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Check it out: CA Hotspots Collection on 2015 Earthquakes in Nepal

I am pleased to announce a new open access Cultural Anthropology Hot Spots forum, featuring essays from Nepal-focused social scientists addressing the socio-cultural nuance and historical context necessary to rebuild Nepal after it’s devastating series of earthquakes in the spring of 2015. Posts in This Series Introduction: Aftershocked by Cameron David Warner, Heather Hindman and […]

How to Help Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts

We are all processing the horrible news about Nepal’s earthquake on April 25,2015. Aftershocks are continuing. People are still sleeping outside. And it is raining. The extent of the damage is yet to be assessed and the relief effort is just beginning. It is especially difficult to get help to the villages most hit since […]

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 […]

Here down in Birganj

I’ve now been in the city of Birganj, in Nepal’s Parsa district for a month and half and I’ve yet to post anything.  This is in part because it has taken me a bit of time to absorb this place, I’ve been hectic with both field research and writing projects, and I’ve had an entertaining, […]

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 […]