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Queen Elizabeth II’s 1961 visit to Nepal: What can a retrospective view tell us about the present?

This is a great video to get a sense of  how Nepal was framed for the British public in the early sixties. You can see where the roots of certain essentialisms came from, especially Nepal as an exotic Shangri-La that is “friendly to the west but holding jealously to its own standards of values and […]

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 […]

Is education a human right?

Last week my class went to see Salman Khan speak about Khan academy and universal education. My students enjoyed it. Education policy is a priority for a number of them. They said as much when I asked what they would like President Obama to accomplish in his second term.  They are particularly interested in moving […]

Fostering Creativity

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from a friend quoting a pretty scathing summation of the professionalizing impact of grad school made by David Graeber and Stevphen Shukaitis in their introduction to Constituent Imaginations. I won’t quote it in its entirety, but it opens asserting, Graduate school is not on the whole meant […]

Kudos to Grace

Before I post anything else, I need to give credit where credit is due.  Grace Norman designed this slick website and the awesome logo.  And she did it on the side while producing projects like Homeland Afghanistan. Please everyone, check out the Homeland Afghanistan project and expose every kid from the age 8-18 you know.  […]

Hello world!

This is my first blog post embarking on a new adventure.  In April, I am going to Nepal for a year to do research for a project entitled, Alchemists of the Revolution?: Politics of Educated Unemployed Youth. This is a joint project carried out by a research team of six in northern India, Nepal, and […]