CFP: Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya

Event Date: July 29, 2020 to July 31, 2020

CALL FOR PAPERS: The Ninth Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya
July 29–31, 2020

organised by Social Science BahaAssociation for Nepal and Himalayan StudiesBritain-Nepal Academic CouncilCentre for Himalayan Studies-CNRS & Nepal Academic Network (Japan)

Proposals are invited for stand-alone papers or three-paper panels. The papers can deal with any aspect of life in Nepal and the Himalaya from a social science perspective as well as the arts and humanities. Papers can also be comparative so long as Nepal or the Himalaya, broadly defined, is also included.

The proposed papers should be based on research that will be in an advanced stage by the time of the conference with at least some emergent findings ready for presentation.

The language of the conference is English.

Interested individuals are asked to submit an abstract not exceeding 500 words (excluding the bibliography) along with a one-page CV in the template provided here.

Time: Each paper will be allocated 40 minutes, which will include comments from the discussant, general floor discussion, and remarks from the chair.

Individuals or institutions can propose three-paper panels to provide a variety of perspectives on a particular theme.

Proposals for panels should consist of the name of the convener of the panel; the topic and brief description of the panel; the three papers to be presented with titles and abstracts not exceeding 500 words for each paper (excluding the bibliography) along with a one-page CV for everyone in the panel in the template provided here. The proposed chair and discussant(s) should also be listed along with the submission and their prior permission sought.

Note on panel proposals: The organisers would like to request panels that are part of research projects, with funds allocated for activities such as dissemination, to contribute extra funds beyond the registration fees to the conference. Such contributions would help reduce the loss that Social Science Baha has been incurring every year in organising the conference.

Time: Two hours per panel, which will include comments from the discussant, general floor discussion, and remarks from the chair.

Poster Presentations
The conference is also inviting submissions for poster presentations from this year. Interested individuals/institutions are asked to submit an abstract not exceeding 1000 words (excluding the bibliography) along with the one-page CV for everyone involved in the presentation in the template provided here. The responsibility of putting up the presentation, including all logistics, shall lie with the individual/institution submitting the proposal.

Submissions are to be emailed to the Conference Secretariat at [email protected] by 15 January 2020. Notification of the results of the selection process will be sent out by 15 February 2020.

The submissions will be evaluated by the Conference Organising Committee according to the following three criteria: i) research question/hypothesis, ii) methodology, and iii) outline/structure.

The length of the final paper is expected to be 3000 to 5000 words and the papers are due on 3 July 2020 for advance distribution to all registered participants via a designated Google Drive Folder accessible only to registered participants. The uploaded papers will be secured with a password, and hence, copying, editing and printing will not be allowed although they can be downloaded onto computing devices for reading.

Note: Since the objective of sending papers in advance is to allow participants to read them and enable a more engaged discussion during the conference itself, papers that do not arrive by the due date of 3 July 2020 will be struck off the programme.

All participants, including panel chairs and discussants, will be required to register to attend the conference. Participants are expected to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation and those requiring a letter of support to seek travel grants to attend the conference can write to the Conference Secretariat.

The structure of registration fees is as follows:

Nepali and other South Asian students: NPR 3000
Nepali and other South Asian professionals: NPR 4500
Non-South Asian students: USD 60
Professional, including South Asians, living outside South Asia: USD 95
(An early-bird discount of 20 per cent will be provided to those who register by 24 June 2020.)

Participants whose papers are selected will be required to register for the conference by 30 April 2020 to ensure inclusion of their paper in the conference. Details on modes of payment will be provided at a later date.

Conference Organising Committee

Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies
Steve Folmar
Barbara Grossman-Thompson

Britain-Nepal Academic Council
Krishna Adhikari
Punam Yadav

Centre for Himalayan Studies-CNRS
Tristan Bruslé
Philippe Ramirez

Nepal Academic Network (Japan)
Tatsuro Fujikura
Katsuo Nawa

Social Science Baha
Sambriddhi Kharel
Rajendra Pradhan

The Annual Kathmandu Conference on Nepal and the Himalaya
Conference Secretariat
Social Science Baha
345 Ramchandra Marg, Battisputali, Kathmandu – 9, Nepal
Phone: 977-1-4472807
[email protected]

Dates to remember

  1. Submission deadline for abstracts and panels: January 15, 2020
  2. Notification of paper and panel acceptance: February 15, 2020
  3. Deadline for registration by paper presenters: April 30, 2020
  4. Final papers due: July 3, 2020
  5. Conference dates: July 29-31, 2020


Contact Info

ANHS, c/o John Metz
Department of History and Geography
Northern Kentucky University
Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099

ANHS Kathmandu Research Center
54 Kantishree Marg, Baluwatar
Kathmandu, Nepal.
Phone: 01-4425797
[email protected]