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Four partnership members Bina Limbu, Jeevan Baniya, Manoj Suji, and Sara Shneiderman have published an op-ed in the Kathmandu Post entitled “Reconstruction Conundrums”. In this op-ed, the collaborative research partners point out the fallacy in the term ‘fake victims’ that has been defined and used by the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) and other organizations. The ethnographic research conducted by the partnership since March 2017 suggests a different picture.
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.
The workshop report from the first partnership team workshop held at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver in September 2017 has now been published. The report presents an overview of the issues raised during the presentations by team members from Canada, Denmark, US, and Nepal.
A full version of the report can be found online at HIMALAYA Journal (open-access) here.
Principal Investigator and Wall Scholar Dr. Sara Shneiderman (UBC) recently presented on the background of Nepal’s 2015 post-earthquake reconstruction and this (ELMNR) multidisciplinary partnership’s context and objectives. She notes the impacts and significances of the wide-ranging research extends well beyond the borders of Nepal to have implications across the world, including countries like Canada.
The presentation was recorded as part of The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies’ Wall Scholar Speaker Series and is available to view online here.
The partnership team has recently been awarded a SSHRC Explore Grant – Faculty of Arts Research from the University of British Columbia.
The additional funds will be used to fund the project entitled ‘Nepal’s Post-Earthquake Reconstruction Outcomes: A Quantitative Survey’ in conjunction with the original SSHRC Partnership Development grant: ‘Expertise, Labour and Mobility in Nepal’s Post-Conflict, Post-Disaster Reconstruction’.
Led by Dr. Ratna Shrestha (UBC Vancouver’s School of Economics), Dr. Jeevan Baniya (Social Science Baha), with support from Sampada KC (University of Warwick, Economics), this work will entail the hiring of additional researchers under the auspices of Social Science Baha to implement a quantitative survey during the second phase of fieldwork currently underway. The findings will be used in conjunction with the qualitative field methods to enhance understandings of Nepal’s ongoing reconstruction in earthquake-affected areas.
Two of the SSHRC PDG partnership members, Philippe Le Billon (Co-PI) and Dinesh Paudel (Collaborator), have recently published an article titled ‘Geo-Logics of Power: Disaster Capitalism, Himalayan Materialities, and the Geopolitical Economy of Reconstruction in Post-Earthquake Nepal‘. The article proposes the concept of ‘geo-logics of power’ as a way to draw attention to the trans-Himalayan discourses, practices, and materialities shaping reconstruction in post-earthquake Nepal.
Following the workshop and conference events, partnership members from Canada, Denmark, and Nepal visited two of the research field sites: Bhaktapur municipality in the Kathmandu Valley, and Kartike in Sindhupalchowk district. The communities in both regions experienced devastating impacts from the 2015 earthquakes and continue to confront hazards such as, landslides, flooding, unstable road conditions, and uneven access to labour and capital. Partnership members had the opportunity to learn about reconstruction experiences in both locales, and develop a better understanding of how large-scale disasters play a role in the way diverse individuals and communities engage with the Nepali state, develop relationships with local and foreign I/NGOs, and reconstruct their social and cultural practices.
Four partnership members presented at a series of research seminars that were hosted by Social Science Baha at their Kathmandu library in July and August 2018. Each seminar featured one partnership member presenting about an aspect of their work relevant to the project themes. Each presenter circulated an existing or upcoming publication in advance, and was allotted 90 minutes for their presentation and Q&A. The diverse audience was comprised of Social Science Baha researchers, Canadian students, and other scholars and students from Nepali institutions such as Tribhuvan University, leading to lively and productive seminars.
Listed below are the titles and presenters for each seminar:
Omer Aijazi, Sessional Lecturer and PhD Candidate, Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia
February 5, 2018