Social Science Baha

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.

What Does Democracy Sound Like?August 14, 2019
(After)life as Ground Zero of an Industrial BeginningJune 13, 2019
From Military to MarketMay 15, 2019
Nepali Labour Migration to JapanApril 22, 2019
Nepal’s Development Predicaments through the Lens of Cultural TheoryNovember 21, 2018
Disasters, Development and Building CodesAugust 2, 2018
Indigenous Resurgence in Canada Implications for Nepal?July 30, 2018
Surplus and Security India’s National River-Linking Project and Its Implications for River-Sharing Agreements in South AsiaJune 25, 2018
Situating Muslim Nepal in Islamic South Asia Historical Themes, Directions for Future Study, and the Case for ReligionJune 20, 2018
The History and Future of FoodMay 3, 2018
Elections, Parties and Alliances ​Observations from AbroadNovember 27, 2017
Climate Change in the Himalaya Implications, Adaptation Responses and Social-Ecological VulnerabilityNovember 20, 2017
Reflections on Working with Gurungs in the Last 50 YearsOctober 27, 2017
Waves of Alterity: Korea-Nepal Engagement and the Challenge of Area StudiesAugust 1, 2017
Everybody Has a Story: New Approaches to Story Analysis in Far Western NepalApril 10, 2017
Nepali Heritage and YouSeptember 26, 2016
Reconstruction in Gujarat: Possible Lessons for NepalJune 22, 2016
Conservation and Restoration of Alpine Ecosystems in the Himalaya and the Andes: New Challenges for the 21st CenturyApril 7, 2016
Contracting and the Repercussions of Neo-Liberal Warfare in Nepal and BeyondFebruary 22, 2016
Decolonizing the Social Sciences: Problems and ProspectsNovember 3, 2015
International Copyright and Domestic Exceptions: WIPO, Treaties, and the Politics of LibrariesSeptember 3, 2015
PARI: Strengthening Health Research in NepalApril 6, 2015
The Holy Mountains of NepalMarch 23, 2015
Redefining Human Rights through the Lens of Critical TheoryJanuary 5, 2015
Gods, Power and Common Folks: City and Religion in Kyoto, JapanDecember 22, 2014
The Bāhāḥs and Bahīs of Nepal: Thirty Years of Transformation, Preservation, and InnovationJuly 3, 2014
When are Elections Bad for Democracy? Internationally Sponsored Elections in Post-Invasion AfghanistanJune 25, 2014
Caste and the Republic: Critical Reflections on Modernity and Human Rights in South AsiaMay 28, 2014
Developing International Development: DDT and U.S. Environmental and Social Engineering in the Chitwan Valley, 1952-1965May 20, 2014
Securing Our Future despite Our State: The Quest for Salaried Work within Political TurmoilApril 30, 2014
Summits of Modern Man and Thresholds of Climate Change: Mountaineering after the EnlightenmentApril 23, 2014
The Crisis of Secularism in South Asia: Towards an Indo-Pakistani Convergence?April 21, 2014
The Judiciary as a Political Actor in PakistanMarch 24, 2014
The Issue of Indian NepalisMarch 19, 2014
Is There Such a Thing as a Nepalese Diaspora?March 12, 2014
Self-Determination and Its Contestations: The Indian ExperienceOctober 28, 2013
The Path to Prosperity for Developing EconomiesAugust 6, 2013
India’s Second World WarApril 16, 2013
Agrarian Relations and Rural PovertyMarch 25, 2013
Revisiting the Concept of ‘Prana’ in Nepali and Indian ArtFebruary 28, 2013
Peace: Four ComponentsFebruary 14, 2013
Something Big and Glorious and Magnificently Insane’: Hippie KathmanduJanuary 9, 2013
Access to Appropriate Medicines: Challenges for NepalDecember 20, 2012
The Rise of China and Its Implications for Indo-Lanka RelationsDecember 13, 2012
Christianity and Nepali SocietyDecember 4, 2012
The Mystery of Shakti Yogmaya: Politics or Religion?November 2, 2012
Kathmandu Journey: Sir Ivor Jennings in Nepal (28 March-24 April 1958)July 26, 2012
Nepal Diary: Reflections and ImpressionsJuly 5, 2012
Border Effects: Analytical Issues in Border CrossingMay 29, 2012
Migration during Armed Conflict: A New Look at Variability in Migration DecisionsApril 19, 2012
Anthropology and Development Policy: A Difficult Relationship?March 30, 2012
Ethnicity in the University: Heterogeneity and InequalityMarch 19, 2012
Chittadhar Hridaya’s Sugata Saurabha: The Known and Unknown in the Composition of the EpicMarch 6, 2012
The Multi-local Livehihoods of BajhangisFebruary 23, 2012
Shaping Secularism in NepalJanuary 9, 2012
