Selected Abstracts and Panels for the Chautari Annual Conference - 2023

The following abstracts and panels have been accepted for the Chautari Annual Conference - 2023 to be held in Kathmandu on November 28–30, 2023. More details about the conference will be uploaded in this website when they become available.

S.N. Title/Authors

Analyzing the Issues of Bhagnay and Ghumnay among the Transnational Migrant Bhariya of Nepal in Kalimpong Town
Ambika Rai, PhD Scholar, Centre for Himalayan Studies, University of North Bengal, India


A Guthi and Chautari for Suburban Texas? The Translation and Re-imagining of Nepali Political Concepts in the Diaspora
Andrew Nelson, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Department of Anthropology, University of North Texas, United States


Plastic Smiles, Cheerful Looks and bolne bāni: Training Future Air Hostesses in Nepal’s Private Cabin Crew Training Schools
Anne Kukuczka, PhD Student, Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland


Securitization of Covid-19 by Nepalese media: An Examination of The Kathmandu Post
Ashish Ghimire, MA in International Relations, South Asian University, India


Inheritance of Parental Socio-economic Characteristics of into the Married Couple in Rural Context of Nepal
Badri Aryal, PhD, Assistant Professor, Development Studies, Pokhara University, Nepal


Traditional Healing Practices and Health-seeking Behavior in Nepal: Ensnared by Superstition or Inspired by Science?
Bamdev Subedi, Center of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India 


Labor Migration, Income, Skills in Tamang Old House Building: An Ethnographic Study of the ‘Sense of Loss’ in the Post-reconstruction Context, Sindhupalchowk, Nepal
Bhim Prasad Rai, PhD Student, Central Department of Anthropology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal


Ratyauli as a Space for Women's Sexual Expression: A Gendered Analysis
Bibhu Luitel, MA in South Asian Studies, Pondicherry University, India; Puspa Paudel, Program Associate/Challenge Fund Officer, The Asia Foundation and Ural Kafle, Civil Engineer, Gham Power, Nepal


Assessment of Psychological Harm Suffered during the Maoist Insurgency and the Judicial Approach Towards it in Nepal
Bishal Bajgain; and Swosti Bastola; Kathmandu University School of Law, Nepal


In Search of Nepali Cinema: Examining Filmmaking Practice
Binod Chhetri, PhD Candidate, Department of Mass Communication, Sikkim University, India


Local Hydropower Shares: People’s Understanding about ‘Shares’ and Investing on that, and Local Practices that Shaped their Opinion
Brabim Bikram Thapa, PhD Student, Central Department of Anthropology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal


Challenges and Opportunities of Digital Agro-advisory Services for Small-holder Farmers
Bristi Vaidya, Research Associate; and Hritika Rana, Post-Doc Fellow; Department of Development Studies, Kathmandu University School of Arts, Nepal


उच्च शिक्षामा अनियमितता : परीक्षा प्रणाली र चीट चोर्ने प्रवृत्ति
देविराम आचार्य, विद्यावारिधि शोधार्थी, काठमाडौँ विश्वविद्यालय


It Begins at Home: Perception and Practices of Menstrual Taboos among Adolescent Girls in Urban Setting of Lalitpur: A Mixed Method Study
Dikshya Karki, Central Department of Sociology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal and Madhusudan Subedi, Professor, School of Public Health, Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Nepal


Roman Catholicism in Nepal: The First Wave (17th and 18th Centuries)
Enrico Beltramini, Notre Dame de Namur University, United States


Dynamics of South-South Migration in the Himalayan Region: Exploring Temporariness and Agency of Nepalese Migrants Workers
Garima Bhandari, PhD Candidate, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India


India’s Foreign Policy Towards Nepal under National Democratic Alliance – II: The Rise of Narendra Modi Doctrine in India Nepal Relations
Gaurav Kumar Mishra, PhD Research Scholar, Department of Political Science, Banaras Hindu University, India


