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

Hotel Shanker, Lazimpat 24-26 July, 2024

 About the 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 2023

Panel A1 | Trading on the Trans-Border Livelihoods 9:00 -11:00

Jeevan Sharma, General Secretary, BNAC

Alice Millington, PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge

Li Zhinong
Professor/Vice President, School of Ethnology and Sociology, Yunnan University, China
Wu Di
PhD candidate & Research Assistant, Yunnan University, China
Chinmaya Shah
Secretary and Programme Coordinator, Institute of Himalayan Environmental Research and Education, India
Chitra Rawat
Research and Operations Manager, India Migration Now

Break 11–11:30 am

Poster Presentation

The poster presentation will be on display on each day of the conference during tea/coffee and lunch breaks.

Sanjaya Aryal
Senior Research Officer, University of Essex, UK
Aaron Wyllie
Lecturer, University of Essex, UK
Kathryn Chard
Liliane Silva
Senior Research Officer, University of Essex, UK

Panel A2 | Literature as Aspirations and Representation 11:30 am–1:30 pm

Nirmal Man Tuladhar, Chair, Social Science Baha

Rosy Chamling, Head, Department of English, Sikkim University

Lunch Break 1:30–2:30 pm

Panel A3 | Nepali Diasporic Identity in the Context of Multiculturalism

Lokranjan Parajuli, Senior Researcher, Martin Chautari

Komal Phuyal, Lecturer, Tribhuvan University

Rosy Chamling
Head, Department of English, Sikkim University, India
Prayash Gupta
Assistant Professor, Sikkim Manipal University, India
Bhaskar Chettri
PhD candidate, National Institute of Technology Sikkim, India

Panel B1 | Creating and Governing Subjects 11:30 am–1:30 pm

Pratyoush Onta, Research Director, Martin Chautari

Sohan Prasad Sha, Researcher, Martin Chautari

Rita Baramu
Programme Manager, Body & Data, Nepal
Neha Gauchan
Programme Coordinator, Body & Data, Nepal
Shubha Kayastha
Executive Director, Body & Data, Nepal
Shambhawi Paudel
Programme Officer, Body & Data, Nepal
Lokranjan Parajuli
Senior Researcher, Martin Chautari, Nepal

Lunch Break 1:30–2:30 pm

Panel B2 | Political and Private Identity in Violence 2:30–4:30 pm

Richard Bownas, Professor, University of Northern Colorado

Tracy Fehr, PhD Candidate, University of Colorado Boulder

Prakash BK
PhD candidate, University of Notre Dame, USA
Niki Rai
Research Scholar, B.R. Ambedkar University Delhi, India
Claire Willey-Sthapit
Assistant Professor, University of Kansas, USA

Panel A4 | Reimagining Marginalisation 9–11 am

Mahendra Lawoti, Professor, Western Michigan University

Amar BK,
Independent Scholar

Mitra Pariyar
Research Fellow, Kingston University, UK (Last affiliation)

Break 11–11:30 am

Panel A5 | Mixed Panel 11:30 am–1:30 pm

Claire Willey-Sthapit, Assistant Professor, University of Kansas

Sudeshna Thapa, Research Coordinator, Social Science Baha

Sanjaya Aryal
Senior Research Officer, University of Essex, UK
Aaron Wyllie
Lecturer, University of Essex, UK
Kathryn Chard
Liliane Silva
Senior Research Officer, University of Essex, UK
Apolline Dupuis
MA student
Bimla Gurung
Lecturer, Morgan International College, Nepal
Claire Martinus
Lecturer, University of Lille, France; Lecturer, University of Mons, Belgium
Bhuwan Thapa
Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University, USA
Ujjwal Upadhyay
Senior Program Coordinator, National College, Kathmandu University, Nepal
Indresh M Sharma
Senior Research Coordinator, National College, Kathmandu University, Nepal

Lunch Break 1:30–2:30 pm

Panel A6 | Whither Education in Nepal 2:30 am–4:30 pm

Ramawatar Yadav, Former Vice-Chancellor, Purbanchal University, Nepal

Arjun Kharel, Research Fellow, Social Science Baha

Panel B3 | Improving School Education and Performance 9–11 am

Pramod Prasad Bhatta, Member, Martin Chautari

Uma Pradhan,
Lecturer, University College London

Shak Bahadur Budhathoki
Member, Lifelong Learning Mandala, Nepal
Suman Gyawali
MEAL Officer, The Leprosy Mission Nepal
Pragya Paneru
Lecturer, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Prativa Paneru
Lecturer, Trinity College, Nepal

Break 11–11:30 am

Panel A7 | Displacement and Perseverance 9–11 am

Stefanie Lotter, Senior Research Fellow, SOAS University of London

Michael Hutt, Emeritus Professor, SOAS University of London; Research Affiliate, University of Oxford

Nimesh Dhungana
Lecturer, University of Manchester, UK
Sanjay Sharma
National University of Singapore
Kripa Basnyat
National Project Coordinator, International Labour Organization
Narayan Adhikari
CEO & Director, Accountability Lab Nepal
Prekkshya Bimali
Flora Cornish
Amit Gautam
Research Officer, Social Science Baha
Jeevan Baniya
Assistant Director, Social Science Baha
Niraj Lawoju
MA, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Break 11–11:30 am

