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

Conference Year: 2024

Panels 4–6: Sajag-Nepal: Preparedness and Planning for the Mountain Hazard and Risk Chain

Sajag-Nepal: Preparedness and Planning for the mountain hazard and risk chain is an interdisciplinary and collaborative Global North-South partnered research project funded by the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (2021-2024). The project brings together social and physical scientists, humanities scholars, policymakers, and practitioners, affiliated with diverse institutional partners in Nepal, the UK, New Zealand, and …

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Panel 3: Precarity and Possibility: Transnational Migrant Labour, Life-Making & Legalities in Malaya/Sia

Since the era of decolonization and in the present day, the transnational circulation of Nepali labour to Malaya/sia has been an important albeit understudied linkage in the context of migration studies in Nepal. The proposed panel endeavours to explore migrant labour connections and dynamics between Nepal and Malaysia, examining both historical patterns and contemporary dynamics. …

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Panel 2: Of Journeys and Worldviews: Formation of Early Modern Consciousness in Nepal

Nepali society develops the early traces of modern consciousness in the 1930s. As we approach Nepal from literary writings, reading the contexts and texts to understand the socio-political worldview, we see walking has shaped the perceptions of people before the introduction of modern highways. People walked to see the world, understand themselves, and pay homage …

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Panel 1: Histories of Education in the Nepali Cultural World

This panel will explore three histories of public (school) education in the Nepali cultural world during the mid-20th century decades. Given the dominance of the state-centric approach in the existing writings on the subject, we propose a different approach to this history. While the particular characteristics of the various political regimes and their policies for …

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The Social Construction of Boksi in Tamang Community in Kavrepalachowk District

There is no universally accepted definition of a boksi; the term means different things to different people in different places. But, the common understanding is that it is the art of doing evil by spiritual power and believed that dhami/jhakri only can control the boksi, as they have similar power. The existence of a boksi is common …

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AUX–Forms in Mid–Maithili — With Special Reference to Medieval Archival Literary Texts of Maithili Dramas and Songs Composed by Newar Kings of Nepālamaṇḍala

A scientific linguistic description of the grammatical categories of Middle Maithili based on new archival evidence culled from Newari MSS. of medieval Maithili literary texts stored and preserved in the Nepāla Rāṣtṭriya Abhilekhālaya in Kathmandu is, to my mind, a necessary and indispensable prerequisite to legitimately authenticate the historicity of the growth and formation of …

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Changing Life Pattern of Tribal Women: Kumaoni Bhotia of Uttarakhand

In the realm of extensive research on various Indian tribes, the specificities surrounding tribal women have remained a relatively underexplored facet within scholarly discourse. This research paper addresses this gap by delving into the lives of Bhotia women, a Scheduled Tribe residing in the Johar valley of the Pithoragarh district, Uttarakhand. Former trans-Himalayan traders, the …

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Nepali Gurukuls under CCTV Surveillance from Abroad: Lived Experiences

The spontaneous re-emergence of Gurukul education in Nepal (Timilsina 2074 BS) has a connection to a global business of spirituality, religion, and health. Nearly one hundred Gurukuls in different districts have been running ‘Yoga and Yagya’, according to a non-governmental organisation’ Nepal Maharishi Foundation for Vedic Culture (vedicnepal.org 2022). The 88 Gurukuls have implemented the …

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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)

In any community, the socio-cultural organisation plays a vital role in reflecting the nature of a given community as it serves as the map of the community in question. There exists a plethora of studies and writings on identity assertion and politics in Darjeeling, but none have focused exclusively on the sociocultural organisations that exist …

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Notating Sorati: Subi Shah’s Nepali Dance Notation, Ideas of Nationalism, and the Classical

Across the hill regions of Nepal and neighbouring regions of India, the Sorati story is a central part of the Pangdure (also known as Maruni) traditional dance repertoire. In central Nepal, the first half of the twentieth century appears to have been the heyday of Pangdure performances; out of the Jyamrung, Dhading Pangdure troupe of …

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