Social science news from and about Nepal

June 2019 | No 5


Call for Participation
Registration is now open for the
Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya
jointly organised by Social Science Baha, Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, Britain-Nepal Academic Council,
Centre for Himalayan Studies-CNRS, and
Nepal Academic Network (Japan).
Conference dates: 24-26 July 2019
Early bird registration until 24 June 2019

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The Mahesh Chandra Regmi Lecture 2019
Nepal and the Wealth of Knowledge: Inequality, Aspiration, Competition and Belonging
Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka
Professor of Social Anthropology,
University of Bielefeld
5 pm, 23 July 2019
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Funded by the UK government’s Global Challenges Research Fund through the Arts and Humanities Research Council, After the Earth’s Violent Sway: the tangible and intangible legacies of a natural disaster is a collaborative project between SOAS University of London, Martin Chautari and Social Science Baha.
The project's Digital Library is now accessible.
If you are researching the 2015 Nepal earthquake and its aftermath, please consider sending a short summary of your findings to SWAY for its blog.

BNAC PhD Dissertation Prize 2019

The Britain Nepal Academic Council (BNAC)’s PhD Dissertation Prize (2019) is awarded to
Dr. Samuele Poletti for his PhD dissertation chapter
‘The good, the dead and the Other: Chronicles of a Nepali Phantasmicide’.
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Books and Journals

By the Way of the Border
Travels Around the Frontiers and Beyuls of Nepal
Maxmillan Mørch
Vajra Books, 2019

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Kingship and Polity on the Himalayan Borderland
Rajput Identity During the Early Colonial Encounter
Arik Moran
Amsterdam University Press, 2019

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Nepal Worldview
Madhu Raman Acharya
Adroit Publishers, 2019
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Peasant Studies in Nepal
Edited by
Laya Prasad Uprety,
Suresh Dhakal
Jagat Basnet
Vajra Books, 2018
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Political Transformations in Nepal
Dalit Inequality
and Social Justice

Mom Bishwakarma
Routledge, 2019
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Three Fruits
Nepali Ayurvedic Doctors on Health, Nature,
and Social Change

Edited by
Mary M. Cameron

Lexington Books, 2019

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Women in Nepali Politics
Binda Pandey
Adarsh Books, 2019

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European Bulletin of Himalayan Research
No 52, Winter 2018
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Journal of
International Affairs
Vol 2, No 1, 2018
Edited by Khadga K.C., Dhruva Karki &
Pramod Jaiswal

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Journal of Psychiatrists’ Association of Nepal
Vol 7, No 1, 2018
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Journal of Tourism
and Adventure

Vol 1, No 1, 2018
Edited by
Ramesh Raj Kunwar

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Studies in Nepali
History and Society
Vol 23, No 2, 2018
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The Geographical Journal of Nepal
Vol 12, 2019
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Journal Articles, Book Chapters, etc.

Travelling Castes
Nepalese Immigrants in Australia
Mitra Pariyar
South Asian Diaspora, 11(1), 2019
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When Disaster Hits Home
Diaspora Engagement After Disasters
Richa Shivakoti
Migration and Development, 2019
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Interest and Intent in Pursuing Higher Education
Nepali Students' Perceptions on Study Abroad Experiences
Michelle Welsch
In International Student Mobility and Opportunities for Growth in the Global Marketplace
IGI Global, 2018
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Getting in, Dropping out, and Staying on
Determinants of Girls’ School Attendance in Nepal
Sarah LeVine
In The Impact of Education in South Asia: Perspectives from Sri Lanka to Nepal
Edited by Helen Ullrich 
Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
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Maoism and Political Violence of People’s War in Nepal
Subho Basu
In Political Violence in South Asia
Edited by Ali Riaz, Zobaida Nasreen & Fahmida Zaman
Routledge, 2018
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Federalism and School Education
(in Nepali)
Martin Chautari, 2019
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Harsha Man Maharjan of Martin Chautari was awarded a PhD degree by Kyoto University, Japan, in March 2019. His dissertation, ‘Digital Transitions and the Making of Online Newspapers in Nepal’, analyses the transition of Nepali newspapers from print to digital platforms. It focuses on the transformations of private and public newspaper organisations – Kantipur Publications and Gorkhapatra Corporation ­– and their technological capabilities within the changing political, economic and cultural contexts. For more information, contact Harsha Man Maharjan at

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October 2018 | December 2018 | February 2019 | April 2019

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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