The Iconisation of Yogmaya NeupaneMay 4, 2011
A More Social Military? Or a More Militarized Sociology? Human Terrain Teams and the ‘new’ ArmyApril 22, 2011
Cultural Theory and Clumsiness: Some Lessons from NepalMarch 28, 2011
The Structural Landscape of Social Science Journals Published from NepalMarch 14, 2011
World Heritage in the Global Tourism Market: Consumption versus Cosmic OrderFebruary 24, 2011
Legal Pluralism in the Supreme Court: Law, Religion, and Culture Concerning Women’s Rights in NepalFebruary 15, 2011
Growing Old in Nepal: The Impact of Social and Economic Changes in the Chitwan ValleyNovember 14, 2010
Deliberative Governance: Reframing DemocracyOctober 9, 2010
Mediaeval Maithili Stagecraft in the Nepalamandala The Bhaktapur SchoolAugust 2, 2010
Challenges of Sustainable Peace Building and Demilitarizing Development in Post-conflict Sri Lanka: One Year after the WarJuly 6, 2010
Humanitarianism in the 21st Century: Lessons from Afghanistan and Other CrisesApril 15, 2010
Apparent Horizons: South Asia from Its BorderlandsMarch 30, 2010
Levels of Narration in the MahābhārataJanuary 27, 2010
Landscape and Life History in the HimalayaJanuary 11, 2010
Politics without Guarantees: Gramsci, Uneven Development, and the Constitution of a ‘People’January 8, 2010
Nepali Muslims, Islamic Revival, and the ‘New Nepal’: A Look at Secularism, Religion, and the Politicisation of IdentitiesJanuary 4, 2010
From Liberal Democracy to Authoritarian State: A Tale of Constitutional Evolution in Sri Lanka and Possible Lessons for NepalDecember 4, 2009
The Fragile Yam: Nepali ‘Stateness’ and the Renegotiation of Gendered CitizenshipNovember 29, 2009
The Linguistic Survey of Sikkim: Mother Tongues in Education and Public PolicyApril 14, 2009
Nepal: Opportunities and Threats-The Dilemmas of TransitionMarch 11, 2009
Epistemological, Methodological, and Theoretical Dependency: Postmodernism in Development StudiesMarch 8, 2009
Discourse Ethics as a Framework for Intercultural Environmental PhilosophySeptember 24, 2008
Development in the Republic of Nepal: Some Thoughts and ReflectionsSeptember 16, 2008
Emergent Forests: Networks, Subjectivity, and the Governance of Natural ResourcesSeptember 4, 2008
Democracy, Accountability, and a New NepalAugust 21, 2008
Racial Thinking in Nepal Origins and Contemporary Political UsesJune 22, 2008
Unravelling the Mosaic: Spatial Dimensions of Ethnicity in NepalJune 15, 2008
Nepali Masculinities: Ranas, Shahs, and GurkhasJune 1, 2008
Oral History and its Social Context in Dullu, Western NepalOctober 28, 2007
Nepali History as World HistoryJune 20, 2007
A Preliminary Critique of the World Bank/DFID Summary Report Unequal Citizens: Gender, Caste, and Ethnic Exclusions in NepalDecember 3, 2006
The Maoists and the Shamans: A Tale of Bullets, Hail, and PrejudicesNovember 19, 2006
Script and Orality in the Kiranti Language MovementApril 12, 2006
Doing Field Work in the United States of America and Nepal: Some Cross-Cultural ExperiencesMarch 17, 2006
Globalization and the Securitization of Migration: The Context of Nepali Foreign Labour Migrants and Sustainable LivelihoodDecember 16, 2005
Mapping Actors in Carpet Production in the Kathmandu Valley: A Relational Economic GeographyOctober 27, 2005
Missions and Medicine in Nepal: Some Anthropological ReflectionsAugust 9, 2004
The State, Ethnic Diversity and the Development of National Identity: Comparisons between Nepal and the British IslesJuly 26, 2004
Exclusionary Democratization in Nepal: Political Institutions and Elite Attitudes in Comparative PerspectiveJuly 1, 2004
Rebuilding Buddhism: Transnational Theravada Revivalism in NepalMay 27, 2004
Sufism in South Asia: A Meeting Point for SecularismApril 15, 2004
Women, Ideology, and Agency in Nepal’s Maoist MovementJanuary 15, 2004
Thirty Years of Change in a Northwestern Tamang VillageNovember 26, 2003
Power Sharing: Learning Lessons from SwitzerlandAugust 12, 2003
Opening the Chest of Nepal’s History: The Survey of Brian Houghton Hodgson’s Manuscripts from the British Library and Royal Asiatic SocietyJuly 1, 2003
Political Culture, Political Participation, and Political LeadershipJanuary 9, 2003
Bhutanese Refugees: Some Reflections on the Past and PresentJuly 19, 2002