Social Science Baha

Weekly Reading Seminar Series

Supported by: Open Society Foundations, New York
Project duration: 1 March 2012 to 31 December 2012

The Weekly Reading Seminar Series sought to bring together university and college faculty and other interested individuals and engage them in critical scholarly debate in a particular thematic area. It was conceived as an interdisciplinary platform for continuous academic engagement in order to make the teaching and learning experience a challenging and rewarding one for the faculty as well as their students.
A total of eight weekly sessions were held on each theme led by a senior scholar. The Seminar Series used original texts to introduce the themes and the participants were expected to attend the seminars and take active part in the discussions, having gone through the readings that were provided beforehand.
These seminars were primarily meant for university and college teachers but applications were also open to other individuals with at least a master’s degree. It was required for participants to have a good command of English to comprehend the readings provided although the discussions at the seminar were conducted in both English and Nepali. Participants were also required to write a short paper at the end of the seminar.

The Weekly Reading Seminar Series was organised jointly by Social Science Baha & Nepā School of Social Sciences and Humanities. The seminars were held in the mornings, from 6.30 to 8.30 am, at the Nepā School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Chabahil. The seminars were subsidised by a grant from the Open Society Foundations, but participants were expected to pay a nominal fee of NRS 1200 per seminar (which included the cost of the reading packet).

The seminars were handed over to the Nepā School of Social Sciences and Humanities in 2013.
The following Weekly Reading Seminars were organised from 20 August, 2012. 
Mondays: ‘State, Conflict, and Post-conflict Transition’ with Sudhindra Sharma
Wednesdays: ‘Anthropology and History’ with Prista Ratanapruck
Fridays: ‘Global Perspective on Poverty and Inequality’ with Saurav Dev Bhatta
The following two seminars were organised from 16 April to 9 June, 2012:
Mondays: ‘Understanding Violence’ with Hari Sharma
Fridays: ‘Understanding Diversity and Inclusion’ with Mukta Singh Lama-Tamang