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 XVIII—Rajendra Pradhan: ‘A Preliminary Critique of the World Bank/DFID Summary Report Unequal Citizens: Gender, Caste, and Ethnic Exclusions in Nepal’ Dec 03, 2006
Lecture Series XVII—Anne de Sales: ‘The Maoists and the Shamans: A Tale of Bullets, Hail, and Prejudices’ Nov 19, 2006
Lecture Series XVI—Martin Gaenszle: ‘Script and Orality in the Kiranti Language Movement’ Apr 12, 2006
Lecture Series XV—Dilli Ram Dahal: ‘Doing Field Work in the United States of America and Nepal: Some Cross-Cultural Experiences’ Mar 17, 2006
Lecture Series XIV—Jagannath Adhikari: ‘Globalization and the Securitization of Migration: The Context of Nepali Foreign Labour Migrants and Sustainable Livelihood’ Dec 16, 2005
Lecture Series XIII—Elvira Graner: ‘Mapping Actors in Carpet Production in the Kathmandu Valley: A Relational Economic Geography’ Oct 27, 2005
Lecture Series XII—Ian Harper: ‘Missions and Medicine in Nepal: Some Anthropological Reflections’ Aug 09, 2004
Lecture Series XI—John Whelpton: ‘The State, Ethnic Diversity and the Development of National Identity: Comparisons between Nepal and the British Isles’ Jul 26, 2004
Lecture Series X—Mahendra Lawoti: ‘Exclusionary Democratization in Nepal: Political Institutions and Elite Attitudes in Comparative Perspective’ Jul 01, 2004
Lecture Series IX—David Gellner: ‘Rebuilding Buddhism: Transnational Theravada Revivalism in Nepal’ May 27, 2004
Lecture Series VIII—Asghar Ali Engineer: ‘Sufism in South Asia: A Meeting Point for Secularism’ Apr 15, 2004
Lecture Series VII—Judith Pettigrew: ‘Women, Ideology, and Agency in Nepal’s Maoist Movement’ Jan 15, 2004
Lecture Series VI—Kathryn March: ‘Thirty Years of Change in a Northwestern Tamang Village’ Nov 26, 2003
Lecture Series IV—Walter Kaelin: ‘Power Sharing: Learning Lessons from Switzerland’ Aug 12, 2003
Lecture Series III—Ramesh Dhungel: ‘Opening the Chest of Nepal’s History: The Survey of Brian Houghton Hodgson’s Manuscripts from the British Library and Royal Asiatic Society’ Jul 01, 2003
Lecture Series II—Joe Heim: ‘Political Culture, Political Participation, and Political Leadership’ Jan 09, 2003
Lecture Series I—Michael Hutt: ‘Bhutanese Refugees: Some Reflections on the Past and Present’ Jul 19, 2002