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Call for Abstracts Sociology Mela 2017

The Nepal Sociological Association (NSA), like during the preceding years, is organizing a national conference during Tuesday-Wednesday, November 21-22, 2017 (Mangsir 5-6, 2074). The theme of the seminar is Social Structure and Social Change. We believe this theme can capture the widest possible interest among sociologists. The NSA, as such, warmly welcomes your participation in the seminar.

To this end, we invite you to submit an abstract of your projected paper or panel by September 15, 2017.  A panel, it may be noted, comprises of a set of papers and authors on a particular theme. The coordinator of a panel is expected to describe the thematic coherence of the papers at the beginning of a session. There has been an increasing trend in professional meetings to present one’s ideas as part of a thematically focused panel.

If you prefer to present an individual paper, you are, of course, welcome as well.  Whether you prefer to be an individual or a panel presenter, the objective of Sociology Mela 2017 is to encourage the widest possible participation of sociologists.

We believe that a conference is, foremost, an intellectual-professional space. However, an annual professional conference is also a space for professionals to gather together, chat over tea and cookies, form professional and personal friendship, discuss preferences and priorities for the coming months and years, etc. You might as well opt not to present a paper this year but just to meet your colleagues and make friends.

Please send your abstract to

Please note that the NSA is in the final stages of the registration process with the government of Nepal. The ad hoc committee of the NSA believes that the process will be completed by the end of the next month, i.e. August 2017. In any case, it is expected that the registration will be completed before the November seminar. We will keep you posted on our progress on registration. Wefurther expect that the ad hoc committee will dissolve itself and a new executive committee will be formed and lead the NSA for the next couple of years. This event will take place during the last session on the second day of the conference.

We suggest the following subthemes for papers as well as panels.

  • Gender, ethnicity and identity, including Dalit—non-Dalit and Madhesh-Pahadrelations
  • Inequality and new opportunity
  • Citizenship, democracy and human rights
  • Inclusion and intersectionality
  • Media and social media
  • Youth, migration, livelihood and employment
  • Disaster and disaster relief
  • Constitution,elections and governance
  • Political parties, political process, local government and corruption
  • Education, health and social policy
  • Development, diversification and poverty
  • Household, family, marriage and the kinship network

As noted, the preceding list is suggestive. You are free to write on additional themes and topics.
Because only members of the NSA can present papers or organize panels, you must become a member of the NSA prior to the conference. This means, of course, that you can send in abstracts for papers and panels without obtaining a membership. We will send you information on how to obtain membership as soon as possible.

You are also requested to pay the conference registration fee when you arrive here for the conference. The registration fees will support part of the expenditures on food and lodging for the participants.

Please find a copy of the NSA constitution attached.
With high regards to all fellow sociologists,
Chaitanya Mishra
Chairperson, Conference Organizing Committee
President, Ad hoc Committee, Nepal Sociological Association


Celebrating Teej: Unpacking its Gender, Market and Connectivity Dimensions

Sociology of the Teej


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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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 →

Teej: A Reflection on Social Changes

Dinesh Sharu

Dinesh Sharu

According to Hindu religious texts, Teej reflects the union of lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. According to Hindu mythological stories, Parvati practised a severely strict Vrata (a religious fasting) for 107 years to prove her devotion towards lord Shiva. Also, it is said that Parvati had reincarnated for 108 times to obtain Lord Shiva as her husband. Since, Teej is connected to Hindu religion, there seems a lack of strong base to find out the exact answer to address questions like where, when and how regarding its history. Yet, we can at least say that Teej entered in Nepal with the arrival of Hindus. In India, 3 types of Teej are celebrated in states like Gujarat, Rajasthan and Punjab: Hariyali Teej, Kajari Teej and Haritalika Teej. However, in Nepal there seems no existence of Teej other than Haritalika Teej. On the third bright full moon day of Bhadra, women perform their rituals by praying Lord Shiva and Parvati, especially married women for the long life and prosperity of their husband and unmarried women/girls for a husband of a kind they wish. On the day, they do not take foods, not even water to practise their strict Vrata. Other than Vrata, eating ‘Dar’ and dancing/singing are also important aspects of the festival.

How Teej reflects the changing society?

Mainly, a brief attempt to analyze how Nepali society is changing or transforming through the analysis of several elements related to Teej and Teej itself has been made. An analytical description of social changes is attempted on the basis of especially following elements that directly concerns with Teej culture. Continue reading →

Feminism in Nepal by Meena Acharya