Social Science Baha

The annual Mahesh Chandra Regmi Lecture was instituted by Social Science Baha to honour the seminal contribution of historian Mahesh Chandra Regmi to Nepali scholarship. The lecture series invites eminent scholars of the social sciences to present their work before a Kathmandu audience and has now become a much-anticipated event in Nepal’s academic calendar.

The inaugural Mahesh Chandra Regmi Lecture was delivered by Harka Gurung on 24 April, 2003, at the opening of the conference ‘The Agenda of Transformation: Inclusion in Nepali Democracy’. Dr Gurung’s lecture entitled ‘Trident and Thunderbolt: Cultural Dynamics in Nepali Politics’ was given in the presence of the late Mahesh Chandra Regmi himself who was the chief guest on the occasion. Unfortunately, that proved to be Regmi’s last public appearance. (Click here to read the obituary.)

2019Joanna Pfaff-CzarneckaNepal and the Wealth of KnowledgeJul 23, 2019
2018Gautama V. VajracharyaNepal Samvat and Vikrama SamvatAug 30, 2018
2017David HolmbergEthnography, History, Culture Enduring Oppositions and Creative Dynamism in NepalDec 11, 2017
2016David GellnerThe Idea of NepalDec 11, 2016
2015Shiv VisvanathanRethinking Secularism: An Invitation to an ExperimentFeb 01, 2016
2014Chaitanya MishraWhat Led to the 2006 Democratic Revolution in Nepal?Apr 12, 2015
2013Vandana ShivaSeed Freedom and Food Freedom in Times of GlobalisationDec 22, 2013
2012André BéteilleThe Varieties of DemocracyNov 07, 2012
2011James F. FisherGlobalisation in Nepal: Theory and PracticeAug 17, 2011
2010Elinor OstromInstitutions and ResourcesDec 07, 2010
2009Romila ThaparThe Vamshavali from Chamba: Reflections of a Historical TraditionOct 14, 2009
2008David LuddenWhere Is the Revolution? Towards a Post-National Politics of Social JusticeAug 12, 2008
2007Ashis NandyThe Return of the Sacred: The Language of Religion and the Fear of Democracy in a Post-Secular WorldDec 13, 2007
2006Michael OppitzClose-Up and Wide-Angle: On Comparative Ethnography in the Himalaya and BeyondDec 16, 2006
2005Gerard ToffinFrom Kin to Caste: The Role of Guthis in Newar Society and CultureSep 23, 2005
2004Kumar Pradhanदार्जिलिडमा नेपाली जातियता र वर्तमान केही जनजातीय अडानहरुAug 18, 2004
2003Harka GurungTrident and Thunderbolt: Cultural Dynamics in Nepalese PoliticsApr 24, 2003