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Prof. Sushan Acharya to Deliver 19th BNAC Annual Lecture (2021)

July 05, 2021

Dr Sushan Acharya, Professor of Education at the Central Department of Education, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, will deliver the BNAC’s 19th Annual Nepal Lecture, on “We didn’t get to study so we learned to weave”:  Women, indigenous learning and functional literacy in Nepal (“हामीले पढ्न पाएनौँ, त्यसैले बुन्न सिक्यौँ”: नेपालमा महिला, रैथाने सिकाइ र व्यावहारिक साक्षरता).

The lecture generally takes place in November, but dates are yet to be confirmed.

Prof. Acharya who obtained a doctorate in education (ED.D) from the University of Massachusetts in 1999, has been conducting research studies and policy advocacies in education sector for more than 20 years. She is interested in non-formal education and life long learning. Sushan is a critic of the dominant adult literacy approaches for their lack of understanding of indigenous intergenerational learning among adult women. She has made contributions to Nepal’s national policy processes by serving as a member and expert in high level education commissions and consultation groups.

(See the abstract of the lecture and biography of the speaker here)

BNAC’s Chair Dr Krishna Adhikari said, “The Annual Lecture,  which is one of the core programmes of the Council, is aimed at promoting knowledge exchange  among scholars engaged in Nepal and its cultural extension. We are delighted to have Prof. Acharya this year to give a lecture on an important, yet often neglected subject, concerning gender, education and traditional knowledge system.”

This year’s lecture is the 19th in the series. There is a tradition to alternate speakers from Nepal and Europe. From 2021, BNAC has decided to expand the European regional remit, which means that Nepal-scholars based anywhere in the world could be invited for the lecture.

Annual Lectures are free public events, and anyone could join. However, participants may be asked to register in advance. This year we are hoping to organise the lecture physically in SOAS, London,  permitting the unfolding covid-19 circumstances. Appropriate decision will be taken nearer the time, assessing the circumstances as they unfold, and we may opt for a virtual lecture. Watch this space for updates.

List of BNAC’s past lectures is as follows:

 Date  Series  Year Speaker Institution Title of the presentation
17/05/2002 1st 2002 Dr Pratyoush Onta Martin Chautari In Search of a Narrative: Stories of Democratic Experiments in
Post-1990 Nepal
27/06/2003 2nd 2003 Prof. Alan Macfarlane Cambridge Digital Himalaya: Nepal in Context
2004 3rd 2004 Manjushree Thapa Anti Rana resistance and (??)
16/11/2005 4th 2005 Prof. Anthony Costello UCL Power, Placebos and Participation: The Struggle for Health in Rural Nepal
16/11/2006 5th 2006 Prof. Kedar Bhakta Mathema TU Crisis in Education: Challenges for the Future Government of Nepal.
29/11/2007 Can-celled 2007 Prof. David Seddon  East Anglia Milestones in the Long Road to Democracy in Nepal

[announced but cancelled because of illness]

06/11/2008 6th 2008 Ms. Sapana Pradhan Malla  Advocate Inclusive Republican Democracy and Women’s Rights in Nepal
10/09/2009 7th 2009 Prof. Alex Michaels University of Heidelberg Religion and Politics in Contemporary Nepal: The Case of the Pashupatinath Temple
20/10/2010 8th 2010 Dr Rajendra Pradhan Nepa School Women’s Rights Cases in the Supreme Court of Nepal
31/10/2011 9th 2011 Dr Anne de Sales CNRS, Paris Our god Braha saved us from our wrong thinking:  time, identity and historical change in the hills of Nepal
19/10/2012 10th 2012 Dr Ananda Mohan Bhattarai Supreme Court The Protection of Himalayan Biodiversity: Why a Regional Legal Framework?
28/11/2013 11th 2013 Prof. Piers Blakie East Anglia Reflections on Thirty Years of Research in Nepal: The Politics of Subjects, Researchers and Audiences
19/11/2014 12th 2014 Prof. Robin Coningham (with Kosh Prasad Acharya) Durham/ Pashupati Area Dev Trust Tilaurakot-Kapilavastu: New Archaeological Discoveries in the Nepal
12/11/2015 13th 2015 Prof. Abhi Subedi Tribhuvan University The Unique Blend of Literature, Politics, and History
17/11/2016 14th 2016 Ms. Mandira Sharma University of Essex Transitional Justice, Accountability, and the Rule of Law in Nepal
23/11/2017 15th 2017 Prof. Pitamber Sharma National Planning Commission Some Reflections on Federalism and Development Strategy in Nepal
01/11/2018 16th 2018 Prof. Dr Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka Bielefeld University Belonging to Academia? Higher Education, Inequality, and Development
14/11/2019 17th 2019 Prof. Yodenra Yadava Nepal Academy Nepal’s Contemporary Linguistic Landscape:  Its Implications for Language Endangerment and Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education
05/11/2020 18th 2020 Prof. Martin Gaenszle University of Vienna Satyahangma Rituals: Commemorating Phalgunanda in Eastern Nepal

For more information and enquiries please contact Dr Krishna Adhikari by
email: krishna.adhikari@anthro.ox.ac.uk

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