Celebrating Teej: Unpacking its Gender, Market and Connectivity Dimensions

Sociology of the Teej


Call For Papers

Central Department of Anthropology

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December 16-18, 2016

Kathmandu Nepal

“Earthquake, post-disaster reconstruction and the state in Nepal”

The first Nepal anthropology conference was held in February 2015 in Kathmandu on the eve of formation of independent Department of Anthropology in Tribhuvan University after working for more than three decades in a joint department of Sociology/Anthropology. The conference aimed at providing forum for anthropologists in, from and of Nepal to engage in the exchange of their research along with the deliberation on the theme of the year “Past and new directions in Nepali anthropology”. The conference concluded with collective hopes, aspirations and an outline of pathways for future work.

One of the resolutions of the first conference was to make the annual conference on Nepal anthropology a tradition and part of growing scholarly culture in Nepal. It is in this spirit that second annual conference is being planned…

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Theory: What, Why, How?

Chaitanya Mishra

Chaitanya Mishra

Theory is not something that is opposed to “practical”. It is not something that is fluffy, up-in-the-air or on the clouds, far away, and unseen. It is not something that can be avoided, however much one might wish to. It is necessarily implicated in how we view and explain the social (or any other) world—not only while doing Sociology but also in daily life. Does everything “have a theory”? You bet. Is theory something that very difficult to engage in? No, it is not that difficult. It calls attention, principally, to view a social attribute (including quantitative ones such as ratio, proportion, rate, etc.), relationship, category, process, etc. within a more encompassing historical-structural framework and process.         Continue reading →

Sociology of the Monsoon Devastation by Man Bahadur Thapa

Sociology of the Monsoon

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A Talk by Pratyoush Onta

Central Department of Anthropology

20 Years of the Journal Studies in Nepali History and Society (SINHAS): Reflections on an Experiment in Quality Academic Publishing

By Pratyoush Onta

1-3 pm, July 15 2016 @ Central Department of Anthropology, TU



imgres.jpgStudies in Nepali History and Society (SINHAS) was founded in 1996 by four academics, two Nepalis and two North Americans – three of whom were anthropologists and one historian – all trained in American universities. Published by Mandala Book Point from Kathmandu, 40 separate issues of this journal, each about 200 pages thick, constituting 20 full volumes have already been published. Many Nepal Studies practitioners now acknowledge that SINHAS has become a leading platform of quality academic publishing in their field.

In this talk, one of the founding editors of SINHAS, reflects on the 20 years of this journal. In the first part of this presentation, I will share what I consider to be some…

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National Seminar on Contemporary Social Science Practice in Nepal

Flyer MishraAs historical products, modern social science disciplines emerged within a broadly specific world context of the latter half of the 19th century. Inevitably, political and economic transitions since then have reshaped social sciences in major ways, including by generating new disciplines, delegitimizing several others, and producing distinctive “hybrid” disciplines—some of which fully taken shape as full-fledged disciplines for long—in several other instances. In addition, regional, national and, in some instances, local contexts have distinctively shaped the theory and practice as well as teaching and research of social sciences. Advances in social sciences, as in all other “sectors,” have also been highly uneven across the regions, countries and localities.    Continue reading →

Research Methodology Training Workshop

Research Methology


Flyer Bhattachan Farewell

Marwari Trade and Charity in the Time of Crisis: Reflecting on Earthquakes and ‘Naya Nepal(s)’

Mallika Shakya is an economic anthropologist with a PhD from LSE, and postdoctorals from Oxford and Pretoria. She works on industrialisation, socio-economic embeddedness and labour. She examined the rise and fall of readymade garment industry in Nepal between 2001 and 2011, which exposed her to the turbulent national politics rooted in the Maoist movement in Nepal during that time. Continue reading →

हामी हरुवाहरुको सम्झना

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भन्छन्, ‘जित्नेको इतिहास हुन्छ
हार्नेको सम्झनामात्र बाँकी रहन्छ’
हामी, कहलिएको ‘भुसतिघ्रे’,
‘भोटे’, ‘लाहुरे’,
‘तिघ्रे र पर्वते स्वाँठे’,
‘जङ्गल फाँडेर खनीखोस्री खाने’,
‘अयोग्य, मतुवाली र पाखण्डी, नीच, निर्दयी’
धेरै गहिरो चोट र व्यथाहरुका सम्झनाहरुमात्र
बाँकी छ

हामीलाई सम्झना छ,
हाम्रो आस्था र श्रद्धाको
फेदाङवा, यावा, सावा र युमा,
सुम्निमा र पारुहाङ,
पे, पच्यु, घ्याब्रे र पेतालुता,
बाठौ र गुरुवा,
बोम्बो र साङदुङ्ग,
आजु र अजिमा,
ट्होम र लम च्हयोम ट्हुङ्ब,
ल्ह ल्हाङ्वा न्हुर्बु, ल्ह घाङ्लासिङ्गी कर्पो,
ल्ह छयुरीन ग्याल्मो र ल्ह ह्यावा ¥हाङ्ज्युङको
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