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The Britain-Nepal Academic Council was established on 23 May 2000 at a large meeting at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London of British academics and researchers interested in various aspects of...

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  • BNAC Brochure 2019 BNAC Brochure 2019 Download
  • Contributions to Nepalese Studies- Nepal’s Dalits in Transition Contributions to Nepalese Studies- Nepal’s Dalits in Transition

    Contributions to Nepalese Studies. Volume 46, Number 2. July 2019.
    Edited by: David N. Gellner and Krishna P. Adhikari

    Contributors:
    Steve Folmar
    Arjun Bahadur BK
    Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka
    Tilak Biswakarma
    Sambriddhi Kharel
    Manoj Suji
    Ramesh Sunam
    Krishna Shrestha

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  • BNAC 20th Anniversary Celebration- Chairs Remarks Dr Krishna Adhikari 5-11-2020 BNAC 20th Anniversary Celebration- Chairs Remarks Dr Krishna Adhikari 5-11-2020

    Power points slides presented along with the Chairs speech by Dr Krishna Adhikari during the 20th Anniversary of the Britain-Nepal Academic Council: 05-11-2020.

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  • BNAC 20th Anniversary-PPT Presenation Dr Krishna Adhikari 5-11-2020 BNAC 20th Anniversary-PPT Presenation Dr Krishna Adhikari 5-11-2020

    Chair’s speech presented by Dr Krishna Adhikari to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Council. These slides present detailed information regarding the BNAC and past activities. They are to be read along with the remarks by the chair

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  • Prof. Surya Subedi- BNAC 20th Aniversary Speech 5 Nov 2020 Prof. Surya Subedi- BNAC 20th Aniversary Speech 5 Nov 2020

    Speech by the BNAC founding Chair Surya Subedi on the 20th Anniversary of the Britain-Nepal Academic Council, on 05 November 2020.

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  • Simultaneous Identities: Language, Education, and the Nepali Nation (2020) Simultaneous Identities: Language, Education, and the Nepali Nation (2020)

    Author: Uma Pradhan (University of Oxford).
    Pages:
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press

    ‘The recent socio-political changes in Nepal have brought assimilationist notions of Nepali nationalism under a tight scrutiny and drawn attention to more plural, inclusive, and diverse notions of Nepaliness. However, both assimilationist and pluralist visions continue to remain normative in their approach, and often posit ethnic and national identity in opposition to each other. Drawing on the everyday practices in the two schools, this book illustrates that social actors in minority language education did not necessarily select between minority identity and national identity, but instead made simultaneous claims to more than one social identity by discursively positioning ‘ethnic identity’ as ‘national identity’. It builds on the notion of ‘simultaneity’ to illustrate that it is through the ‘unresolved co-presences’ of apparently contradictory ways that people maintain their multi-layered identities. By arguing for an analytical necessity to adopt relational approach, it aims to complicate the neat compartmentalisation of identities.

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  • ब्रिटिस गोर्खा निवृत्तिभरणसम्बन्धी नीतिहरू र भूतपूर्व गोर्खा अभियान: एक समीक्षा (Nepali, 2019) ब्रिटिस गोर्खा निवृत्तिभरणसम्बन्धी नीतिहरू र भूतपूर्व गोर्खा अभियान: एक समीक्षा (Nepali, 2019)

    [British Gurkha Pension Policies and Ex-Gurkha Campaigns: A Review; Nepali trans., Updated 2019)
    Editor: Krishna P. Adhikari
    Authors: Chandra Laksamba, Krishna P. Adhikari, Lokendra Purush Dhakal, David N. Gellner.
    Year: 2019
    Publisher: Centre for Nepal Studies UK (Reading)

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  • Vernacular Religion Cultural Politics, Community Belonging, and Personal Practice in the UK’s Nepali Diaspora (2019) Vernacular Religion Cultural Politics, Community Belonging, and Personal Practice in the UK’s Nepali Diaspora (2019)

    Editors: David N. Gellner and Sondra L. Hausner
    Pages: 262+xviii
    Publishers: Vajra Books, and Centre for Nepal Studies UK.

    Contributors: Krishna P. Adhikari, Florence Gurung, Chandra Laksamba, Mitra Pariyar, Bal G. Shrestha.

    Nepalis in the UK are one of Britain’s newest ethnic minority communities. Already highly visible because of the Gurkha connection, in an extraordinarily short time they have made their mark on the British landscape and created 100s of community organizations.

    How far does this impressive associational impulse simply re-create patterns found in Nepal and how far does it represent a series of new departures?
    Does the new context in which Nepalis find themselves prevent them from following certain traditional practices (e.g. shamanism)? Does it also liberate them and enable other practices?
    Do the social hierarchies and historical distinctions of Nepal still matter in the UK?
    How much of a gap is there between public performance and private practice? And why is the gap bigger in some cases than in others?
    Faced with the inescapable imperative to act ritually (after death, for example), how do UK-based Nepalis respond to these various dilemmas?
    What debates are generated when UK Nepalis attempt to map the Enlightenment distinctions of culture, religion, and politics on to inherited Nepali practices? Does the characteristic Nepali (and indeed Asian) polytropic approach to religion have something to teach us about how religion should be approached in general?

    These essays—all products of the Vernacular Religion project (2009–12), part of the AHRC’s Religion and Society programme—attempt to address these questions on the basis of detailed field research. They seek to provide an introduction to the full range of religious arguments and experiences of the UK’s diverse Nepali population.

