Social science news from and about Nepal

February 2019 | No 3


Call for Papers
Kathmandu University School of Education invites submission of abstracts of research papers for the International Conference on TVET for Employment, Income, and Job Quality. The conference will be organised on 11- 12 September 2019, in Kathmandu, Nepal.The conference aims at providing a unique forum for interaction among academics, practitioners, policy makers, researchers, industry/business people active in technical and vocational education and training.
Submission deadline: 15 March 2019.

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Call for Papers
Work Identity and Livelihood in 'New' Nepal Conversations within South Asia
The conference invites papers on the changing dimensions of work and identity in Nepal, where it seeks to discuss questions that are informed by discourses that attribute work and livelihood as well as governance and justice as central to imaginations and practices of nation-state. Conference dates: 18-19 July 2019
Submission deadline: 28 February 2019

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Call for Applications
The International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), in collaboration with the School of Global Studies at Thammasat University, will host a PhD Seminar from 13-14 July 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. The seminar will focus on topics related to the Third Sector, i.e., civil society, the nonprofit sector, philanthropy, social economy, social investment, venture philanthropy, corporate social investment and volunteerism, among others. PhD students at all stages of their doctoral research are invited to apply.
Application deadline: 11 February 2019

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ISTR Asia-Pacific Regional Conference
co-hosted by the School of Global Studies, Thammasat University and Center for Civil Society and Philanthropy, National Institute of Development Administration,
invites abstracts for paper and panel presentations.
Conference dates: 15-16 July 2019
Submission deadline: 11 February 2019
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Call for Research Articles
International Journal of Environment, a peer-reviewed journal published by Progressive Sustainable Developers Nepal, invites submissions for its upcoming issue. Original research articles on, but not limited to, agriculture and environment can be submitted.
Submission deadline: 28 February 2019.
Please write to for further details. 


Full texts of some SINHAS articles are
now online

Full text of some original articles published in the back issues of Studies in Nepali History and Society can now be downloaded or read online. Book reviews published in these issues are freely available. You can get the complete author index here.
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Call on Academics
(not based in Nepal)
Do you plan to be in Kathmandu after 1 April 2019 and would like to present your completed research (i.e., meaning you have mostly processed the research findings and have a written draft to present to your peers in Nepal) at a seminar in Martin Chautari? 
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Books and Journals

A Quest for Dignity
Edited by Diwas Raja KC Picture Library, 2018
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Darjeeling Reconsidered 
Histories, Politics, Environments
Edited by
Townsend Middleton 
Sara Shneiderman
Oxford University Press, 2018
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From a Trickle to a Torrent 
Education, Migration, and Social Change in a Himalayan Valley of Nepal
Geoff Childs &
Namgyal Choedup
University of California Press, 2018
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Reciting the Goddess 
Narratives of Place and the Making of Hinduism in Nepal
Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz
Oxford University Press, 2018
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Samāj Adhyayan
(Vol. 13)
Martin Chautari, 2018
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South Asia China

Yubaraj Sangroula
Lex and Juris Publications, 2018
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Uncertain Journeys
Labour Migration from South Asia
Edited by A.S. Panneerselvan
Speaking Tiger Publishing, 2018
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Transitional Justice in Nepal
Interests, Victims and Agency
Yvette Selim
Routledge, 2018
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Book Chapters, Journal Articles, etc

Accountability and Generating Evidence for Global Health Interventions 
The Case of Misoprostol in Nepal

Jeevan Raj Sharma, Rekha Khatri & Ian Harper 
IDS Bulletin, 49:2, 2018
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An Analysis of Poverty and Inequality among Indigenous Nationalities of Nepal
Nabraj Lama
International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research, 4, 2018
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A Rumour of Empire
The Discourse of Contemporary
Hindu Nationalism in Nepal
Luke Wagner
In ‘Special Issue on Empires and Nationalism’, Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 18:2, 2018
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Influences of Material Aspirations
on Migration

Arland Thornton, Nathalie Williams, Prem Bhandari, Linda Young-DeMarco, Cathy Sun, Jeffrey Swindle, & Christina Hughe
Demography, 2019
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Monetary Compensation for Survivors
of Torture
Some Lessons from Nepal
Jeevan Raj Sharma & Tobias Kelly
Journal of Human Rights Practice, 10:2, 2018
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Moving Beyond Access 
The Landscape of Internet Use and Digital Inequality in Nepal