Institutional Change of Farmer-managed Irrigation Systems: Experience from Nepal
Jagadish Parajuli, PhD in Sustainability, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, United States


Shaping a Sacred Place: The Changing Ritual-scape of Satya Nārāyaṇa (Harigaon, Kathmandu)
Jiajing (Iris) Mo, PhD Candidate, Department of Archaeology, Durham University, United Kingdom


Hindu Jurisprudence as the Basis of Nepalese Family Laws: An Investigation
Jivesh Jha, Judicial Officer, Supreme Court, Nepal


Social Sufferings across the Nepal-India Border:  Fortification and Marginality in the Mist of COVID-19
Keshav Bashyal, Tribhuvan University, Nepal; Sachin Ghimire, Medical Anthropologist/Faculty, Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Science, Nepal and Ishwori Bhattarai, Researcher, Democracy Resource Center Nepal


Of Books, Literary Magazines, and Printing Press: The Rise of Reading Public in Nepal
Komal Phuyal, Assistant Professor, Central Department of English, Tribhuvan University, Nepal


Unveiling Impacts of Digital Divides on Media Education in Nepal during the Covid-19 Pandemic: Insights from Media Educators
Lekhanath Pandey, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus, Nepal


A Study on School Drop Out among Tamang Students: Study based on Mahalaxmi Municipality Ward -10, Lalitpur
Malati Rai, MA in Sociology, Patan Multiple Campus, Nepal


An Epigraphical Study of Religious Traditions in Licchavi Nepal: Understanding Patterns and Transformations
Mihir Keshari, PhD Research Scholar in Ancient History, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India


Religion and Secularism in South Asia: Some Reflections on Nepal
Mohan Kumar Mishra, PhD Student, Department of Political Science, Banaras Hindu University, India


An Analysis of Factors Affecting Growth Production and Productivity of Food Grains in Sikkim Himalaya 
Namsa Hang Subba, PhD Candidate in Agricultural Economics, Shri Ramasamy Memorial University, India


सामाजिक समावेशीकरणको बहसमा अपाङ्गता र लैङ्गिकताको स्थान
नीरा अघिकारी, विद्यावारिधि शोधार्थी, त्रिभुवन विश्वविद्यालय, नेपाल


Comparative and Collaborative Approaches to Re-ordering Ethics of Data in Conflict and Disaster Studies
Nimesh Dhungana, University of Manchester, United Kingdom; Birte Vogel, University of Manchester, United Kingdom; Nemanja Džuverovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia; Larissa Fast, University of Manchester, United Kingdom; Neeti Aryal Khanal Tribhuwan University, Nepal; and Maria Lucia Zapata, Pontifical Javierian University, Colombia


Caregiving Intimacies: Linking India with Israel
Nirvan Pradhan, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, Shri Ramasamy Memorial University, India


Legitimization of Caste Structure by State and its Institutions: A Case of Dalits and their Access to Justice
Ojaswi K.C, Lawyer


चिया गफ : A Modality of Youth-driven Informal Learning
Phoenix Kenney, PhD Candidate, Education and Youth Development, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom


Laahure Ko Relimaai? Exploring the Dispersed Identities in the UK Nepali Diasporic Films via Autoethnographic Video Essay
Pradeep Budha, PhD Student, Brunel University London, United Kingdom


Art-based Dialogue as a Tool to Promote Social Cohesion and Trust Among Youth in Nepal
Prakash Bhattarai; Pawan Roy; Kaleli Nyaichai; Kalpana Rana Magar; and Shradha Khadka; Researchers, Centre for Social Change, Nepal


The Effect on Academic and Job Performance Among Nursing Students
Prakriti Lamsal, Independent Researcher


Exploring Inclusive Classroom Practices: A Case from Nepal
Pramod Bhatta, Martin Chautari and Tejendra Pherali, Professor of Education, Conflict and Peace, University College London, United Kingdom


