the perspective of social science as well as the arts and the humanities.

Conference 2019

Panel A1 9–11 am

Urban Growth: Change and Livelihood

Opening Remarks and Chair

Krishna Adhikari, Chair, Britain–Nepal Academic Council

Discussant

Shangrila Joshi, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, USA

Thomas Robertson
Executive Director, Fulbright Nepal
Dipak Bahadur Adhikari
Lecturer of Economics, Patan Multiple Campus

Break 11–11:30 am

Panel A2 11:30 am–1:30 pm

From Epicentre to Aftermath: Ethnographic and Historical Views of Post-Earthquake Nepal (double panel)
(Convener: Jeevan Baniya, Social Science Baha)

Chair

Ramjee Parajulee, Department of Political Studies, Capilano
University, Canada

Discussant

Stefanie Lotter, Senior Teaching Fellow, SOAS, London

Philippe Le Billon
Professor, Department of Geography University of British Columbia, Canada
Manoj Suji
Research Associate, Social Science Baha
Dinesh Paudel
Assistant Professor, Department of Sustainable Development, Appalachian State University North Carolina, USA

Lunch 1:30–2:30 pm

Panel A3 2:30–4:30 pm

From Epicentre to Aftermath: Ethnographic and Historical Views of Post-Earthquake Nepal (double panel)

Chair

Nabin Rawal, Lecturer, Central Department of Anthropology,
Tribhuvan University

Discussant

Dinesh Paudel, Appalachian State University, USA

Mark Liechty
Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
John Whelpton
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Jeevan Baniya
Assistant Director, Social Science Baha
Anisha Bhattarai
Research Associate, Social Science Baha
Sita Nepali
Research Associate, Social Science Baha

Panel B1 9–11 am

Memorialising Nostalgia and Loss

Opening Remarks and Chair

Nirmal Man Tuladhar, Chair, Social Science Baha, Kathmandu,
Nepal

Discussant

Michael Hutt, Professor, SOAS, London

Bryony Whitmarsh
Associate Dean, Faculties of Creative and Cultural Industries and Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Portsmouth
Stefanie Lotter
Senior Teaching Fellow and Research Fellow, SOAS, London

Break 11–11:30 am

Panel B2 11:30 am–1:30 pm

Informed Policies: Insights and Evidence

Chair

Janak Rai, Associate Professor, Central Department of Anthropology, Tribhuvan University

Discussant

Arjun Kharel, Research Coordinator, Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility, Social Science Baha

Richard Bownas
Associate Professor, Political Science and International Affairs, University of Northern Colorado
Obindra B. Chand
Qualitative Research Officer, HERD International Kathmandu, Nepal
Shophika Regmi
Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation, HERD International
Abriti Arjyal
Research Coordinator, HERD International
Chandani Kharel
Research Manager, HERD International
Sushil C. Baral
Managing Director, HERD International
Sanjaya Mahato
Independent Researcher
Rupesh Kumar Sah
Under Secretary, Federal Parliament Secretariat Nepal
Pooja Chaudhary
Advocate affiliated with the Nepal Bar Association

Lunch 1:30–2:30 pm

Panel B3 2:30–4:30 pm

Mediating Development: Clients and Agents

Chair

Thomas Robertson, Executive Director, Fulbright Nepal

Discussant

Dannah Dennis, Hamilton College, New York

Manoj Suji & Nilima Rai
Research Associate, Social Science Baha
Sambriddhi Kharel
Independent Researcher
Shangrila Joshi
The Evergreen State College, Olympia, USA

Panel A4 9–11 am

School Education in Nepal: Planning and Practice

Chair

Dyuti Baral, Social Science Baha

Discussant

Lok Ranjan Parajuli, Senior Researcher, Martin Chautari, Kathmandu

Shak Bahadur Budhathoki
Education Coordinator, Mercy Corps Nepal
Krishna Adhikari
Britain–Nepal Academic Council (BNAC), UK
Gopal Nepali
Samata Foundation, Lalitpur
David N. Gellner
Professor, University of Oxford
Toya Nath Bhattarai
PhD Candidate, Kathmandu University

