Events and Workshops

May 28th Public Seminar at University of Copenhagen

The partnership concluded a workshop in Denmark with a public symposium in Copenhagen on May 28th. This public seminar presented findings from our research project investigating the socio-political effects of Nepal’s 2015 earthquakes in dialogue with scholars working on disasters in other areas of the world. For more details, please find the event announcement here.

Partners present at SOAS conference in London & Dr. Sara Shneiderman to give keynote address

Partnership members from our Canada and Nepal teams will be giving presentations during the SOAS (South Asia Institute) conference, “Epicentre to Aftermath: Political, Social and Cultural Impacts of Earthquakes in South Asia“, being held in London from January 11th-12th, 2019.

Team members, Jeevan Baniya (Social Science Baha), Omer Aijazi (University of Toronto, Canada), and Sara Shneiderman (University of British Columbia, Canada) will be giving presentations regarding post-earthquake humanitarian responses, ownership and kinship in relation to the ‘home’, socio-political impacts of reconstruction, and disasters as betrayal. For a detailed list, please see below.

The first day of the conference on January 11th will conclude with a keynote address given Dr. Sara Shneiderman (Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Anthropology and the Institute of Asian Research at UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs). Dr. Shneiderman’s presentation, “Restructuring Life: political, social, and material transformation in post-conflict, post-disaster Nepal“, will draw from 20 years of experience in the Dolakha district of Nepal to discuss transformation in the aftermath of natural disaster and political upheaval.

To find more information on the conference and keynote address, please visit the conference webpage here.

List of Paper Presentations:

Omer Aijazi (University of Toronto): Disasters as Betrayal: the life that Niaz evokes.

Jeevan Baniya (Social Science Baha): Socio-political impacts of reconstruction post-earthquake Nepal: A case study of Majhi community in Sindhupalchowk. 

Jeevan Baniya & Amrita Gurung: I/NGOs in humanitarian responses post-earthquake 2015: Empirical evidence from Gorkha, Sindhupalchowk and Southern Lalitpur.

Sara Shneiderman (University of British Columbia, Canada), Jeevan Baniya (Social Science Baha, Nepal), Bina Limbu (Social Science Baha, Nepal), Nabin Rawal (Tribhuvan University, Nepal), Prakash Chandra Subedi (Social Science Baha, Nepal), Manoj Suji (Social Science Baha, Nepal), Cameron Warner (Aarhus University, Denmark): Householder, Homeowner, or Landowner? Rethinking Ownership and Kinship through Nepal’s Reconstruction Process.




Annual Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya

July 25-27, 2018

Hosted by Social Science Baha in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Annual Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya 2018

July 25th-27th – Social Science Baha, an independent, non-profit organization, hosted the Annual Kathmandu Conference of Nepal and the Himalaya this summer alongside several organizing partners. The event brought together scholars, community partners, NGO’s, and students to engage with social science research in Nepal.


Members of our SSHRC Partnership Development Grant participated in two panel sessions focused upon the themes of this partnership including: Sara Shneiderman, Dan Hirslund, Bishnu Pandey, Dinesh Paudel, Philippe Le Billon, Omer Aijazi, and Jeevan Baniya. Katharine Rankin also presented in a separate panel. Please refer to the Panels/Sessions page of this year’s conference for further details.

Catastrophe in Context: Household Recoveries from the 2015 Nepal Earthquakes

March 5, 2018

Hosted by the Himalaya Program at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

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Catastrophe in Context: Household Recoveries from the 2015 Nepal Earthquakes

The 2015 Nepal earthquakes had catastrophic impacts on the lives and property of Himalayan peoples. Join the UBC Himalaya Program as Dr. Spoon discusses his study which focuses on four settlements in two of the hardest hit districts with differing access, aid, and populations. We randomly selected 400 households in these locations and conducted two ten-week research phases at nine months and 1.5 years after the earthquakes. Using household surveys, in-depth interviews, and focus groups, we assessed the roles of hazard exposure, livelihood diversity, institutional context, connectivity, and social memory in the recovery process. Employing multivariate statistics and content analysis, our study found that accessibility, hazard exposure, and livelihood diversity were the strongest drivers of recovery outcomes. We then triangulated our results in a series of local and national research return workshops with the study participants and key consultants 2.5 years after the earthquakes. Our findings can assist policymakers, practitioners, academics, and other stakeholders to better understand the dynamics of natural disaster recovery in rural mountain communities in Nepal, the Himalaya, and beyond

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Spoon is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Portland State University and Senior Fellow at The Mountain Institute. His research focuses on indigenous ecological knowledge inside and around mountainous protected areas in the Nepalese Himalaya and the Western United States. He recently initiated a new project on social-ecological recovery after natural disasters in mountain ecosystems, focusing on areas with catastrophic impacts from the 2015 Nepal earthquakes. In all of these projects, he utilizes collaborative methods and applies research findings to tangible projects created in participatory ways.

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)

July 28, 2017

Events and Workshops