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 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
Lecture Series XXIX—Ravi Bhandari: ‘Epistemological, Methodological, and Theoretical Dependency: Postmodernism in Development Studies’ Mar 08, 2009
Lecture Series XXVIII—Konrad Ott: ‘Discourse Ethics as a Framework for Intercultural Environmental Philosophy’ Sep 24, 2008
Lecture Series XXVII—John Cameron: ‘Development in the Republic of Nepal: Some Thoughts and Reflections’ Sep 16, 2008
Lecture Series XXVI—Andrea Nightingale: ‘Emergent Forests: Networks, Subjectivity, and the Governance of Natural Resources’ Sep 04, 2008
Lecture Series XXV—Mahendra Lawoti: ‘Democracy, Accountability, and a New Nepal’ Aug 21, 2008
Lecture Series XXIV—Susan Hangen: ‘Racial Thinking in Nepal Origins and Contemporary Political Uses’ Jun 22, 2008
Lecture Series XXII—Pitamber Sharma: ‘Unravelling the Mosaic: Spatial Dimensions of Ethnicity in Nepal’ Jun 15, 2008
Lecture Series XXI—Sanjeev Uprety : ‘Nepali Masculinities: Ranas, Shahs, and Gurkhas’ Jun 01, 2008
Lecture Series XX—Marie Lecomte-Tilouine: ‘Oral History and its Social Context in Dullu, Western Nepal’ Oct 28, 2007
Lecture Series XIX—Bernardo A. Michael: ‘Nepali History as World History’ Jun 20, 2007