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)

The Seventh Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya
25-27, July 2018 

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 the social sciences perspective and from this year onwards, the arts and humanities. 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 in the template provided here.

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 in the template provided. The proposed chair and discussant(s) should also be listed along with the submission and their prior permission sought.

In order to encourage more pre-arranged panels, a blog has been created for your convenience. Potential presenters can seek out interested individuals to form a panel of their own. In order to post a call for potential co-panelists, please email the conference secretariat with the details on the panel theme, and it will be posted on the blog. Those interested will be able to reply to your post.

Submissions have to be emailed to the Conference Secretariat at by 15 January 2018. Participants will be notified by 15 February 2018.

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 2018 for advance distribution to all registered participants via a designated Google Drive Folder.

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
Non-South Asian students: USD 50
Non-South Asian professionals, including South Asians living outside South Asia: USD 75
Participants whose papers are selected will be required to register for the conference by 30 April 2018 to ensure inclusion of their paper in the conference. Details on modes of payment will be provided at a later date.

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 2018
  2. Notification of paper and panel acceptance: 15 February 2018
  3. Deadline for registration by paper presenters: 30 April 2018
  4. Final papers due: 3 July 2018
  5. Conference dates: 25-27, July 2018
Please also note future conference dates
2019:  24-26 July
2020:  29-31 July
2021:  28-30 July
2022: 27 -29 July