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BNAC Nepal Study Days 22-23 Apr 2021- Final Programme

April 17, 2021

 18th BNAC Nepal Study Days

Hosted online (Zoom) by UCL Institute of Education

20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL

22-23 April 2021

Contact: bnacstudyday@gmail.com | 0044 7885756370

(NB: For participation registration is required: Please fill the Google Form to register: https://forms.gle/R5gj74mY4fKGBF699)


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Day 1: Thursday, 22 Apr 2021
8:45-9:00  Zoom entry (registration)
9:00-9:10 Introduction: Krishna Adhikari

BNAC Chair

Welcome: Elaine Unterhalter

Co-Director, Centre for Education and International Development, UCL Institute of Education

9:15 – 10:00 Keynote 

The manipulation of participatory process: Constituent assembly and the promulgation of ‘regressive’ constitution in Nepal

Professor Mahendra Lawoti, Western Michigan University

Chair: Tejendra Pherali


Parallel Sessions
Time Parallel Session A Parallel Session B –
10:05 – 11:35 A1. Migration, Diaspora and International Relations

Chair: Krishna Adhikari

B1. Governance

Chair: Ben Campbell

The growing influence of power: The party diplomacy of the Communist Party of China and its impact on Nepal-China Relations

Naresh Khapangi Magar, King’s College London

Uprating community forest management in Jalthal Nepal

Lila Nath Sharma, Forest Action Nepal; Bhaskar Adhikari and Mark F. Watson, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The “True Nepal” through Chinese content creators’ lens

Zezhou Yang, SOAS, University of London


Function of endogenous institutions in governing the commons and private property resources among Thakalis of Mustang

Bhola Nath Adhikari, Lumbini Buddhist University

Resettlement and Rehabilitation: A study of Lhotshampa Community

Sneha Agrawal, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai

The provincial health policies in Nepal: Opportunities and challenges for an effective implementation

Sharada P Wasti, Padam Simkhada, University of Huddersfield; Edwin van Teijlingen, Bournemouth University; Simon Rushton, and Julie Balen, University of Sheffield

The most deprived’: Needs assessment of elderly ex-Gurkha soldiers in the UK

Lokendra P. Dhakal, Krishna Adhikari and (late) Chandra Laksamba, Centre for Nepal Studies UK

Federalization and health system in Nepal: A systematic review of the literature

Pratik Adhikary, PHASE Nepal; Sujata Sapkota, Sujan Gautam, and  Sujan Marahatta (Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences); Sarita Panday,  Andrew Lee, Julie Balen, and Simon Rushton, (University of Sheffield); Edwin van Teijlingen, Bournemouth University ; Padam Simkhada, and Sharada P Wasti (University of Huddersfield); Madhusudan Subedi, Patan Academy of Health Sciences


11:40 – 13:10









A2. Language and culture

Chair: David Gellner

B2. Identity and space

Chair: Punam Yadav

Nepal Bhasa: Consequences natives face when a language dies

Roji Maharjan, Tribhuvan University

Before belonging: Settler emplacement in the Far-west Tarai

Amy Johnson, Northumbria University

Use of software systems in the preservation of Nepali cultural history

Sanyukta Shrestha, Pasa Puchah Guthi UK

Naessian biocentric self in Tharu folk songs: A study of nexus between ecology and subjectivity

Mohan Dangaura, Tribhuvan University

The fame of chhoyela (and yomari): Newar foodways in London and the spatiotemporal expansion of the Newar self in a transnational context

Marilena Frisone, University of Cambridge / University of Padua

Ethnicity and the City: Production and division of social spaces in Kathmandu Valley

Bawesh Pradhan, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

Comparative study between Nepali and Sri Lankan-Tamil diasporic youth in the UK – Culture, tradition and art forms

Richard Antony and Sangita Shrestha, Centre for Nepal Studies UK

Hashtagging heroes next to memes of Empire: A look at evolving senses of Gurkha identity through digital spheres

Premila van Ommen, University of the Arts, London


Early career researcher mentoring 13:10 – 14:00

(Coordinator: Premila van Ommen, University of the Arts, London Facilitator: Edwin van Teijlingen, University of Bournemouth)


Time Parallel Session A – Parallel Session B –
14:00 – 15:30 A3. Society and politics

Chair: Michael Hutt

B3. Education

Chair: Tejendra Pherali

Which way forward for Dalit liberation in Nepal?