Break 11–11:30 am

Panel A5 11:30 am–1:30 pm

Colonialism: Historicising the Subaltern

Chair

Michael Hutt, Professor, School of Oriental and African Studies,
University of London

Discussant

Hema Kiruppalini, National University of Singapore

Amanda Taylor, Claire Blaser
Postgraduate (MA) Student, SOAS, London
Martin Brooks
Postgraduate Associate, SOAS, London
Nokmedemla Lemtur
PhD Student, Center for Modern Indian Studies, Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany

Lunch 1:30–2:30 pm

Panel A6 2:30–4.30 pm

Stigma: Changing the Narratives

Chair

Madhusudan Subedi, Professor, Central Department of Sociology, Tribhuvan University and Patan Academy of Health Sciences

Discussant

Amar BK, PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh

Sauharda Rai
PhD Student, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Bonnie Nicole Kaiser
Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of San Diego, USA
Brandon A. Kohrt
Charles and Sonia Akman Professor of Global Psychiatry, The George Washington University, USA
Aidan Seale-Feldman
Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer, Bioethics Program, University of Virginia, VA, USA
Yasuko Fujikura
Research Fellow Institute of Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, Japan

Panel B4 9–11 am

Dignity without Danger: Collaboratively Analysing Stigma and Taboos to Develop Innovative Strategies to Address Menstrual Exclusion in Nepal (Convener: Sara Parker, Liverpool John Moores University)

Chair

Bindu Pokhrel

Discussant

Meera Mishra

Madhusudan Subedi
Professor, Central Department of Sociology, Tribhuvan University
Sara Parker
Reader, Department of Sociology, Liverpool John Moores University
BK Shrestha
Director, Global Action Nepal
Stefanie Lotter
Senior Teaching Fellow SOAS, London
Rajya Gurung, Lina Baniya
Senior Researchers, Dignity Without Danger, Department of Sociology, Tribhuvan University

Break 11–11:30 am

Panel B5 11:30 am–1:30 pm

Community Institutions: Old and New

Chair

Suresh Dhakal, Central Department of Anthropology,
Tribhuvan University

Discussant

Pritisha Shrestha, Syracruse University, New York

Tek Bahadur Dong
OneSeed Expeditions, Regional Director for Nepal and Bhutan
Mitra Pariyar
Leverhulme Research Fellow, Kingston University, London
Shobhit Shakya
Junior Research Fellow and PhD Student Ragnar Nurkse, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Lunch 1:30–2:30 pm

Panel B6 2:30–4.30 pm

Disaster and Suffering: Ascendency of Resilience

Chair

John Whelpton, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Discussant

Jeevan Baniya, Assistant Director, Social Science Baha

Jinglu Song
Department of Urban Planning and Design, Xi'an Jiaotong- Liverpool University, Hong Kong
Bo Huang
Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T
Rishikesh Pandey
School of Development and Social Engineering, Pokhara University, Pokhara, Nepal
Sapana Basnet Bista
PhD Researcher, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Shaurabh Sharma
HI International
Rose Khatri
Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Padam Simkhada
Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Panel A7 9–11 am

Nepali Women: Struggles for Autonomy and Agency

Chair

Dipak Gyawali, Social Science Baha

Discussant

Neeti Aryal Khanal, Central Department of Sociology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Sanjaya Mahato
Independent Researcher
Pooja Chaudhary
Advocate affiliated with the Nepal Bar Association
Dogendra Tumsa & Bipin Upadhyaya
Statistician, Social Science Baha
Amar BK
PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Break 11–11:30 am

Panel A8 11:30 am–12:50 pm

Violence: Understanding its Forms and Consequences

Chair

Katsuo Nawa, Professor of Cultural Anthropology, The University of Tokyo

Discussant

Sudeshna Thapa, Research Associate, Social Science Baha

Lata Gautam
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
Agatha Grela
University of West London, UK
Jaya Satyal & Sharad Gajuryal
Annapurna Neurological Institute and Allied Sciences, Nepal

Lunch 1:30–2:30 pm

Panel A9 2.30–3.50 pm

Children’s Needs: Moving beyond Rights

Chair

Mitra Pariyar, Leverhulme Research Fellow, Kingston University, London

Discussant

Aidan Seale-Feldman, Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer Bioethics Program, University of Virginia

