Social Science Baha

Day 1: 22 July

Day 1:22 July



Social Science Baha organised The Fourth Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya in partnership with Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, Britain-Nepal Academic CouncilCentre for Himalayan Studies-CNRS.

Day 1: 22 July (Wednesday)
SESSION 1: 9 – 10:30 am
Opening Remarks:
Basanta Thapa, Vice-Chair, SSB
Gerard Toffin, CNRS
Opening Remarks:
David Gellner, Chair, BNAC
Heather Hindman, Incoming President, ANHS
Panel A1
Dukha at Home and Abroad: Nepali Transnational Labour Migration
Panel B1
Politics and Indigeneity
Chair: Gerard Toffin
Distinguished Emeritus Director of Research, CNRS, Paris
Chair: David Gellner
Professor of Social Anthropology, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, University of Oxford
Jeevan Raj Sharma
Lecturer in South Asia and International Development, University of Edinburgh
Prem Chalaune
Lecturer, Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Tribhuvan University
Anna Stirr
Assistant Professor of Asian Studies, University of Hawaii-Manoa
Jailab Rai
Lecturer (Anthropology), Central Department of Sociology Anthropology, Tribhuvan University
BREAK: 10:30 – 11:00 am
 SESSION 2: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm 
Panel A2
Youth in New Nepal
Panel B2
Religion, Secularism and the Nepali State
Chair: Mallika Shakya
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, South Asian University, New Delhi
Chair: Chiara Letizia
Professor of South Asian Religions, University of Québec
Aidan Seale-Feldman
PhD Candidate, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Dannah Dennis
PhD Candidate in Anthropology, University of Virginia
Ravindra Palliyaguruge
Lecturer, Political Science, Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Languages, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
Ram Tiwari
Master of Law, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Heather Hindman
Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Luke Wagner
Department of Sociology, Yale University, USA
LUNCH: 12:30 – 1:30 pm
 SESSION 3: 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Panel A3
Climate Change and Food Security
Panel B3
Situated Bodies in Masculinized Power: Analyzing Women’s Struggles for Citizenship, Education and Bodily Integrity in Nepal
Chair: Heather Hindman
Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Chair: Pratyoush Onta
Director of Research, Martin Chautari
Tara Nath Pande
Advisor, Women and Environmental Development Organization (PWEDO)
Surabhi Pudasaini
Founder, Galli Galli
Floriane Clement
Researcher, Institutional and Policy Analysis, International Water Management Institute (IWMI-Nepal), Kathmandu
Lokranjan Parajuli
Program Coordinator, Democracy and Governance Research Unit, and Editor, Publication Program, Martin Chautari, Kathmandu
Man Khattri
PhD Scholar at Tribhuvan University
Climate Change, Food Sovereignty, Crops, Livestock Production Among the Lobas of Nepal Seira Tamang
Director of Research, Martin Chautari, Kathmandu
The Hindu State, Women’s Activism and The Cultural Coding of Sexual Violence and Impunity in Nepal
BREAK: 3 – 3:30 pm
 SESSION 4: 3.30 – 5.00 PM
Panel A4
Water Security, Ecosystem Services and Livelihoods in the Himalayas
Panel B4
Emerging Political Dynamics in Nepal
Chair: Dinesh Paudel
South Asia Institute of Advanced Studies (SIAS) Nepal and Appalachian State University
Chair: Laurie A. Vasily
Executive Director, United States Education Foundation (USEF) Nepal
Devendra Chauhan,
Vishal Singh,
Anvita Pandey,
Rajesh Thadani &
Centre for Ecology, Development and Research (CEDAR), India
Ngamindra Dahal
Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (SIAS), Nepal
Richard Bownas
Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Northern Colorado
Ratna Bishokarma
Sociology student, Tribhuvan University
Kamal  Devkota,
Hemant Ojha,
Kaustuv Raj Neupane,
Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (SIAS), Nepal
Bhaskar Vira &
Eszter Kovacs
University of Cambridge
Mahendra Lawoti
Professor, Department of Political Science, Western Michigan University
Chetan Agarwal,
Centre for Ecology, Development and Research (CEDAR), India
Tikeshwari Joshi & Kaustuv R. Neupane
Southasia Institute of Advanced Studies (SIAS), Nepal
BREAK: 5 – 5:30 pm
Tanka Subba
Vice-Chancellor, Sikkim University
Moderator:   Kanak Mani Dixit
Ex-Com member, Social Science Baha, and Founding Editor, Himal Southasian