National Conference on Sociology of Nepal: Social Structure and Transformation

Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
National Conference on
Sociology of Nepal: Social Structure and Transformation
21-22 November 2014, Kathmandu

The state and society in Nepal are undergoing rapid and epochal transformations on many fronts since the 1990s and their speed is all the more geared up especially after 2006. This has both local and global contexts. Nepal’s increasing incorporation into global economy, the novel developmental discourses (of human rights, human development, inclusion, empowerment, etc.), insurgency and the subsequent peace process, efforts at constitution-making and resultant debates on identity and state restructuring, and the two principal communist parties’ acknowledgement that Nepal had entered a capitalist phase, are some of the manifestations of these epochal transformations. Class, caste, gender, diversity, poverty, regionalism, sexuality and many other dimensions of societal (in)equality have recently received renewed prominence in the public sphere. Their prominence can be observed in different layers/spheres of everyday life, including household, community, state, livelihood domains, migration regimes, etc. Nepalese sociologists have been at the forefront of recognizing, analyzing, debating and public opinion-making in many of these important processes.

Professor Chaitanya Mishra is one of few public figures in Nepal from academia who has been quite extensively engaged in such a process of knowledge-production and circulation. For more than three decades Prof. Mishra taught at Tribhuvan University, carried out research of theoretical and policy significance, and engaged himself productively in public debates through writing and publishing. Prof. Mishra started his career as a Sub-Editor of The Rising Nepal (English Daily) since 1972, and became the founding chairperson of the Department of Sociology/Anthropology at Tribhuvan University in 1981. There are many publications to his credit, including Badalindo Nepali Samaj (2010), Essays on the Sociology of Nepal (2007), Nepal ra Punjibad (2006). Prof. Mishra is retiring very soon from Tribhuvan University.

The proposed Conference is organized in honor of Prof. Mishra recognizing his pioneering contribution toward the introduction and expansion of the discipline of sociology in Nepal, and his regular and productive engagement in academic and public debates. As such, the Conference will review and reflect on the academic contributions of Prof. Mishra (day one), and will organize sessions for stand-alone contributions on any dimensions of Nepali society (day two). There will also be a valedictory lecture by Prof. Mishra. Arrangements have been made to publish the Conference proceedings for wider public dissemination.

Write up specification: The length of the abstract and paper should follow the word limits. While an abstract can have about 300 words, a full-fledged conference paper should not exceed 6,000 words. For formatting, referencing, bibliography, etc. please follow the APA Quick Guide. Registration fee: Each participant including paper presenter is requested to pay a registration fee of Rs. 1,500 (Rs 1,000 for students and participants from out of the Valley) to meet the costs of logistics, meal and snacks. The payment, which is compulsory, can be made at the time of registration.

Dates to remember:
15 September 2014:  Abstract submission
30 September 2014: Notification of the acceptance of the abstract
30 October 2014: Submission of the conference paper
21-22 November 2014: Conference
1 January 2015: Submission of the final paper (for publication)

Venue: Staff College, Jawalakhel (Main Hall) – for the first day; Hotel Orchid, Tripureshwar – for the second day.

Accommodation arrangements: For the accommodation of participants coming from out-of-the Valley, NUTA Guest House at TU Gate has been reserved for 4-6 Mangsir, 2071. Please contact Mr. Michael Lama, Guest House Manager, at 9841835573 for detail.

Advisory committee:

  • Prof. Dr. Kailash Nath Pyakurel, Vice-Chancellor, University of Agriculture and Forestry, Chitwan (former head, Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology, TU).
  • Prof. Dr. Ganesh Man Gurung, Member, Constituent Assembly (former head, Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology, TU).
  • Dr. Ganesh Gurung, Executive Director, National Institute of Development Studies (NIDS), Kathmandu (former member, National Planning Commission).
  • Prof. Dr. Om Gurung, Head, Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology, TU.
  • Prof. Dr. Ram Bahadur Chhetri (former head and currently at Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology, TU).
  • Prof. Dr. Dilli Ram Dahal (then at the Center for Nepal and Asian Studies, TU).

For further information please contact:

Conference Organizing Committee
MPhil Programme in Sociology, TU, Kirtipur
Central Department of Sociology/Anthropology, TU, Kirtipur

Departments of Sociology/Anthropology at:
Padma Kanya Campus, Kathmandu
Prithvi Narayan Campus, Pokhara
Thakur Ram Multiple Campus, Birgunj
Tri-Chandra Multiple Campus, Kathmandu