Nepal_bannerThe first annual Student Research Symposium on Contemporary Issues in Nepal, jointly hosted by the University of Washington’s Nepal Studies Initiative, a four-year program funded by the South Asia Center, and the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies, will take place on September 12-13, 2016 at the Yalamaya Kendra in Patan, Kathmandu.

There are several annual conferences, panels, and speaking events in Nepal each year for faculty and advanced scholars, but there are few opportunities for students to showcase their work, gain experience engaging critically with their peers, and feature their own voice as emergent scholars of Nepal and South Asia.

This year’s theme is “Rethinking Resilience, Forging Futures.” From discussions of civil war and a post-conflict Naya Nepal beginning nearly a decade ago, to contemporary debates about constitutional federalism and ‘building back better’ following the devastating 2015 earthquakes, the idea of resilience has dominated contemporary discussions about Nepal. This symposium brings together students conducting research that critically examine the assumptions, tensions, and possibilities inherent in notions of resiliency in contemporary Nepal.

Please visit the symposium homepage for more information about the call for abstracts, due by July 1, 2016.