NEPAL ANTHROPOLOGY: SECOND ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2016
December 16-18, 2016
“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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