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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 […]

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 […]

“Are Sherpa Guides Safe?”: The Risks of Uncritical Orientalism

There has been a lot written about the fight that broke out on Everest on April 27th between three elite alpinists and Sherpa mountaineers. The situation came at a bad time and brought a lot of unwelcome press during the 60 year anniversary  of Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary’s Everest summit. The Guardian’s headline aptly captures […]

Social Commentary on Kathmandu’s Road Expansion Project

I’ve been getting a lot of verbal feedback on my blog post on the road expansion project.  I wish people would post their comments for everyone to read. Since they have not, I’ll share a few choice insights.  First off, I must be doing something right because based on my argument I was accused of being […]