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  • Tourism and Nationalism in Nepal: A Developing Country Perspective (2018) Tourism and Nationalism in Nepal: A Developing Country Perspective (2018)

    Author: Kalyan Bhandari
    102 pages | 2 B/W Illus.
    2018
    This book explores the role of tourism in the expression of nationalism in Nepal. It investigates assemblage of images, emblems, and symbols of Nepali nationhood in various touristic representations and narratives from Nepali travellers and diasporic visitors to showcase how they express nationhood and stimulate a strong sentiment of national feeling and belonging. The book suggests that touristic settings in Nepal provide a venue for articulation of nation, first through internal ascription, that is, the construction of identity by citizens with the nation; and second, through the promotion of distinctive touristic identity through the assertion of national uniqueness and distinguishing the nation within the larger international community.
    Given the recent great political changes, post-conflict nation rebuilding, and development, Nepal offers a fascinating case study on the role of tourism and nationalism. This book will be of great interest to students, scholars, and professionals working in tourism and heritage studies, sociology, anthropology, geography, political science, and area studies, as well as those interested in the study of developing societies.

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  • Global Nepalis : Religion, Culture, and Community in a New and Old Diaspora Global Nepalis : Religion, Culture, and Community in a New and Old Diaspora

    Edited by David N. Gellner and Edited by Sondra L. Hausner
    540 Pages | Various, 10 Figures, 9 Tables
    Contributors: Krishna P. Adhikari, Radha Adhikari, Tristan Bruslé, Sienna R. Craig, Florence Gurung, Nawang Tsering Gurung, Susan Hangen, Sushma Joshi, Chandra K. Laksamba, Kelvin E.Y. Low, Kathryn March, Mitra Pariyar, Anil Sakya, Bhimsen Sapkota, Jeevan Raj Sharma, Bal Gopal Shrestha, Bandita Sijapati, Anna Stirr, Mélanie Vandenhelsken

    Migration has always been a feature of Nepali society. Waves of Khas, Brahmans, and associated service castes were already moving south and east through the Himalayan foothills a millennium ago. As the population expanded, Nepalis from all backgrounds have continually moved onwards in search of new farmland and new opportunities, often encouraged to do so by local communities, local headmen, and the state. In the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, that process continued eastwards from present-day Nepal into the north-east of India and beyond. Over the last thirty years international labour migration, as well as migration consequent on tertiary education, has radically changed the patterns of settlement of Nepalis outside their homeland. The present volume covers the many different contexts-from the USA to the Gulf, from India to Burma and Singapore-where large numbers of Nepalis are settled or working long-term. Taken together, and organized by region of settlement, the contributions in this book provide a comprehensive overview of Nepali diaspora populations around the world in their contemporary contexts. The common theme binding this volume is the exploration of the process of ‘ethnogenesis’ or the emergence of strong ethnic identities in which the contributors analyse how such identities strengthen more easily in the diaspora with a large population, than in the homeland.

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  • Crossing the Border to India: Youth, Migration, and Masculinities in Nepal Crossing the Border to India: Youth, Migration, and Masculinities in Nepal

    Author: Jeevan R. Sharma
    192 pp
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    “Sharma’s Crossing the Border to India is a sensitive ethnography that conveys what it is like to be a Nepali migrant in India. Especially valuable is the fact that gender (masculinity) and the life course are central to this cultural account of a phenomenon that has hitherto been dominated by quantitative analyses. The vignettes are excellent and the characters are recognizable throughout the book.”
    —David N. Gellner, Professor of Anthropology, University of Oxford, author of The Anthropology of Buddhism and Hinduism: Weberian Themes, and editor of Borderland Lives in Northern South Asia

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  • Evolving Narratives of Hazard and Risk: The Gorkha Earthquake, Nepal, 2015  (2018)) Evolving Narratives of Hazard and Risk: The Gorkha Earthquake, Nepal, 2015 (2018))

    Editors: Louise Bracken, Hanna Ruszczyk andTom Robinson
    1st ed. 2018, XXI, 192 p.
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    Draws from multiple perspective of the Gorkha earthquake in 2015 to inform Disaster Risk Reduction research and practice
    Provides reflections and interviews from people caught up in the Gorkha 2015 earthquake and involved in managing emergency response and immediate recovery efforts
    Includes an investigation on earthquake damage and inappropriate post-disaster responses as well as noting the limited protection offered to monuments and their subsurface heritage

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  • Religion, Secularism, and Ethnicity in Contemporary Nepal (2016) Religion, Secularism, and Ethnicity in Contemporary Nepal (2016)

    Edited by David N. Gellner, Sondra L. Hausner & and Chiara Letizia.
    Page 512. Oxford University Press, Delhi

    Religion in Nepal is changing as Nepalese society transforms and globalizes. New middle-class movements and new forms of ethnic identity challenge older traditions. Nepalis face new questions about shamanism, animal sacrifice, meditation, healing, and how the state should deal with a multi-cultural and multi-religious society. Eleven detailed case studies, contextualized by a substantial introduction and a comparative Afterword by renowned political theorist, Rajeev Bhargava, describe and analyse how religion is practised in Nepal today.

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  • Social Transformation in Post-conflict Nepal A Gender Perspective By Punam Yadav (2016) Social Transformation in Post-conflict Nepal A Gender Perspective By Punam Yadav (2016)

    Social Transformation in Post-conflict Nepal
    A Gender Perspective
    By Punam Yadav

    © 2016 – Routledge

    181 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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  • Programme and Abstracts Book -Nepal Study Days Oxford (Unpublished) Programme and Abstracts Book -Nepal Study Days Oxford (Unpublished) Download
 

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