Panel A8 | Identity and Community Formation through Discourse 11:30 am–1:30 pm

Kumud Rana, Lecturer, Lancaster University

Sanjay Sharma, Independent Scholar

Binita Magaiya
Researcher, Social Science Baha
Stefanie Lotter
Senior Research Fellow, SOAS, UK
Rinzing Ongmu Sherpa
PhD candidate, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Paulina Stanik
PhD candidate, University of Warsaw, Poland

Lunch Break 1:30–2:30 pm

Panel A9 | Examining Identity in Nepali Politics and Society 2:30–4:30 pm

Hari Sharma, Executive Director, Purak Asia

John Whelpton, Independent Scholar

Closing Remarks

Selected Presentation

SN Presenter/Affiliation Abstract
Rukh Gurung
Assistant Researcher, Martin Chautari
Pratyoush Onta
Research Director, Martin Chautari
Lokranjan Parajuli
Senior Researcher, Martin Chautari
Panel 1: Histories of Education in the Nepali Cultural World
Mahesh Paudyal
Lecturer, Central Department of English, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu
Komal Phuyal
Lecturer in English, Central Department of English, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal
Shiva Rijal
Lecturer in English, Central Department of English, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal
Panel 2: Of Journeys and Worldviews: Formation of Early Modern Consciousness in Nepal
Sampreety Gurung
PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University
Hema Kiruppalini
Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, NUS, Singapore
Jacob Rinck
Postdoctoral Fellow, Asia Research Institute, NUS, Singapore
Panel 3: Precarity and Possibility: Transnational Migrant Labour, Life-Making & Legalities in Malaya/Sia
Team Sajag-Nepal
Panels 4–6: Sajag-Nepal: Preparedness and Planning for the Mountain Hazard and Risk Chain
Sanjaya Aryal
University of Essex
Is a Win-Win Possible in International Recruitment and Mobility of Health and Care Workforce?
Prakash B K
PhD Scholar, Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, USA
Mapping the Biocultural Dimensions of Caste and its Effects on the Mental Health Wellbeing of Dalits in Nepal
Akshay Balan
Field Representative, Worker Rights Consortium
Anisha Maini
Research Associate, StepChange
Avantika Jhunjhunwala
Researcher; MA Sociology, Delhi School of Economics
Avita Singh
Guest Faculty, University of Bhopal
Bibhuti Malla
Consulting Senior Associate, ERM India Pvt. Ltd
Srinjit Venkatesh
Research Analyst, Square Panda Education India
Religiosity and Covid-19: A Study of Religious Practice in Kathmandu and Delhi
Lila Bahadur Bishwakarma
Teacher, Kallery Secondary School, Dhading, Nepal
The Life-World of Dalit in Lower-Route of Great Himalayan Trail in Nepal
Shak Bahadur Budhathoki
Lifelong Learning Mandala
The State of Policy and Practice on Complaint Response Mechanism and its Implication in Creating a Safe Learning Environment in Nepal’s Community Schools
Wu Di
Postdoctoral Researcher, Assistant Researcher, School of Ethnology and Sociology, Yunnan University, China
Night Life of Miss Budweiser and Mr. Dance: A Study of Nepalese Cross-Border Migrant Workers in Nangma Bar of Kerong, Xizang (Tibet)
Rahul Ganguly
PhD Scholar, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Delhi, India
Desiring the State? Political Imaginaries in the Darjeeling Hills after the Gorkhaland Andolan of 2017
Amit Gautam
Research Officer, Social Science Baha
Samiksha Neupane
Senior Research Associate, CESLAM, Social Science Baha
From Frontier to Finances: Unravelling the Impact of Border Securitisation on Income Opportunities for Local Residents in Susta
Dipak Ghising
PhD Scholar, Rural Development, Tribhuvan University
Participation of Executive Members vs General Members in Decision-Making of the Plan Implementation Process at the Local Level
Anna Hata
PhD Scholar, University College London, United Kingdom
Using Intersectionality to Centre Complex Experiences of Injustices and Resistance of Marginalised Children in Education in Nepal
Chaaru Jain
Project Manager and Art Educator, Srijanalaya
To Partner and Influence? A Post-Colonial Approach to Dissecting the Historical Narratives about the Gurkhas
Phoenix Kenney
PhD Scholar, University of Cambridge
What Makes a Peer? Understanding Peer Dynamics in Kathmandu’s Youth Sector
Tek Raj Koirala
PhD Scholar International Relation, South Asian University, New Delhi
A Case Study of Gorkhali: Private Military and Security Companies in Global Security Assemblages
Nabraj Lama
Research Scholar, Himalayan Strategic Institute
Beyond Politics and Diplomacy: A Dive into Local Sentiments of Both Nepal and India Surrounding the Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project
Niraj Lawoju
PhD Scholar, School of International Studies, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Learning Chinese Culture: Implications of Soft Power among Nepali Students Studying in China
Mahendra Lawoti
Professor, Department of Political Science, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
