Social Science Baha

Social Science Baha (SSB) is an independent, non-profit organisation set up with the objective of promoting and enhancing the study of and research in the social sciences in Nepal. Established on 1 January 2002 with the primary focus of starting a social science library, the SSB has since diversified its activities and taken up other activities as well, namely, i) hosting lectures, discussions, workshops, and conferences; ii) publishing books, occasional papers and journals; and iii) conducting research.


  • Download the Mahesh Chandra Regmi Lecture 2017

    Download the Mahesh Chandra Regmi Lecture 2017

    Ethnography, History, Culture
    Enduring Oppositions and Creative Dynamism in Nepal

    David Holmberg

  • Call for Papers

    organised by
    Social Science Baha, Association for Nepal and Himalayan StudiesBritain-Nepal Academic Council
    Centre for Himalayan Studies-CNRS & Nepal Academic Network (Japan)
    25-27, July 2018 • Hotel Shanker, Lazimpat

  • Recent Publications

    Recent Publications

    A Project of Memoreality

    Transnational Development and Local Activism

    by Saubhagya Shah
    with an introduction by Chaitanya Mishra

    2018, pp. xxiv + 284
    ISBN: 978 9937 597 42 5
    Available in bookstores in Kathmandu and for online purchase here.

    This is an ethnographic study of a group of rural women from south-central Nepal brought together by a development intervention. It details how these women used their collective identity forged through an income-generating project to address issues such as women’s property rights, domestic violence, gambling and alcoholism, and even political representation. In examining the intended as well as unintended consequences of an externally initiated ‘women’s development project’, Shah assesses the structural limitations of a development enterprise while also focusing on what he terms the creative agency of the project beneficiaries. This agency becomes apparent in a number of ways, including the construction and projection of memory into the domain of social significance, or ‘memoreality’; the ready adoption of transnational flows of discourses, resources, and legitimacies; and the use of the tools of development to politicise other arenas of socio-political life. A Project of Memoreality will serve as an important contribution to understanding the dynamics of women’s activism in Nepal as well as the complexities of the development industry.

    Saubhagya Shah was Associate Professor of Sociology at Tribhuvan University, where he also established the Conflict, Peace, and Development Studies programme and served as its first Coordinator. He received his MA in Sociology from Tribhuvan University and a PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University. In between, he also worked as a reporter for The Rising Nepal. His writings include ‘From Evil State to Civil Society’ (in State of Nepal, edited by Kanak Mani Dixit and Shastri Ramachandaran, 2002); ‘A Himalayan Red Herring? Maoist Revolution in the Shadow of the Legacy Raj’ (in Himalayan ‘People’s War’: Nepal’s Maoist Rebellion, edited by Michael Hutt, 2004), ‘Paradise Regained and Lost? April’s Sizzle and February’s Chill’ (in The Inclusive State: Reflections on Reinventing Nepal, edited by Anand Aditya, 2007), Civil Society in Uncivil Places: Soft State and Regime Change in Nepal (2008), ‘Revolution and reaction in the Himalayas: Cultural Resistance and the Maoist “new regime” in Western Nepal’ (American Ethnologist, 2008), ‘The Nepali Post-Conflict: Prospects for Conflict Transformation and Democratic Consolidation’ (Journal of International Affairs, 2009), and ‘Sovereign Deficit: Fragmented Polity, Defense Dilemma and the Battle for Civilian Supremacy in Nepal’ (Contributions to Nepalese Studies, 2009). He passed away in December 2009.

    मुलुकको मुहार
    नेपाली कङ्ग्रेस, एमाले, एमाओवादी र राप्रपामा समावेशीकरण
    (Face of the Nation: Inclusion in the Nepali Congress, UML, CPN-Maoist Centre and RPP)

    ध्रुव सिम्खडा
    काशीराम डाँगीप्रदीप पोखरेलपूर्ण विक, फूर्पा तामाङ,भानुभक्त निरौलाराजबहादुर शाहीलक्ष्मी साह र सीता मादेम्बा
    2017, pp. x+236

    ISBN: 978 9937 597 39 5
    Available in bookstores in Kathmandu and for online purchase here.
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