When I’m in a situation that feels beyond control, especially socio-politically, I write. I write what I know in order to get a handle on things. When I think it’s useful I share my writing with others. This last Tuesday I wrote about the shocking discrepancy I observed between how the Nepal security forces were […]
Nepal’s Earthquake Politics » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names.
I am pleased to announce a new open access Cultural Anthropology Hot Spots forum, featuring essays from 14 scholars using “post-conflict” as a lens on Afghanistan, Kashmir, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Co-edited by Sara Shneiderman and me, with contributions from Mona Bhan, Vivian Choi, Noah Coburn, Anila Daulatzai, Thushara Hewage, Dhana Hughes, Heather Hindman, Dan […]
I encourage anybody who is interested in Sri Lankan political history to read Dhana Hughes’ new book on the 1987 JVP insurrection, which covers a time known as “The Terror” (Bheeshanaya). Much of the focus on Sri Lanka’s political conflict is on the civil war in the north and east with the different Tamil […]
Nepal went through it’s big festival season in October and November. I know it’s past and but a distant memory for most Nepalis who are still reeling from election results (post to come). But Tihār is one of my favorite festivals so I want to explain it to those who’ve never experienced it and I […]
I’ve been meaning to comment on Thira Bhusal’s piece on the growing anarchy in the Nepali Student Unions. Such anarchy is no surprise to me or anyone else who follows Nepali politics. This article opens with a summary of the lethargy amongst the three largest student unions. Neither the All Nepal Free Student Union (ANNFSU […]
I encourage you to check out Cabeiri deBergh Robinson’s new book, Body of Victim, Body of Warrior: Refugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists. Her ethnographic analysis provides a unique socio-historical perspective into the political struggles of Azad Kashmir. It would be a value addition to advanced undergraduate or graduate courses focusing on: modern Islam, political […]