Social Science Baha

Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Nepal

Social Science Baha
 would like to invite you to a panel discussion on the book

Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Nepal: Identities and Mobilization after 1990
edited by Mahendra Lawoti and Susan Hangen

2 pm • 31 December, 2012 (Monday) • Yala Maya Kendra, Patan Dhoka

The following contributors to the book will be speaking during the occasion:

    1. Bandita Sijapati (Social Science Baha; Nepa School of Social Sciences and Humanities): ‘In Pursuit of Recognition: Regionalism, Madhesi Identity and the Madhes Andolan’
    2. Krishna Bhattachan (Tribhuvan University): ‘Ethnopolitics and Ethnodevelopment: An Emerging Paradigm in Nepal—with a Postscript’
    3. Mahendra Lawoti (Western Michigan University): ‘Dynamics of Mobilization: Varied Trajectories of  Dalit, Indigenous Nationalities, and Madhesi Movements’; and ‘Transforming Ethnic Politics, Transforming the Nepali Polity: From Peaceful Nationalist Mobilization to the Rise of Armed Separatist Groups’
    4. Mallika Shakya (University of Pretoria): ‘Nepali Economic History through the Ethnic Lens: Changing State Alliances with Business Elites’
    5. Mollica Dastider (University of Delhi): ‘Refusing to Choose: The Muslim Madhesis and the Coexistence of Religious and Regional Identity in Nepal’s Tarai’
    6. Steven Folmar (Wake Forest University): ‘Problems of Identity for Dalits in Nepal’s Nationalist Project’
    7. Mahendra Lawoti will introduce the book before individual authors make presentations on their chapters followed by a Q&A session.

      The event will be moderated by Dipak Gyawali of Social Science Baha.

      Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in Nepal: Identities and Mobilization after 1990
      (London: Routledge, 2012; special Nepal edition, 2012)

      Identity movements, based on ethnicity, caste, language, religion and regional identity, have become increasingly significant in Nepal, reshaping debates on the definition of the nation, nationalism and the structure of the state. This book analyzes the rapid rise in ethnic and nationalist mobilization and conflict since 1990, the dynamics and trajectories of these movements, and their consequences for Nepal.

      From an interdisciplinary perspective, the book looks at the roots of mobilization and conflicts, the reasons for the increase in mobilization and violent activities, and the political and social effects of the movements. It provides a historical context for these movements and investigates how identities intersect with forms of political and economic inequality. Nepal’s various identity groups—Dalits, indigenous nationalities, Madhesis and Muslims—have mobilized to different extents. By examining these diverse movements within the same time period and within a unitary state, the book illuminates which factors are more salient for the mobilization of identity groups.

      Bringing together empirical contributions on key issues in identity production, mobilization, and conflict in a comparative perspective, the book presents an interesting and important contribution to South Asian studies as well as studies of nationalism and identity more broadly.