Jeevan Baniya
Assistant Director, Social Science Baha
Tracy Ghale
Senior Research Associate, Social Science Baha
Nilima Rai
Research Associate, Social Science Baha
Amit Gautam
Research Associate, Social Science Baha
Lacchindra Maharjan
Save the Children, Nepal
Nabin Maharjan
PhD Candidate, Department of Child and Youth Studies, Brock University, Ontario, Canada
Richard C. Mitchell
Professor of Child and Youth Studies, Brock University, Ontario, Canada

Panel A10 4 pm–5.20 pm

Mixed Panel

Chair

Richard Mitchell, Brock University, Canada

Discussant and Closing Remarks

Dipak Gyawali, Social Science Baha

SeSe Ma
Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, Japan
Ravindra Nyaupane
PhD Candidate, Swansea University, UK
Mike Pretious
Senior Lecturer in Management, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Suvash Khadka
University of South Wales, UK

Panel B7 9–11 am

Transitions: Meeting Aspirations and Expectations

Chair

Seira Tamang, Independent Researcher

Discussant

Sanjaya Mahato, Independent Researcher

Bhim Narayan Regmi
Lecturer, Central Department of Linguistics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Chiranjibi Bhandari
Assistant Professor, Department of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies, Tribhuvan University

Break 11–11:30 am

Panel B8 11:30 am–12:50 pm

Borders and Boundaries

Chair

Nabin Rawal, Central Department of Anthropology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Discussant

Rupak Shrestha, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, University of Boulder, Colorado

Yangchen Dolker
Research Associate, Social Science Baha
Khem Raj Shreesh
Social Science Baha
Anup Shekhar Chakraborty
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Political Studies, Netaji Institute for Asian Studies, Kolkata, India

