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 XLIX—Michael Hutt: ‘The Iconisation of Yogmaya Neupane’ May 04, 2011
Lecture Series XLVIII—Paul Joseph: ‘A More Social Military? Or a More Militarized Sociology? Human Terrain Teams and the ‘new’ Army’ Apr 22, 2011
Lecture Series XLVII—Michael Thompson: ‘Cultural Theory and Clumsiness: Some Lessons from Nepal’ Mar 28, 2011
Lecture Series XLVI—Pratyoush Onta: ‘The Structural Landscape of Social Science Journals Published from Nepal’ Mar 14, 2011
Lecture Series XLV—Kurt Luger: ‘World Heritage in the Global Tourism Market: Consumption versus Cosmic Order’ Feb 24, 2011
Lecture Series XLIV—Rajendra Pradhan: ‘Legal Pluralism in the Supreme Court: Law, Religion, and Culture Concerning Women’s Rights in Nepal’ Feb 15, 2011
Lecture Series XLIII—Amy Pienta: ‘Growing Old in Nepal: The Impact of Social and Economic Changes in the Chitwan Valley’ Nov 14, 2010
Lecture Series XLII—John Dryzek: ‘Deliberative Governance: Reframing Democracy’ Oct 09, 2010
Lecture Series XLI—Ramawatar Yadav: ‘Mediaeval Maithili Stagecraft in the Nepalamandala The Bhaktapur School’ Aug 02, 2010
Lecture Series XL—Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake: ‘Challenges of Sustainable Peace Building and Demilitarizing Development in Post-conflict Sri Lanka: One Year after the War’ Jul 06, 2010
Lecture Series XXXIX—Antonio Donini: ‘Humanitarianism in the 21st Century: Lessons from Afghanistan and Other Crises’ Apr 15, 2010
Lecture Series XXXVIII—Willem van Schendel: ‘Apparent Horizons: South Asia from Its Borderlands’ Mar 30, 2010
Lecture Series XXXVII—Amiya Dev: ‘Levels of Narration in the Mahābhārata’ Jan 27, 2010
Lecture Series XXXV—David Zurick: ‘Landscape and Life History in the Himalaya’ Jan 11, 2010
Lecture Series XXXVI—Vinay Gidwani: ‘Politics without Guarantees: Gramsci, Uneven Development, and the Constitution of a ‘People’’ Jan 08, 2010
Lecture Series XXXIV—Megan Adamson Sijapati: ‘Nepali Muslims, Islamic Revival, and the ‘New Nepal’: A Look at Secularism, Religion, and the Politicisation of Identities’ Jan 04, 2010
Lecture Series XXXIII—Arjun Guneratne: ‘From Liberal Democracy to Authoritarian State: A Tale of Constitutional Evolution in Sri Lanka and Possible Lessons for Nepal’ Dec 04, 2009
Lecture Series XXXII—Seira Tamang: ‘The Fragile Yam: Nepali ‘Stateness’ and the Renegotiation of Gendered Citizenship’ Nov 29, 2009
Lecture Series XXXI—Mark Turin: ‘The Linguistic Survey of Sikkim: Mother Tongues in Education and Public Policy’ Apr 14, 2009
Lecture Series XXX—David Seddon: ‘Nepal: Opportunities and Threats-The Dilemmas of Transition’ Mar 11, 2009