Unpacking Ethnicity in Nepal: Engaging with the Sociology of Absences
Pranab Kharel, Martin Chautari


Sexual Violence, Indigenous Women, and Access to Justice
Pranika Koyu, Human Rights Professional/Writer/Researcher and Dwarika Thebe, Independent Researcher


Baseline Study of Socioeconomic Conditions of Urban Poor Communities in Kathmandu
Pratik Chhetri, Director, Authentic Leadership Institute Nepal, Neha Malla; Bonita Sharma; Eva Gyawali; Ritendra Badu; Prapti Giri; Anjila Pandey; Niroj Bhandari; and Himanshu Rayamajhi; Researchers


Politics and Peacebuilding: Mapping the Sixteen Years since the Comprehensive Peace Accord in Nepal
Rajendra Sharma, Research Associate, Social Science Baha, Nepal


Constructing Ethnicity and Identity of Bantawa Rai in Eastern Nepal
Raju Kumar Rai, PhD Student, Central Department of Sociology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal


Methodological Reflections on Doing Fieldwork on Menstruation as Menstruator in Western Nepal: Positionality, Ethical Dilemma, Hidden Struggle, and Emotional Toll of Researching Sensitive Issues
Rajya Laxmi Gurung, MPhil in Sociology, Central Department of Sociology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal


Discrimination Faced by Madheshi Women in Nepal
Ranju Kumari Yadav, PhD Scholar, Department of Gender Studies, Tribhuvan University, Nepal


Climate Crisis, Poverty and Alternative Livelihood Strategies of Small Tea Growers: A Case Study on Ilam, Nepal
Ratna Saha, PhD Research Scholar, Centre for Himalayan Studies, University of North Bengal, India


Urban Married Women in Service Sectors of Darjeeling Hills: Reflections on their Gender Relations in Everyday Lives
Ritu Mangar, Research Scholar, Centre for Himalayan Studies, University of North Bengal, India


Drivers and Impacts of Sub-optimal Irrigation Practices in the Nepali Terai
Roshan Adhikari, Research Fellow, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom and Timothy Foster, University of Manchester, United Kingdom


An Indigenous Technology on the Verge of Extinction
Sachin Ghimire, Medical Anthropologist/Faculty, Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Science, Nepal


Who will be a Gurkha? Locating Military Aspirations and Masculinity of Nepali Youths
Sanjay Sharma, PhD in Sociology, National University of Singapore, Singapore


Supporting Informal Economy in Nepal: A Policy Framework
A. Sanjay Tamang, Master of Arts, Centre for Labour Studies and Social Protection, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India.


Eng-Ageing: The Family, Emerging Social Institutions and Caring Communities for the Old in Nepal
Sarah Speck, Research Associate, Institute for Ageing Research, University of Applied Sciences Eastern Switzerland, Switzerland 


Pandemic Steered Innovative Approaches to Ensure SDG 4 Implementation
Shailendra Jha, Associate Expert in Education, City Planning Commission, Kathmandu Metropolitan


Cultural values of Rifu among the Gurung (Tamumai): An Anthropological Study
Shanti Gurung, Padma Kanya Multiple Campus, Nepal


Decolonial Development Initiatives in Hydroelectric Transmission Line and Power Station: A Case of Bojheni
Sharmila Shyangtan, Development and Sustainability Program, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand; Aruna Limbu, Central Department of Anthropology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal; Angnima Lama, Kathmandu University School of Education, Nepal; and Suresh Gautam, Associate Professor, Kathmandu University School of Education, Nepal


Climate Change, Offensive Politics and Community Life in Himalayan Region: A Pedagogical Intervention
Shipra R Upadhyay, Convenor, Memory Culture Initiative


दलितका लागि छात्रावास : समाज विकास छात्रावासको स्थापना र दलित आन्दोलनभित्र यसको चर्चा
शिवहरि ज्ञवाली, अनुसन्धाता