Lunch 1:30–2:30 pm

Paper Presenters

SNPresenter/AffiliationAbstract
1
Sanjaya Aryal
PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, University of Essex
Beyond Empowerment and Exploitation: Care Chain of Transnational Migratory Nepali Women
2
Ravindra Nyaupane
PhD Candidate, Swansea University, UK
Mike Pretious
Senior Lecturer in Management, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Suvash Khadka
University of South Wales, UK
Issues in the Development of Community-Led Tourism in Nepal–the Example of Dhorpatan
3
SeSe Ma
Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, Japan
Centering Himalayan Stray Dogs: Reframing the Narrative of Non-Human Being Subjectivity and Agency
4
Nabin Maharjan
PhD Candidate, Department of Child and Youth Studies, Brock University, Ontario, Canada
Richard C. Mitchell
Professor of Child and Youth Studies, Brock University, Ontario, Canada
The UNCRC and Global Childhoods: Transdisciplinary Reflections from Nepal
5
Jeevan Baniya
Assistant Director, Social Science Baha
Tracy Ghale
Senior Research Associate, Social Science Baha
Nilima Rai
Research Associate, Social Science Baha
Amit Gautam
Research Associate, Social Science Baha
Lacchindra Maharjan
Save the Children, Nepal
Why Children Matter: Vulnerabilities and Needs of Children in Disasters
6
Anup Shekhar Chakraborty
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Political Studies, Netaji Institute for Asian Studies, Kolkata, India
Enduring Islam and ‘Muslimness’ in Trans- Himalayas: Some Reflections from the Case of the Gorkha Muslims and Tibetan Muslims in the Eastern Himalayan Town of Darjeeling, India
7
Yangchen Dolker
Research Associate, Social Science Baha
Khem Raj Shreesh
Social Science Baha
Summer Farmers, Winter Traders: Loba’s Adaptation through Changing Socio-Political Times
8
Harsha Man Maharjan
Researcher, Martin Chautari, Kathmandu
From Media Accountability to Violence: Audience Participation and Opposition in the Proposed LED Bulb Procurement Episode on Social Media
9
Lata Gautam
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK
Agatha Grela
University of West London, UK
Jaya Satyal & Sharad Gajuryal
Annapurna Neurological Institute and Allied Sciences, Nepal
Understanding the Nature of Sexual Assault Cases in Nepal Through a Forensic Lens
10
Sara Bertotti
PhD Student, SOAS, London
Translating Hybridity and Change: The 2006 Comprehensive Peace Accord of Nepal
11
Chiranjibi Bhandari
Assistant Professor, Department of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies, Tribhuvan University
Revisiting Ex- Combatants: Past Assumptions and Present Realities
12
Bhim Narayan Regmi
Lecturer, Central Department of Linguistics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Additional Official Language Policy of Nepal: A Review
13
Amar BK
PhD Candidate, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Autonomy, Gender, and Women’s Suffering in Nepal
14
Sanjaya Mahato
Independent Researcher
Pooja Chaudhary
Advocate affiliated with the Nepal Bar Association
Dogendra Tumsa & Bipin Upadhyaya
Statistician, Social Science Baha
The Untouchables: Prevalence of Sexual Relationship during Menstrual Period
15
Pritisha Shrestha
PhD Student, Syracruse University, New York
Bold, Brahmin and Banned: Recovering History’s Unsung Rhetoric of a Revolutionary Woman of Nepal
16
Sapana Basnet Bista
PhD Researcher, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Shaurabh Sharma
HI International
Rose Khatri
Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Padam Simkhada
Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Indiscriminating Earthquake Discriminatory Aid: Effectiveness of Blanket Approach to Aid Distribution to People with Disabilities
17
Jinglu Song
Department of Urban Planning and Design, Xi'an Jiaotong- Liverpool University, Hong Kong
Bo Huang
Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, N.T
Rishikesh Pandey
School of Development and Social Engineering, Pokhara University, Pokhara, Nepal
The Determinants of Disaster–Resilience in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal: An Assessment of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience in Nepal after 2015 Earthquake
18
Yasuko Fujikura
Research Fellow Institute of Research in Humanities, Kyoto University, Japan
Dealing with Marginality: Gender and Caste in Western Nepal
19
Aidan Seale-Feldman
Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer, Bioethics Program, University of Virginia, VA, USA
Thinking with Ghosts: Bhut laagyo, Hysteria, and the Politics of Conceptualization
20
Sauharda Rai
PhD Student, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Bonnie Nicole Kaiser
Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of San Diego, USA
Brandon A. Kohrt
Charles and Sonia Akman Professor of Global Psychiatry, The George Washington University, USA
Recovery Narratives in Global Mental Health: Understanding the Benefits and Harms of Mental Health Service User’s Storytelling in Nepal
21
Shobhit Shakya
Junior Research Fellow and PhD Student Ragnar Nurkse, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Guthis Abroad: Catering to the Social Needs Amongst the Newar Diaspora
22
Mitra Pariyar
Leverhulme Research Fellow, Kingston University, London
Fighting Caste through Religious Conversion: Early Experiences of Nepali Dalit Christians
