Lecture Series


As part of the Social Science Baha Lecture Series, the Baha has been providing a forum to local and visiting scholars to present their work and interact with the larger public in an open lecture format. The Lecture Series is a not a periodic event but rather is held whenever there is someone ready to make a presentation. The following are the lectures hosted by the Baha so far.

Note: Audio versions of lectures are available online from Lecture Series XXI onwards, and also available are abstracts from Lecture Series XI and later.



Lecture Series XCI — Heather Hindman: ‘Waves of Alterity: Korea-Nepal Engagement and the Challenge of Area Studies’ Aug 01, 2017
Lecture Series XC—Walter Winkler: ‘Everybody Has a Story: New Approaches to Story Analysis in Far Western Nepal’ Apr 10, 2017
Lecture Series LXXXIX—Dipesh Risal: ‘Nepali Heritage and You’ Sep 26, 2016
Lecture Series LXXXVIII—Edward Simpson:’Reconstruction in Gujarat: Possible Lessons for Nepal ‘ Jun 22, 2016
Lecture Series LXXXVII—Alton C. Byers: ‘Conservation and Restoration of Alpine Ecosystems in the Himalaya and the Andes: New Challenges for the 21st Century’ Apr 07, 2016
Lecture Series LXXXVI—Noah Coburn:’Contracting and the Repercussions of Neo-Liberal Warfare in Nepal and Beyond’ Feb 22, 2016
Lecture Series LXXXV—Vivek Dhareshwar:’Decolonizing the Social Sciences: Problems and Prospects’ Nov 03, 2015
Lecture Series LXXXIV—Kenneth D. Crews: ‘International Copyright and Domestic Exceptions: WIPO, Treaties, and the Politics of Libraries’ Sep 03, 2015
Lecture Series LXXXIII—Edwin van Teijlingen: ‘PARI: Strengthening Health Research in Nepal’ Apr 06, 2015
Lecture Series LXXXII—Damien Francois: ‘The Holy Mountains of Nepal’ Mar 23, 2015
Lecture Series LXXXI—Sarah Paoletti: ‘Redefining Human Rights through the Lens of Critical Theory’ Jan 05, 2015
Lecture Series LXXX—Eiko Ikegami: ‘Gods, Power and Common Folks: City and Religion in Kyoto, Japan’ Dec 22, 2014
Lecture Series LXXIX—Bruce McCoy Owens: ‘The Bāhāḥs and Bahīs of Nepal: Thirty Years of Transformation, Preservation, and Innovation’ Jul 03, 2014
Lecture Series LXXVIII—Noah Coburn: ‘When are Elections Bad for Democracy? Internationally Sponsored Elections in Post-Invasion Afghanistan’ Jun 25, 2014
Lecture Series LXXVII—Edward A. Rodrigues: ‘Caste and the Republic: Critical Reflections on Modernity and Human Rights in South Asia’ May 28, 2014
Lecture Series LXXVI—Thomas Robertson: ‘Developing International Development: DDT and U.S. Environmental and Social Engineering in the Chitwan Valley, 1952-1965’ May 20, 2014
Lecture Series LXXV—Amanda Snellinger: ‘Securing Our Future despite Our State: The Quest for Salaried Work within Political Turmoil’ Apr 30, 2014
Lecture Series LXXIV—Peter H. Hansen: ‘Summits of Modern Man and Thresholds of Climate Change: Mountaineering after the Enlightenment’ Apr 23, 2014
Lecture Series LXXIII—Christophe Jaffrelot:‘The Crisis of Secularism in South Asia: Towards an Indo-Pakistani Convergence?’ Apr 21, 2014
Lecture Series LXXII—Philip Oldenburg: ‘The Judiciary as a Political Actor in Pakistan’ Mar 24, 2014