The papers contained in this volume were presented at the Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya, 24-26 July, 2019, organised by Social Science Baha, the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, Britain-Nepal Academic Council, Centre for Himalayan Studies-CNRS and Nepal Academic Network (Japan).
Not all the papers presented at the conference were submitted for publication; some were published in other platforms while others remain unpublished. The conference schedule is provided in the appendix of this volume. The full list of presentations made at the conference along with the abstracts submitted can be viewed at


Improving Learning Outcomes through School Improvement Plans
Shak Bahadur Budhathoki

Enduring Islam and ‘Muslimness’ in Trans-Himalayas: Some Reflections from the Case of the Gorkha Muslims and Tibetan Muslims in the Eastern Himalayan Town of Darjeeling, India
Anup Shekhar Chakraborty

Summer Farmers, Winter Traders: Loba’s Adaptation through Changing Socio-Political Times
Yangchen Dolker and Khem Shreesh

Cultural Tourism: An Ethnographic Study of Homestay in Briddim Village, Nepal
Tek Bahadur Dong

A Political Ecology of Neoliberal Climate Mitigation Policy in Nepal
Shangrila Joshi

Labour in the High Himalayas: Recruitment and Agency of Mountaineering Expedition Labour on Nanga Parbat and Everest (1922–1939)
Nokmedemla Lemtur

Centering Himalayan Stray Dogs: Reframing the Narrative of Non-Human Being Subjectivity and Agency
Sese Ma

Issues in the Development of Community-Led Tourism in Nepal: The Example of Dhorpatan Region
Ravindra Nyaupane, Mike Pretious and Suvash Khadka

Guthis Abroad: Newars and Continuation of the Tradition of Community Cooperation
Shobhit Shakya

The Determinants of Disaster Resilience in Nepal: An Assessment of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience in Nepal after the 2015 Earthquake
Jinglu Song and Rishikesh Pandey



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