Call For Papers

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December 16-18, 2016

Kathmandu Nepal

“Earthquake, post-disaster reconstruction and the state in Nepal”

The first Nepal anthropology conference was held in February 2015 in Kathmandu on the eve of formation of independent Department of Anthropology in Tribhuvan University after working for more than three decades in a joint department of Sociology/Anthropology. The conference aimed at providing forum for anthropologists in, from and of Nepal to engage in the exchange of their research along with the deliberation on the theme of the year “Past and new directions in Nepali anthropology”. The conference concluded with collective hopes, aspirations and an outline of pathways for future work.

One of the resolutions of the first conference was to make the annual conference on Nepal anthropology a tradition and part of growing scholarly culture in Nepal. It is in this spirit that second annual conference is being planned to provide opportunities for young and senior anthropologists to share their work among themselves and with wider academic community. Papers are thus invited on any aspects pertaining to history, society and cultures of Nepal researched and analyzed from ethnographic and anthropological perspective in particular and social science in general.

In addition to the general papers, we have also chosen “Earthquake, post-disaster reconstruction and the state” as a theme for the second annual conference. Nepal experienced a devastating earthquake in April 2015, just two months after first conference. About 9,000 people died, 22 thousands left injured. Almost a million families become homeless and indigenous cultural heritage destroyed. For the people living in the 14 most affected districts surrounding Kathmandu valley, not only the geographic but also social and cultural landscape has dramatically altered. Right from the beginning, anthropologists, both inside and outside the country were engaged to comprehend the phenomenon from peoples’ perspective including that of relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction, engaged in debate on ways for rebuilding. The move towards rebuilding on the part of the state, nevertheless, has been exceptionally slow as even after a year, there is no single house that was built by government support for the earthquake survivors. The engagement of the state was reported to be relatively praiseworthy during rescue operation but has turned out to be inefficient in its response to reconstruction support beginning with discrimination in relief distribution. The state thus becomes a central loci of our inquiry along peoples everyday lives in disaster.

The 2nd Annual meeting theme thus invites works that deals with the issues central to the debate on earthquake and its aftermath. It seeks to explore how is earthquake interpreted, its’ causality and preparedness for catastrophe? What do we mean by human causes of disaster? What are the reasons for differential impact on and response from diverse social groups, including poor, marginalized, women, children, Dalits and indigenous groups? What are the culturally specific approach to deal with suffering, recovery and rebuilding? What are the relationship between discrimination, inclusion, social justice and disaster? How to understand the geographic, social and political distance to the state for the people belonging to diverse social, cultural, and linguistic background? What can we say about role of I/NGOs and private business from nature of their involvement in the disaster? And how earthquake engendered disaster capitalism with inflated notion of nationalism, if there is any relationship between two? Moreover, the conference attempts to ask how and in what ways peoples’ right over re-building their own houses and community in collaboration with external support is and can be respected?

Papers and Panels
Proposals are invited for stand-alone papers or three-paper panels. Interested persons are requested to send their abstract of 500 words along with their 2-page CV  by September 30 2016.  
The final paper not exceeding 5,000 words MUST BE submitted by November 22, 2016. Without the submission of the complete paper, participants will not be allowed to present their papers. Papers will be grouped based on thematic areas and each paper will be provided 20 minutes for presentation.

For the panel proposal, individual and institutions can propose three paper panels on a particular theme including the proposal for chair. Panel proposal should have 500 words abstracts of all papers as well as panel abstract. The CVs of presenters should also be included. The panel proposal with specific paper abstracts should be submitted by September 30, 2016.

The conference organizing committee together with the advisory board will evaluate the proposal and make the final decision on acceptance of the paper based on originality of research, ideas, appropriateness of methods and engagement with the relevant literature.

Accepted paper abstracts and panel proposals will be notified by October 10, 2016.

Registration and other logistics
Participants are required to register at least two weeks before the conference (i.e. by December 2, 2016) via email by phone +977-01433482 in the Central Department of the Anthropology, Tribhuvan University. All the participants are required to pay a registration fee of NPRs. 1000 (one thousand) for students (with valid student ID) and Rs 2000 (two thousands) for professionals to attend the conference.

International Participants are requested to arrange accommodations on their own. If they need supports in finding accommodations, please contact the secretariats of the Central Department or email us at  

Submissions have to be emailed to the Conference Organizing Committee at by September 30, 2016. Paper presenters and Panelists will be notified in October 10, 2016. 

For inquiry please contact: Janak Rai, or


Key Dates

  • Submission deadline for abstracts and panels:  September 30, 2016
  • Notification of paper and panel acceptance:  October, 1o 2016
  • Final papers due: November 22, 2016
  • Registration date line: December 10, 2016
  • Conference dates: December 16-18, 2016

Conference Organizing Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Laya Uprety
  • Prof. Dr. Binod Pokharel
  • Dr. Mukta S. Lama
  • Dr. Suresh Dhakal
  • Dr. Janak Rai

Advisory Committee

  • Prof. Dr. Om Gurung
  • Prof. Dr. Ram Chhetri
  • Prof. Dr. Dilli Ram Dahal

The Annual Nepal Anthropology Conference

Conference Secretariat

Central Department of Anthropology

Tribhuvan University

Kirtipur, Nepal

Tel: 977 1 4331832


3 thoughts on “Call For Papers

  1. Thank you very much admin for creating this page. I think it’s a good way to share the process(es) of doing by Anthropology, TU to wider audiences. Though the very infant of separate anthropologgy department in TU, it has been doing adulthood work–first anthropology seminar, anthropology day celebration, monthly in-house colloquium, course development and revision etc– I think. Thank you all professors and facilities of CDA, particularly Janak sir and concerned faculties of constituent campuses, TC, Patan etc.

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