Social science news from and about Nepal

August 2019 | No 6


Social Protection Conference
The International Conference on Resilient Social Protection for an Inclusive Future is being organised by the National Planning Commission, Government of Nepal, and Social Science Baha in collaboration with the ILO, GIZ, UN ESCAP, The World Bank, UNICEF and UKAid in Kathmandu. The Conference will focus specifically on social security allowances/cash transfers, and include other themes, such as child and family benefits, productive inclusion programmes, shock-responsive social protection, and programmes reaching minority and disadvantaged groups, such as disability grants.
Conference dates: 18 & 19 September 2019

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Call for Papers

Martin Chautari invites papers for full-length articles on the cultural politics of Panchayat era Nepal (1960-1990 AD) for inclusion in an edited volume. Apart from several new articles, it will include some articles that have been published before as is and some in a revised form. This book will be edited by Pratyoush Onta et al. and published by Martin Chautari in 2020. Interested individuals are requested to send an abstract along with a brief introduction of themselves and a list of prior related publications if relevant to
Language of publication will be English.
Abstract word length: 500 words
Abstract submission deadline: 26 August 2019

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The Mahesh Chandra Regmi Lecture 2019
Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Bielefeld, delivered the Mahesh Chandra Regmi Lecture 2019 on ‘Nepal and the Wealth of Knowledge: Inequality, Aspiration, Competition and Belonging’.
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Download the lecture (in pdf)

Fee waiver

Since Nepal is an Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) partner country, authors from Nepal are eligible for a waiver of the Article Processing Charges (APC) while publishing their articles in open access journals published by Sage and Taylor & Francis.
Please follow the links for more details.
Sage | Taylor & Francis
Or, contact the EIFL Country Coordinator for Nepal, Jagadish Aryal

Call for Proposals

Martin Chautari invites proposals for full-length articles on any aspect of early twentieth century Nepal (1900-1950 AD) for inclusion in an edited volume on the said period to be published in 2020. Interested individuals are requested to send an abstract along with a brief introduction of themselves to
Language of publication will be English.
Abstract word length: 400-500 words
Abstract submission deadline: 15 August 2019

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Vol 39, No 1, 2019
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Journal of APF
Command and
Staff College

Vol 2, No 1, 2019

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Studies in Nepali
History and Society
Vol 24, No 1, 2019
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Proceedings 2015
The Annual Kathmandu Conference on
Nepal & the Himalaya

Social Science Baha, 2019
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Proceedings 2016
The Annual Kathmandu Conference on
Nepal & the Himalaya

Social Science Baha, 2019
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Decolonised and Developmental
Social Work
A Model from Nepal
Raj Yadav

Routledge, 2019

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Role of Shreepali Basnyat in the Unification of Nepal
Niranjan Man Singh Basnyat
Mrs. Renu Basnyat, 2019

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Foundation of Psychology
Pralhad Adhikari
Asmita Books
Publishers and Distributors, 2019

Maoist People's War and the Revolution of Everyday Life in Nepal
Ina Zharkevich
Cambridge University Press, 2019

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Journal articles

‘At Least the Government is Watching out for us Now’
Dalit Perceptions and Experiences of Governance and Cash Transfers in Three Villages in
Sarlahi, Nepal

Kristie Drucza
Modern Asian Studies, 2019
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Communicative Orders in Collision and Collusion with Natural Resource Management Regimes in Nepal
Ben Campbell
Ethnos, 2019
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Converting Convergence into Cooperation
The United States and India in South Asia
Constantino Xavier
Asia Policy, 14:1, 2019
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Indigenous Adult Women, Learning and Social Justice
Challenging Deficit Discourses in the Current
Policy Environment

Sushan Acharya, Catherine M. Jere &
Anna Robinson-Pant
Studies in the Education of Adults, 2019
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Masters of Hybridity
How Activists Reconstructed Nepali Society

David Gellner
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute,
25:2, 2019
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Simultaneous Identities
Ethnicity and Nationalism in Mother Tongue Education in Nepal
Uma Pradhan
Nations and Nationalism, 25:2, 2019
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An Assessment of Potential Synergies and Trade-offs Between Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Policies
of Nepal