Krishna P. Adhikari and David N. Gellner, University of Oxford

(Re)constructing a ‘good’ school: Materials, affects, and meanings of education in post-earthquake Nepal

Uma Pradhan, University of Oxford

The role of social capital in disaster resilience in remote communities after the 2015 Nepal earthquake

Sarita Panday, Simon Rushton, Jiban Karki, Julie Balen and Amy Barnes, The University of Sheffield

Towards understanding Janajati students: Learning performance in Nepali schools

Jiban Khadka, Nepal Open University

Mapping out hierarchies in a mid-Western prison

Charlotte Ramble, London School of Economics and Political Science

Teacher identities and hierarchy: Narrative inquiry of primary teachers in Nepal’s public schools

Khim Raj Subedi, Tribhuvan University and Martha M. Canipe, Northern Arizona University

Do political quotas work? The lived experiences of women politicians in Nepal

Punam Yadav, University College London

Day 2: Friday, 23 Apr 2021
Time Parallel Session A – Parallel Session B –
9:00 – 10:30 A4. Covid-19 and migration

Chair: Jeevan Sharma

B4. Gender relations

Chair: Kumud Rana

Knowledge, attitudes, and practices amongst the literate cohorts of Nepal about COVID-19

Mohan Kumar Sharma, Shanti Prasad Khanal, and Ramesh Adhikari, Tribhuvan University; Jib Acharya, ANC, Premium Services Ltd./Bournemouth University


Are GBV response and rehabilitation services provided through One- Stop Crisis Management Centers in Nepal inclusive of needs of women and girls with disability?

Sapana Basnet Bista, Liverpool John Moores University; Padam Simkhada, University of Huddersfield; Edwin van Teijlingen, Bournemouth University and Shaurabh Sharma, Humanity and Inclusion

The Impact of Covid-19 on Dalit communities in Nepal

Gopal Nepali, Samata Foundation; Ujjawal Sundas, Samata Foundation and Krishna Adhikari, Oxford University

Gender relations among Nepali care worker’s families in the UK: Implications of migration from intersectionality approach

Sanjaya Aryal, University of Essex

Employment narratives in the midst of Covid-19 in Western Nepal

Kamal Bahadur Mahat, Triveni Rural Municipality, Salyan

Masculinity, ideology and change in the People’s War in Nepal

Heidi Riley, University College Dublin

Impacts of men’s migration on non-migrating spouse’s health and the implications for Nepal: A systematic literature review

Shraddha Manandhar, Philip Brown, and Padam Simkhada, University of Huddersfield; Edwin van Teijlingen, Bournemouth University.

Homestay tourism as a form of women’s empowerment in rural Nepal: Implications, opportunities, and challenges of development practice

Jana Schmid, University of Zurich

10:35 – 12:05 A5. Health and care

Chair: Padam Simkhada

B5. Panel: Menstruation and social attitudes in Nepal

Chair: Sara Parker

Conveners: Sara Parker & Kay Standing, Liverpool John Moores University; Madhusudan Subedi, Tribhuvan University; Stefanie Lotter, SOAS, University of London

The Double-edged sword of ‘community’ in community-based psychosocial care: Reflections from rural Nepal

Liana E. Chase, Durham University

Dignity without danger: collaboratively analysing stigma and taboos to develop innovative strategies to address menstrual exclusion in Nepal’: The fluidity of menstruation practices: Perceptions of Agency told by Nepali women

Lina Baniya – ‘East’ team DWD

An assessment of grip strength and BMI on vegetarian and non-vegetarian Nepalese children

Usha Acharya, Nepal Open University

Politics of control- From fear to Shame:  dictating women on how they should practice menstruation

Rajya Laxmi Gurung– ‘West’ team DWD

Transnational AIDS networks, regional solidarities and the configuration of male sexuality in Nepal

Kumud Rana, University of Glasgow

A preliminary investigation into educational materials on menstruation in Nepal

Evie Clarke, SOAS

12:05 – 12:20 Tea/ Coffee Break

PhD Dissertation Prize 2021 – Announcement:

Time Parallel Session A – Parallel Session B –
12:20 – 13:05 A6. Media/ business

Chair: Uma Pradhan

B6. Maternal health

Chair: Puspa Raj Pant

Polish print media on Nepal in the interwar period

Paulina Stanik, University of Warsaw

Maternal mental health and under-nutrition in children under 5 in Rupandehi, Nepal

Manisha Singh, Tomasina Stacey, and Padam Simkhada, University of Huddersfield; Julie Abayomi, Edge Hill University

Testing asymmetric information in Nepalese reinsurance market

Rajendra Maharjan, Golden Gate International College, Kathmandu

Maternal and neonatal health services in Jumla, Nepal: A health facility survey

Pasang D Tamang, Padam Simkhada, Paul Bissel, University of Huddersfield; Edwin van Teijlingen, University of Bournemouth and Rose Khatri, Liverpool John Moores University

13:05 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Britain Nepal Academic Council – AGM (BNAC members only) 





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