Cornell University

SAP Conference: “Nepal and Himalayan Studies at Cornell: Community Engagement, Knowledge Circulation, and the Future of Scholarship”

Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:45am to 4:30pm

Kahin Center 640 Stewart Ave.

On April 28-29 2017, the Cornell South Asia Program will host a Nepal & Himalayan Studies Conference, co-sponsored by Global Cornell.  The conference will focus on a broad view of Himalayan Studies, bringing attention not only to Nepal, but also India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Tibet and China.

The conference has three overlapping goals.  First, the conference provides an opportunity to take stock of important recent developments in research on Nepal and Himalayan Studies. Second, we will use this occasion to develop a collaborative conversation about how to protect and further develop these fields of study in North America and beyond. Third, this meeting will bring together people to fete the many accomplishments of Kath March (Professor Emerita of Anthropology), David Holmberg (Professor Emeritus of Anthropology), and Shambhu Oja (Senior Lecturer of Asian Studies) as they move toward retirement.

The conference is co-sponsored by Mario Enaudi Center for International Studies, the Office of the Vice-Provost for International Affairs, Cornell Abroad, the Department of Anthropology, and the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies. 


Friday, April 28 (Kahin Center, 640 Stewart Avenue) 9:00 am - 4:15 pm

Session 1: Environments of Health, Development, and Infrastructure  

Session 2: Political and Social Transformation          

Session 3: Citizenship, Belonging, and Mobility

Keynote:  Michael Hutt (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), 374 Rockefeller Hall, 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm


Saturday, April 29 (Kahin Center, 640 Stewart Avenue) 8:45 am - 6:30 pm

Morning Roundtable: Institution building for Himalayan Studies

Afternoon Roundtable: Ethics of Engagement, Collaboration, and Reciprocity

Keynote: Bandita Sijapati (Social Science Baha) and Mark Turin (University of British Columbia), 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm



Bauer, Ken (Dartmouth College)

Citrin, David  (University of Washington)

Craig, Sienna (Dartmouth College)

Gurung, Ashok (New School)

Hindman, Heather (University of Texas)

Holmberg, David (Cornell)

Hutt, Michael (SOAS)

Lawoti, Mahendra (Western Michigan University)

March, Kathryn (Cornell)

McGranahan, Carol (University of Colorado)

Ramirez, Phillipe (CNRS, Paris)

Rankin, Katharine (University of Toronto)

Robinson, Cabeiri (University of Washington)

Sherpa, Pasang Yangjee (New School)

Shneiderman, Sara (UBC, Vancouver)

Sijapati, Bandita (Social Science Baha)

Snellinger, Amanda (Oxford)

Tamang, Mukta (Tribhuvan University)

Turin, Mark (UBC)

Upreti, Dilli (Tribhuvan University)

Uprety, Laya (Tribhuvan University)

Volkman, Toby (Luce Foundation)

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Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Global Learning, South Asia Program


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Daniel Bass

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607 255 - 8493

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