Natural Resource Conflicts in Federal Nepal: Prospects for Peacebuilding
Shradha Khadka; Prakash Bhattarai; Susmita Rai; Anish Khatri; and Dibesh Sayami; Researchers, Centre for Social Change, Nepal


Institutional Trust for Implementing RTI Act in Nepal
Shree Ram Paudel, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Ratna Rajya Laxmi Campus, Nepal


Affective Infrastructure: Exploring the Road as a Place-making Politics in Nepal
Shyam Kunwar, Martin Chautari


Sanitary Rituals: Experiences of Sanitary Waste and Menstrual Hygiene Management in Sankhu, Nepal
Sierra Humbert, PhD Fellow, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Street Businesses in Kathmandu: Crushed by the Pandemic, Evicted by the State
Sudhir Shrestha, Visiting Faculty, Kathmandu University School of Management, Nepal


Sex Workers, Dignity and Survival Divide: A Status Study of Nepal
Sujeet Karn, Martin Chautari


Engaging with Indigeneity Debate in Nepali Sociology and Anthropology: Tendencies and Fallouts
Swatahsiddha Sarkar, Professor, Centre for Himalayan Studies, University of North Bengal, India


Retrieving and Revitalizing the Buddhist Legacy of Nepal: An Overview of the Historical Era to the Present Scenario
Tsetan Namgyal, Assistant Professor, Centre for Inner Asian Studies (Tibetan & Himalayan Studies), Jawaharlal Nehru University, India


The Impact of Media on Nepal's Transition to Democracy: A Critical Analysis
Ugyal Tshering Lama Yolmo, PhD Scholar, Department of Mass Communication, Sikkim University, India


The Climate of Contemporary Nepali Novels 
Ujjwal Prasai, Martin Chautari


The Trend and Emergency of Applying 3Ddigital Documentation and Conservation of Wall Painting of Monasteries of Lomantang
Xu Mengru, MA Student in Archaeology, Lumbini Buddhist University, Nepal


Ancestral Wisdom: Exploring Human-Nature Relationships in the Darjeeling Hills Folklore
Yalember Dewan, Research Scholar, Centre for Himalayan Studies, University of North Bengal, India




Panel I
The Living Mountain: Intersubjective Readings

Convener of the Panel:
Swatahsiddha Sarkar, Centre for Himalayan Studies, University of North Bengal, Siliguri, India


Writing the Mountains: The Living Mountain Forty-five Years Apart
Priyanka Chatterjee, Centre for Distance and Online Education, University of North Bengal, Siliguri, India


Mountaineering in Himalaya: Exploring the Dynamics of Anthropocene and the Interplay with Nature
Debaditya Dutta, Assistant Professor in Sociology, Mangalkote College, Mangalkote, West Bengal, India


The Living Mountain, Himalayan History and the Edge Effect
Somoshree De, PhD Candidate, Centre for Himalayan Studies, University of North Bengal, Siliguri, India


Panel II & III
History of School Education in Nepal


Hundred Years of Nepali Varnamala and the Loss of its Diversity
Deepak Aryal, Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya


२००७ सालपछि नेपाली भाषा प्रचारक संघले पूर्वी नेपालमा विद्यालय शिक्षाबारे गरेको बहस
देवेन्द्र उप्रेती, मार्टिन चातारी


नेपालमा सह-शिक्षाबारेको प्रारम्भिक बहस
लोकरञ्जन पराजुली, मार्टिन चौतारी


A Preliminary Analysis of the “Rastrabhasa Shiksha Pranali” run by the Nepal Shiksha Parishad (1951–1973)
Pratyoush Onta, Martin Chautari


सन् १९५१ अघि शिक्षामा गुरुङहरूको पहुँच
रुख गुरुङ, मार्टिन चौतारी


राणाकालमा तामाङ जातिको विद्यालय शिक्षामा पहुँच
सन्जिला मोक्तान, मार्टिन चौतारी