The Good, Bad and Ugly Nationalism: Minority Nationalism Countering Hegemonic Racist Nationalism in Multi-Ethnic Nepal
Xing Li
PhD Scholar, Department of Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong
‘You Must Speak Yourself’: Resolving Complicated Cases of Civil Registration in Nepal’s Local Government
Chhatra Bahadur Limbu
Researcher, Social Science Baha
Factors Associated with Smartphone Addiction Among High School Students in Dharan Sub-Metropolitan City, Sunsari
Lecturer & Research Associate, Institute of International Relations, JINAN University, Guangdong, China
Yu Yao
Lecturer, School of International Studies/Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies, JINAN University, Guangzhou, China
Diversity, Multi-Level and Mobility:An Ethnographic Study on Social Networks of the Tibetan in Nepal
Sujit Maharjan
Researcher, Social Science Baha
Challenges Faced by Partially Visually Impaired English Language Learners and How they Overcame them
Lopita Nath
Professor and Chair of History, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas
Where is my Shangri-la? Conceptualizing the Idea of a Homeland in the Bhutanese Refugee Experience
Josef Neubauer
PhD Scholar, Department for Migration and Globalisation, University for Continuing Education Krems, Austria
The Power of Policy: How Immigration Policy Changes in Southern and Eastern Europe Reshape Migration Strategies and Inequalities in Nepal
Rajib Neupane
Research Associate, Social Science Baha
China and India in Nepal: What Does it Entail?
Sabin Ninglekhu
Principal Investigator, Heritage as Placemaking, Social Science Baha
The ‘Quiet Encroachment’? A Parable of Cross-Border Movements between Ayodhya and Janakpurdham
Rajan Binayek Pasa
Assistant Professor, Central Department of Rural Development, Tribhuvan University
Livelihood and Climate Change Adaptation Strategies Applying in Lower-Great Himalayan Trail, Nepal
Prem Phyak
Associate Professor, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, USA
Students as Policed Subjects: Language Policing and the Violation of Right to Speak in Schools
Bade Qunzhu
Lecturer, Qinghai Minzu University, China; Ph.D. Scholar, Ethnography, Qinghai Minzu University, China
Residents’ Perception towards Trans-Himalayan Mobility and Tourism Development: a case from Kyirong Valley of Sino-Nepal Border
Amir Raja
Research Associate, Social Science Baha; Lecturer, Madan Bhandari Memorial College, Kathmandu
Exploring the Socialization Process and Gender Construction among the Muslim Community of Kalaiya, Bara
Chitra Rawat
Research and Operations Manager, India Migration Now
At the Crossroads of Ritual and Commercial: Representation of ‘Dotiyal’ in Goril Devta Jagar from Uttarakhand
Rajendra Sharma
Senior Research Associate, Social Science Baha
Navigating Social Leadership and Community Governance: Transitioning Community Leadership in Tharu Community
Sanjay Sharma
Independent Scholar
Decolonising Fieldwork: A Methodological Turn in Social Research
Ranu Sherpa
Research Scholar, Indian Institute of Technology, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India
Literary Interventions of Cultural Identity: An Analysis of the Eastern Himalayas
Sudhir Shrestha
Knowledge Management Officer, South Asia Alliance for Poverty Eradication; Visiting Faculty, Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM)
Tea Production in Nepal: Smallholders’ Challenges and Their Experimentation with Farmer-Based Organisations
Smriti Shreya
PhD Scholar, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
Development and Dilemma of Cultural Preservation in the Himalayas: Navigating Cultural Transformations
Michael D. Smith
Researcher, Kathmandu University Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute (RYI)
Spiritual Songs (mgur) in 17-18 th Century Dolpa, Nepal: Sub-Genres of Song Found in the Writings of Tadru Orgyan Tenzin (1657–1737)
Paulina Stanik
PhD Scholar, University of Warsaw, Poland
Unbalanced Power: The Role of the British in the Polish-South Asian World War Two Relations
Anna Stirr
Director, Centre for South Asian Studies; Associate Professor of Asian Studies, University of Hawaii Manoa
Notating Sorati: Subi Shah’s Nepali Dance Notation, Ideas of Nationalism, and the Classical
Diksha Tamang
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Purash-Kanpur Haridas Nandi Mahavidyalaya, University of Calcutta, West Bengal, India.
Socio-Cultural Organisation and the Construction of Gorkha/Nepali Identity in the Darjeeling Hills: A Study of Nepali Sahitya Sammelan (NSS) and Gorkha Dukha Niwarak Sammelan (GDNS)
Rajendra Raj Timilsina
Chief, Nepal Television Itahari Channel (NTV Itahari)
Nepali Gurukuls Under Zoom Monitoring from Abroad: Lived Experiences
Lalita Waldia
Field Researcher
Changing Life Pattern of Tribal Women: Kumaoni Bhotia of Uttarakhand
Sabin Bahadur Zoowa
Lecturer, Nepalese Army Institute of Health Sciences
The Social Construction of Boksi (Witch) in Tamang Community In Kavrepalachowk District