Category Archives: Guest Lecture Series

Feminism in Nepal by Meena Acharya


Death Ritual Practice among Hindu Chettris of Kathmandu Valley

Death Ritual Practice among Hindu Chettris of Kathmandu Valley


Professor and Head, Om Gurung, Ph.D – Introduction to Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Tribhuvan University.



Guest Lecture Series IV by Pyatyoush Onta

Pratyoush Onta

समाज विज्ञानमा नयाँ विषयवस्तु र नयाँ पुस्ता

हरि बहादुर भुजेल (विभास) (24)hari_bhujel

( प्रस्तुत लेख आगामी ‘समाज विज्ञानमा नयाँ पुस्ता प्राज्ञिक गैरसरकारी संस्थाको भूमिका’ नामक लेख अध्ययन गरि सके पछि छलफलकको लागि मात्र लेखिएको हो । यसले सोमबार हुने प्रत्यूष वन्तको लेक्चर सेरिजलाई थप उपलब्धीमूलक बनाउन मद्दत गर्ने आशा गर्दछु ।)

समाज विज्ञानको क्षेत्र ब्यापक छ । समाजको बदलिदो स्वरुप सँगै समाजविज्ञानका क्षेत्रहरु पनि ब्यापक विस्तारित भैरहेका छन् । समाजका विभिन्न अवयवहरुको यथार्थ तरिकाले उद्घाटन गर्नु आजको आवश्यकता बनिरहेको छ । यसै सन्दर्भमा अन्नुसन्धानकर्ता प्रत्यूष वन्तले समाज विज्ञानमा नयाँ पुस्ताको आगमनलाई सरलिकरण गर्ने काम गरेर सहज बनाइदिएका छन् ।

नयाँ पुस्ताले समाज विज्ञान के कसरी योगदान दिन सक्दछन् ? यसको लागि कस्तो वातावरण विध्यमान छ र अव के हुनु पर्छ? भन्ने विषयमा वन्तले दिएका सुझावहरु मनन योग्य छन् । यो लेख वन्तले उठाएको सबै बिषयप्रति पूर्ण सहमति जनाउदै उनले उठाउदा उठाउदै छायाँमा परेको महशुस भएका केहि विषय उठान गर्ने हेतुले लेखिएको हो । लेखमा उल्लेखित विषय वस्तु पूर्ण संशोधित वा प्रशोधित नभइ एक नयाँ समाज विज्ञानको विद्यार्थीको नाताले उठाइएका नितान्त आनुभाविक हुन् । जसले थप छलफल र विश्लेषणको लागि ठाउँ पाउने अपेक्षा गरेको छु ।  Continue reading →

Guest Lecture Series-III

Meena Acharya_GLS


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Love birds in cage

Avash Bhandari (24)Avash Bhandari

* (This essay was originally written on February 4, 2012 and most arguments advanced here based on my limited reading seem too naïve to me a year after. In spite of it I think this is worthy a piece to share with friends laugh at my past eccentricities.)

Valentine’s Day is arguably the most commercialized ritual in Kathmandu among the youths. On the account that it is devoid of any popular cultural roots whatsoever in this part of the world, it can also be called an event that sprang from the top (tuppa bata palaeko). Roles of post 1990 mass media and its counterpart neo-liberalism cannot be neglected for a “proper” and “pop” understanding of it. This writer knew about the existence of such a day from Nepal television and “pop songs” it broadcasted. “Love” was the privileged discourse in the private boarding school amongst those of us who grew up and grew old with the parliamentary multiparty democracy after the so called end of history and ideology in some part of the world. As we grew up we were educated more about “love” and Valentine’s Day (so difficult this word was to pronounce) but were we taught what really was or what actually sells?     .                      

History of “love”

“Love” or “exclusive love” as is popular today is a cultural by-product of capitalism. A clear difference can be deciphered in the pattern of relationships between men and women over the long period of humans’ social evolution.

When feudalism was the prevailing organizing principle and production mode, society revolved around caste, clan, and kinship and other forces of ascription. “Love” between individuals before marriage was therefore almost non existent. After marriage too, obligations and rituals governed conjugal relationship. As feudal society’s values emphasized honor and loyalty, relations between individuals were hardly “free” and at best women were men’s desirable object to “do love”. “Love” in feudal society could not originate without fertile ground for individualism. Continue reading →

Guest Lecture Series – II


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Guest Lecture Series – I

Guest Lecture Series - I