organised by
Social Science Baha, Association for Nepal and Himalayan StudiesBritain-Nepal Academic CouncilCentre for Himalayan Studies-CNRS & Nepal Academic Network (Japan)

The Eighth Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya
24-26, July 2019

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 as well. Papers can also be comparative so long as Nepal or the Himalaya, broadly defined, is also included. The language of the conference is English. 

Interested individuals are asked to submit an abstract not exceeding 500 words (excluding the bibliography) 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. 

Proposals for panels should consist of the name of the convener of the panel; the topic and brief description of the panel; the three papers to be presented with titles and abstracts not exceeding 500 words for each paper (excluding the bibliography) along with a one-page CV for everyone in the panel in the template provided here. The proposed chair and discussant(s) should also be listed along with the submission and their prior permission sought.

Note on panel proposals: The organisers would like to request panels that are part of research projects, with funds allocated for activities such as dissemination, to contribute extra funds beyond the registration fees to the conference. Such contributions would help reduce the loss that Social Science Baha has been incurring every year in organising the conference.

Poster Presentations

The conference is also inviting submissions for poster presentations from this year. Interested individuals/institutions are asked to submit an abstract not exceeding 1000 words (excluding the bibliography) along with the one-page CV for everyone involved in the presentation in the template provided here. The responsibility of putting up the presentation, including all logistics, shall lie with the individual/institution submitting the proposal.

Submissions have to be emailed to by 15 January 2019. Participants will be notified by 19 February 2019.

Since the Conference Organising Committee will be making its evaluation on the basis of the following three criteria – i) research question/hypothesis, ii) methodology, and iii) outline/structure of paper – submissions are required to follow the same format.

(Social Science Baha will also be organising a workshop on how to write conference abstracts in December 2018 for interested individuals in Kathmandu. To receive further information on the workshop, write to

The length of the final paper is expected to be around 5000 words and the papers are due on 7 July 2019 for advance distribution to all registered participants via a designated Google Drive Folder.

All participants, including panel chairs and discussants proposed, 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 2750
Nepali and other South Asian professionals: NPR 4000
Non-South Asian students: USD 55
Non-South Asian professionals, including South Asians living outside South Asia: USD 85
(An early-bird discount of 20 per cent will be provided to those who register by 24 June 2019.)

Participants whose papers are selected will be required to register for the conference by 30 April 2019 to ensure inclusion of their paper in the conference. Details on modes of payment will be provided at a later date.

The Conference Organising Committee consists of two representatives each from the five co-organising bodies. 

Dates to remember

  1. Submission deadline for abstracts and panels: 15 January 2019
  2. Notification of paper and panel acceptance: 17 February 2019
  3. Deadline for registration by paper presenters: 30 April 2019
  4. Final papers due: 7 July 2019
  5. Conference dates: 24-26, July 2019


Conference Secretariat
The Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya

Social Science Baha
345 Ramchandra Marg, Battisputali, Kathmandu – 9, Nepal
Phone: 977-1-4472807  


Please also note the future conference dates
2020:    29-31 July
2021:    28-30 July
2022:    27-29 July