Lectures, Presentation and Documentary
(Special lectures, talks and presentations are normally organised only for the students and faculty unless when stated otherwise.)
30 September 2011
Lecture on "The Past of Nepal Studies in Nepal" by Dr. Pratyoush Onta.
Pratyoush Onta holds a PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania (1996). He has written on Nepali nationalism, Gurkha history, institutions, area studies and media. He has written, edited or co-edited several books. He is also the founding editor of the journals Studies in Nepali History and Society (est. 1996) and Media Adhyayan (est. 2006, in Nepali). He is associated with the research institute and public forum Martin Chautari in Kathmandu.
25 May 2011
Screening of Mohan Mainali's "Timber to Tibet: Trees from Nepal for Food from Tibet"
The people of Bhotkhola in northern Nepal believe that Bhotkhola was tucked away among the mountains by the gods so that it would not be disturbed. That is why, they say, it should be preserved and protected from human defilement. But the people have turned to destroying trees that take a hundred and fifty years to mature. Caravans carrying timber to Tibet and bringing back foodstuffs to Nepal are a common sight all over Bhotkhola. This film deals with the contrast between the pro-conservationist tradition of the people and their compulsion to cut down a priceless Himalayan forest which will not regenerate once it is gone.
Year of Production: 2002
Duration: 28 minutes
Directed by Mohan Mainali
Produced by Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists
9 May 2011
Lecture on “What is Development? And When Did It Start?” by Prof. Juhani Koponen
Juhani Koponen is Professor in Development Studies at the Department of Political and Economic Studies, University of Helsinki. He is also Director of the Finnish Graduate School of Development Studies (Devestu). His doctoral research focused on the German colonial policy in Tanzania during the period 1884-1914. Prominent among his current research interests are the history of development practices in general, Finnish development policy, and development practices in Tanzania. He has conducted research and worked in development projects in many countries. He has also visited Nepal a number of times.
23 March 2011
Screening of Mohan Mainali's "Pune's Trousers"
In 2002, a joint patrol of police, army and civilians headed towards the village of Angaupani, Bajura in search of Maoists. They killed seven villagers and declared them to be terrorists. This is the story of Lal Jana Bohara, widow of Nara Bahadur, one of the villagers killed, and her children.
Year of Production: 2010
Duration: 34:00 minutes
Direction/Production: Mohan Mainali
Nepā School Research Colloquium
16 February, 2011
Seminar on "Belonging and Solitude among Nepali Nurses in Great Britain" by Sondra L. Hausner
When they migrate to England for the sake of earning higher wages and gaining additional training in professional fields they enjoy, Nepali nurses have to overcome obstacles posed by UK employers, Nepali agents, and both the British and the Nepali governments, as well as contend with separating from parents and children. This paper suggests that despite these many experiential and logistical challenges, the aspiration to belong takes place not primarily in a social sphere but in a professional one. Prohibitions experienced against belonging are not reluctance from ‘host country’ nationals to allow integration, then, but state barriers to professional advancement, which do not tally with the actual dynamics of health care migration to the UK.
Sondra L. Hausner is trained in public policy (AB Princeton 1991) and socio-cultural anthropology (PhD Cornell 2002). She is currently University Lecturer in the Study of Religion at the University of Oxford, where she teaches the anthropology of religion. She is a Research Associate at Oxford’s Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS).