Dipti Sherchan

Dipti Sherchan is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago. In The Contested Academy and Proliferating Modernities: The Art of Nation Building in Nepal, she examines contestations between artist-subjects and the nation-state over competing imaginaries of what it means to be modern that proliferate over time. These proliferations are emergent in the shifting cultural projects of nation-building as the Nepali state undergoes socio-political transitions from aristocracy to monarchy to a newly federal republic. This anthropological work engages with an interdisciplinary analytical framework that investigates complex artistic and institutional articulations from the Global South. Her research is based on long-term ethnographic and archival research conducted between 2018–2022 in Kathmandu.