Subina Shrestha &
Shobhakar Dhakal
Journal of Environmental Management,
235:1, 2019
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Colour Terms in Tibeto-Burman Languages
Benjamin Chung &
Mark Turin
Rocznik Orientalistyczny/Yearbook of Oriental Studies, LXXI:Z, 2018
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Higher Education in Nepal
A Handmaiden of Neoliberal Instrumentalism
Kapil Dev Regmi
Higher Education Policy, 2019
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Kasto Sanghiyatale Desh Tukrae, Kastole Majbut Banae?
(What Type of Federalism Disintegrated Countries, Which Type Consolidated?)
Mahendra Lawoti
Ningwasa, 7:7, 2019 
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Revealing What is Dear
The Post-Earthquake Iconization of the
Dharahara, Kathmandu

Michael Hutt
The Journal of Asian Studies, 2019
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The Question of Equal Representation of Citizens in the Legislature of Nepal
Rhetoric and Reality
Ganesh Prasad Pandeya &
Tatsuo Oyama
Asian Journal of Political Science, 27:1, 2019
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Tourism and the Geopolitics of Buddhist Heritage in Nepal
Kalyan Bhandari
Annals of Tourism Research, 75, 2019
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Book chapters

Constitution and Conflict
Mono-ethnic Federalism in a Poly-ethnic Nepal
Mahendra Lawoti
In Identities in South Asia: Conflicts and Assertions,
edited by Vivek Sachdeva, Queeny Pradhan and Anu Venugopalan
Routledge, 2019
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The Promise of Representative Bureaucracy and Citizen’s Trust in the Civil Service in Nepal
Ishtiaq Jamil
In Civil Service Management and Administrative Systems in South Asia,
edited by Ishtiaq Jamil, Tek Nath Dhakal & Narendra Raj Paudel
Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
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Power and Sandwiched Sovereignty
Nepali Migrant Workers in the Gulf Countries
Hari KC
In Exclusion and Inclusion in International Migration: Power, Resistance and Identity,
edited by Armağan Teke Lloyd
Transnational Press London, 2019
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Women's Political Empowerment
Lessons for Subnational Levels of Government – Nepal, Pakistan, Rwanda, and Indonesia

Roberta Ryan &
Ronald Woods
In Civic Engagement and Politics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
IGI Global, 2019
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Research reports

Reconstructing Nepal
Post-Earthquake Experiences from Bhaktapur, Dhadng and Sindhupalchowk
Bina Limbu, Nabin Rawal, Manoj Suji, Prakash Chandra Subedi & Jeevan Baniya
Social Science Baha, 2019
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The Implications of Closing Civic Space for Sustainable Development in Nepal
Sohela Nazneen & Deepak Thapa
Institute of Development Studies and
ACT Alliance, 2019
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Nepal Earthquake
Reconstruction Research
Scoping Study
Lena Michaels, Jeevan Baniya &
Nadeem Ahmed
IMC Worldwide, 2019
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Institutional Assessment of Rights-based Advocacy in the Western Tarai 
Research Brief 25
Martin Chautari, 2019
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Labour Migration from Nepal

Centre for the Study of Labour and Mobility, 2019
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Sanjaya Mahato was awarded a PhD degree from the Graduate School for Social Research (GSSR), Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw in April 2019. His dissertation, ‘Ethnicity, Political Parties and Voter’s Alignments: A Case Study of the Democratic Elections of Nepal after 1990’, tries to answer whether political party or ethnicity, or both, influence voters’ alignments in Nepal. The research indicates that ethnic movements after the 1990s have led to the institutionalisation of ethnic issues in mainstream politics and increased ethnic politics, changing the candidacy patterns among the major political parties of Nepal.
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The Newsletter is a periodic electronic publication from Social Science Baha, Kathmandu, featuring information and latest developments on Nepal-related social science activities. It will initially be offered as a bi-monthly service, and the frequency may change depending on demand and available content. The Newsletter is a free service of Social Science Baha's, in keeping with its mandate to contribute to Nepal’s social science knowledge generation and dissemination.

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