About Social Science Baha

The Social Science Baha 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 Social Science Baha was initially hosted at Himal Association, a non-profit organisation located at Patan Dhoka, Lalitpur. By the time of its formal registration as an independent entity on 15 January 2007, however, the Baha had diversified its activities and become involved in other areas as well, namely: i) conducting the four-month-long Immersion Course on Contemporary Social Issues; ii) hosting lectures, discussions, workshops, and conferences; iii) publishing books, occasional papers and journals; and iv) conducting research.

Social Science Baha Library
The main priority of the Baha from the very beginning has been the development of a well-stocked and efficiently managed social science library. The Baha library has so far collected more than 20,000 books and journals, either purchased or donated by individuals and institutions from Nepal and abroad. The library also provides users with access to online databases such as JSTOR, Columbia International Affairs Online, Blackwell-Synergy, Cambridge University Journals, Oxford Online Journals, etc, some of which are not available elsewhere in Nepal.

Immersion Course on Contemporary Social Issues
Until its termination in 2009, the four-month-long Immersion Course on Contemporary Social Issues was another flagship activity of the Baha. The Immersion Course was conceived as a graduate-level seminar conducted on a modular basis by some of the best scholars in Nepal. The participants in the course were students as well as professionals from fields as diverse as engineering, management, journalism and the social sciences. The Immersion Course consisted of discussions on the theories and methodologies used in the fields of sociology and anthropology followed by instruction on specific areas such as history, ethnicity, media, gender, technology, education and politics. The course focused on areas where these subjects interface with society, and towards the completion of the course, the students were provided with an opportunity to gain practical exposure in social research.

Lectures, Conferences, and Workshops
The Baha organises lectures, discussions, conferences, and workshops on various issues relevant to Nepal.

The lectures hosted by the Baha fall into two categories: a) The Mahesh Chandra Regmi Lecture, one of the major events in the Baha’s annual calendar, with the invited speakers being academic luminaries with a long-standing contribution in their own field; and b) the Baha Lecture Series, which is held more frequently and features Nepali and foreign scholars speaking on the subject of their choosing.

The Baha also hosts conferences, workshops and discussions, inviting a range of scholars to deliberate on selected subjects.

The Baha has also begun publications in the social sciences and related fields. The books and occasional papers that the Baha has published have been written by academics of note, and the works contribute to furthering the discourse on topics that have gained currency in Nepali academia as well as to introducing new subjects for discussion.

The Baha has undertaken various research projects either independently or working together with other organisations. Many of these projects are of topical nature and seek to link academia with popular discourse.



The Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya
organised by
Social Science Baha, Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, Britain-Nepal Academic Council, Centre for Himalayan Studies-CNRS & Nepal Academic Network (Japan)

The Sixth Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya
26-28, July 2017

Proposals are invited for stand-alone papers or three-paper panels. The papers can deal with any aspect of life in Nepal and the Himalaya from a social science perspective. Papers can also be comparative so long as Nepal or the Himalaya, broadly defined, is also included. The language of the conference is English.

Time: Each paper will be allocated 40 minutes, which will include comments from the discussant, general floor discussion, and remarks from the chair.

Interested individuals are asked to submit an abstract not exceeding 500 words along with a one-page CV.

Individuals or institutions can propose three-paper panels to provide a variety of perspectives on a particular theme.

Time: Two hours per panel, which will include comments from the discussant, general floor discussion, and remarks from the chair.

Proposals for panels should consist of the topic and brief description of the panel; the three papers to be presented, including abstracts not exceeding 500 words for each paper along with a one-page CV. The proposed chair and discussant(s) should also be listed along with the submission and their prior permission sought.

Submissions have to be emailed to the Conference Secretariat at conference@soscbaha.org by 15 January 2017. Participants will be notified in February 2017.

The submissions will be evaluated by the Conference Organising Committee according to the following three criteria: i) research question/hypothesis, ii) methodology, and iii) outline/structure.

The length of the final paper is expected to be around 5000 words and the papers are due on 3 July 2017 for advance distribution to all registered participants.

All participants, including panel chairs and discussants, will be required to register to attend the conference. Participants are expected to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation and those requiring a letter of support to seek travel grants to attend the conference can write to the Conference Secretariat.

The structure of registration fees is as follows:

Nepali and other South Asian students:                                               NPR 2500
Nepali and other South Asian professionals:                                        NPR 3500
Professional, including South Asians, living outside South Asia:            USD 75
Non-South Asian students:                                                                 USD 50

Participants whose papers are selected will be required to register for the conference by the end of April 2017 to ensure inclusion of their paper in the conference. Details on modes of payment will be provided at a later date.

The Organising Team
Conference Organising Committee
Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies
  • Teri Allendorf, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Sya Kedzior, Towson University

Britain-Nepal Academic Council

  • Krishna Adhikari, University of Oxford
  • David Gellner, University of Oxford

Centre for Himalayan Studies-CNRS

  • Tristan Bruslé, Centre for Himalayan Studies-CNRS
  • Gérard Toffin, Centre for Himalayan Studies-CNRS

Nepal Academic Network

  • Tatsuro Fujikura, Kyoto University
  • Katsuo Nawa, University of Tokyo

Social Science Baha

  • Rajendra Pradhan, Social Science Baha
  • Bandita Sijapati, Social Science Baha

Conference Secretariat, Social Science Baha
Deepak Thapa
Tracy Ghale
Rita Bhujel

The Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya
Conference Secretariat
Social Science Baha
345 Ramchandra Marg, Battisputali
Kathmandu - 9, Nepal
Phone: 977-1-4472807

Dates to remember

  1. Submission deadline for abstracts and panels: 15 January 2017
  2. Notification of paper and panel acceptance: February 2017
  3. Final papers due: 3 July 2017
  4. Conference dates: 26-28, July 2017
Please also note future conference dates
2018:  25-27 July
2019:  24-26 July
2020:  29-31 July
2021:  28-30 July