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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 […]

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, […]