23
Tek Bahadur Dong
OneSeed Expeditions, Regional Director for Nepal and Bhutan
Cultural Tourism: An Ethnographic Study of Home-Stay in Briddim, Rasuwa, Nepal
24
Sanjay Sharma
PhD Student, National University of Singapore, Singapore
‘Invisible Counterparts’ of the ‘Warrior Gentlemen’: Tracing out the Mobilities of ‘Gurkha Women’
25
Nokmedemla Lemtur
PhD Student, Center for Modern Indian Studies, Georg-August Universität Göttingen, Germany
Labour in the High Himalayas: Recruitment and Agency of Mountaineering Expedition Labour on Nanga Parbat and Everest (1922–1939)
26
Amanda Taylor, Claire Blaser
Postgraduate (MA) Student, SOAS, London
Martin Brooks
Postgraduate Associate, SOAS, London
New Insights into Colonial Encounters in the Himalaya
27
Sara Parker and research team (TBC)
Reflecting on The Role of Diaries in Collaborative Action Research Opportunities and Challenges
28
Stefanie Lotter
Senior Teaching Fellow SOAS, London
Rajya Gurung, Lina Baniya
Senior Researchers, Dignity Without Danger, Department of Sociology, Tribhuvan University
Exploring The Diversity of Stigmas and Taboos Surrounding Menstruation – Preliminary Insights from The Field–Western and Eastern Nepal
29
Madhusudan Subedi
Professor, Central Department of Sociology, Tribhuvan University
Sara Parker
Reader, Department of Sociology, Liverpool John Moores University
BK Shrestha
Director, Global Action Nepal
Dignity Without Danger: Opportunities and Challenges of Engaging Partners in Collaborative Action Research
30
Toya Nath Bhattarai
PhD Candidate, Kathmandu University
Controversy Over Medium of Education in Nepal: Some Milestones
31
Krishna Adhikari
Britain–Nepal Academic Council (BNAC), UK
Gopal Nepali
Samata Foundation, Lalitpur
David N. Gellner
Professor, University of Oxford
Dalits in the School Curriculum in Nepal
32
Shak Bahadur Budhathoki
Education Coordinator, Mercy Corps Nepal
Improving Learning Outcome through School Improvement Plan (SIP)
33
Shangrila Joshi
The Evergreen State College, Olympia, USA
Neoliberalization, Climate Change, and Community Forestry in Nepal
34
Pearly Wong
PhD Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Development (In)Convenience: Agrarian Change and the Experience of Development in Dakshinkali, Nepal
35
Manoj Suji & Nilima Rai
Research Associate, Social Science Baha
Sambriddhi Kharel
Independent Researcher
Role of Actors and Institutions in Translating the 2030 Agenda for Gender Equality Commitments in National Discourse: A Case Study of Nepal
36
John Whelpton
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Between Two Big Ones: Earthquakes in the Nepali Consciousness, 1934-2015
37
Mark Liechty
Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Disasters and ‘Conditions of Possibility’: Rethinking Causation through an Analysis of Nepal Earthquakes
38
Sanjaya Mahato
Independent Researcher
Rupesh Kumar Sah
Under Secretary, Federal Parliament Secretariat Nepal
Pooja Chaudhary
Advocate affiliated with the Nepal Bar Association
Legislators’ Engagement in Policy Making and Post-Legislative Scrutiny in Nepalese Parliament Since 1991
39
Obindra B. Chand
Qualitative Research Officer, HERD International Kathmandu, Nepal
Shophika Regmi
Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation, HERD International
Abriti Arjyal
Research Coordinator, HERD International
Chandani Kharel
Research Manager, HERD International
Sushil C. Baral
Managing Director, HERD International
Use of Data for Decision Making in Planning Process of Local Health System in Nepal: A Critical Note on Problems and Prospects
40
Richard Bownas
Associate Professor, Political Science and International Affairs, University of Northern Colorado
Measuring Caste Discrimination in Urban and Rural Nepal: Some Empirical Approaches
41
Michael Hutt
Professor, SOAS, London
Before the Dust Settled: Nepal’s Seismic Constitution
42
Philippe Le Billon
Professor, Department of Geography University of British Columbia, Canada
Manoj Suji
Research Associate, Social Science Baha
Dinesh Paudel
Assistant Professor, Department of Sustainable Development, Appalachian State University North Carolina, USA
Earthquakes and Cashflows: Households and Disaster Financialization in Post- earthquake Nepal
43
Bina Limbu
Independent Researcher
Reconstruction and the Rise of One-roomed Houses in Rural Nepal
44
Stefanie Lotter
Senior Teaching Fellow and Research Fellow, SOAS, London
Collecting Loss and Displaying Absence: Curating the Earthquake
45
Bryony Whitmarsh
Associate Dean, Faculties of Creative and Cultural Industries and Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Portsmouth
From Darbar to Sañgrahalaya: Creating New History in the Narayanhiti Palace, Nepal
46
Abha Lal
Independent Researcher/ Desk Editor, The Record
When There Was a King There Was Unity: An Exploration of Nostalgia for the Monarchy
47
Sanjay Sharma
PhD Candidate, National University of Singapore
Industry under the Open Sky: An Exploration of the Political Economy of Brick-making in Nepal
48
Dipak Bahadur Adhikari
Lecturer of Economics, Patan Multiple Campus
Informal Economy and Poverty in Nepal
49
Thomas Robertson
Executive Director, Fulbright Nepal
Changing Kathmandu: Land, Water, and Public Space Through the Decades

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