(Nepalmā Internetko Prayog ra Ḍijiṭal Asamāntāko Paridṛśya)
Nepali English

On Becoming a Woman
Shakti, Storytelling, and Women’s Roles and Rights in Nepal
Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz
Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 44:2, 2019
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Regional Variations in Food Security
in Nepal

Prem Bhandari
Dhaulagiri Journal of Sociology and Anthropology,
12, 2018.
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An Upside to Globalization
International Outmigration Drives Reforestation
in Nepal

Johan A.Oldekop, Katharine R.E. Sims, Mark J. Whittinghan & Arun Agrawal
Global Environmental Change, 52, 2018
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Aspirational Infrastructure
Everyday Brokerage and the Foreign-Employment Recruitment Agencies (FERAs) in Nepal
Tina Shrestha
Pacific Affairs, 91:4, 2018
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Britain-Nepal Relations through the Prism
of Aid

Jeevan Sharma & Ian Harper
European Bulletin of Himalayan Research, 50:51, 2018
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Imaginative Geographies of International Student Mobility
Andrea Kölbel
Social and Cultural Geography, 2018
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Influence of Different Discourses on
the Outcomes of Development Policies
and Projects
Insights from Water Project Implementation
in Nepal 

Juho Haapala & Marko Keskinen
Environmental Policy and Governance, 28:3, 2018
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New Forms of Development
Branding Innovative Ideas and Bidding for Foreign Aid in the Maternal and Child Health Service
in Nepal

Radha Adhikari, Pam Smith, Jeevan Raj Sharma, & Obindra Chand
Globalization and Health, 44:33, 2018
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'There is no point giving cash to women who don't spend it the way they are told
to spend it'
Exploring women's agency over cash in a combined participatory women's groups and cash transfer programme to improve low birthweight
in rural Nepal

Lu Gram, Jolene Skordis-Worrall, Naomi Savill, Dharma S. Manandhar, Neha Sharma, & Joanna Morrison
Social Science and Medicine, 221, 2019
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Ram Kumar Bhandari & Simon Robins
In The Elgar Companion to Post-Conflict Transition
Edited by Hans-Joachim Giessmann, Roger Mac Ginty, Beatrix Austin & Christine Seifert Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018
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New Media and Its Role in Stabilizing Nepal
A Geopolitical Context
Umesh K. Bhattarai
In Media Diplomacy and Its Evolving Role in the Current Geopolitical Climate
Edited by Swati Jaywant Rao Bute, IGI Global, 2018
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Print Media's Role in Securitization
National Security and Diplomacy Discourses in Nepal
Sudeep Uprety
In Media Diplomacy and Its Evolving Role in the Current Geopolitical Climate
Edited by Swati Jaywant Rao Bute, IGI Global, 2018

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New research project on Precarity, Migration and Agency: Women Construction Workers in Nepal. Feyzi Ismail (SOAS, University of London), Kalpana Wilson (Birkbeck College, University of London), and Sambriddhi Kharel and Swechchha Dahal (Nepal) are embarking on the research project supported by Global Challenges Research Fund (Birkbeck QR Grant). This project is about the gendered working conditions experienced by women construction workers in Nepal and existing and potential strategies for transforming these conditions. It focuses on the impact of the government's post-earthquake Mason Training Schemes aimed at women, trade union interventions, and women workers’ informal collective strategies in negotiating with contractors and employers. For more information,
contact Feyzi Ismail at

Sohan Prasad Sha was awarded a PhD degree by Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. His dissertation, 'Towards National Innovation System (NIS) in Nepal: Role of Actors and Institutions in Building Science, Technology and Innovation', attempts to understand the aspects of NIS in Nepal engaging with the ideas of neo-Schumpeterian scholars. Major actors (scientific community, public research organization, universities, and enterprises) were identified to explore transitions towards ‘innovation system' by selectively drawing from the experiences and lessons of other nations (particularly South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Sri Lanka). For more information, contact Sohan Prasad Sha at

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