Start-Up Workshop

September 14-17, 2017

Hosted by the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

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Reconstructing Nepal: Politics and Practice after the 2015 Earthquakes and Constitution

Thursday, September 14  C.K. Choi Building Room 120
6:30PM – Introductions and Welcome Dinner for Participants

Friday, September 15  C.K. Choi Building Room 120
8:30AM-9:00 – Breakfast and Registration
9:00 – Welcome, Land Acknowledgment, Remarks
9:15-10:25 – Introducing the Project (Sara Shneiderman, Katharine Rankin, Philippe Le Billon). Chair/Discussant: Deepak Thapa
10:40-12:05PM – Re/Construction (Dan Hirslund, Bishnu Pandey, Katherine Hacker, Jeevan Baniya). Chair/Discussant: Stephanie Chang
1:05-1:55 – Community Partner Presentations (TRAS, Russil Wvong; NCSBC, Alok Dhungana). Chair/Discussant: Mark Turin
2:00-3:00 – Graduate Student Roundtable (Omer Aijazi, Emily Amburgey, Amber Moore, Ian Turner). Chair/Discussant: Katharine Rankin
3:15-4:40 – Finance and Law (Dinesh Paudel, Ratna Shrestha, Subin Mulmi, Cameron Warner). Chair/Discussant: Philippe Le Billon
5:30 – Keynote Lecture “Nepal’s Prolonged Transition: End in Sight?” by Deepak Thapa

Nepal has been undergoing a political transition since the end of the Maoist-state civil conflict in 2006. Over 10 years later, a new constitution has been implemented and one of the three mandated elections to various levels of government has been completed. Dissension on the contours of federalisation is on the wane, and the country appears to be moving ahead. The talk will discuss whether this means the transition is coming to an end, and what the contours of the Nepali state are likely to be in the future.

Saturday, September 16  C.K. Choi Building Room 120
8:30AM-9:00 – Breakfast
9:00-9:45 – Overview of Project Activities, Outputs, and Logistics (Sara Shneiderman, Katharine Rankin, Philippe Le Billon, Deepak Thapa)
10:00-12:00 Toolbox Dialogue: Discussion of Disciplinary Assumptions/Epistemologies – Facilitated virtually by the Toolbox team
1:30-3:00 – Thematic Small Groups: Construction, Finance, Law
3:15-4:00 – Student Engagement Plans
4:00-5:00 – Discussion of Publication Plans, Other Outputs
5:00-5:30 – Review and Wrap Up

Sunday, September 17 – Peter Wall Institute
9:30AM-11:30 – Wrap-up, Developing Task List and Timelines for Next Steps
2:00PM-4:00 – Community Forum in Nepali co-sponsored with the Nepal Cultural Society of BC (NCSBS) at UBC Robson Square Downtown campus (Jeevan Baniya, Subin Mulmi, Dinesh Paudel, Deepak Thapa)

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