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The Politics of “Post-conflict”: On the Ground in South Asia

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 […]

Check it out: Dhana Hughes’ book on the 1987 JVP insurrection in Souther Sri Lanka

  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’s Festival Season

  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 […]

Anarchy in the Nepali Student Unions: Some Sociohistorical Context

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 […]

Body of Victim, Body of Warrior – Cabeiri deBergh Robinson – University of California Press

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 […]