Call for Abstract

The University of Washington Nepal Studies Initiative (UW-NSI) and the Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS) are pleased to announce the first jointly sponsored Student-Focused Research Symposium on Contemporary Issues in Nepal, to be held at the Yalamaya Kendra in Patan, Kathmandu on September 12 - 13, 2016. 

The Student-Focused Research Symposium seeks to bring together a consortium of universities and institutions to promote academic engagements for emerging young scholars of Nepal and the Himalayan region to present on current research. There are several annual conferences, panels, and speaking events in Nepal each year for faculty and advanced scholars, but there are few opportunities for students to showcase their work, gain experience engaging critically with their peers, and feature their own voice as emergent scholars of Nepal and South Asia.  

Symposium Theme 

This year the theme of the conference will be “Rethinking Resilience, Forging Futures.” From discussions of civil war and post-conflict Naya Nepal beginning nearly a decade ago, to contemporary debates about constitutional federalism and building back better following the devastating 2015 earthquakes, the idea of resilience has dominated discussions about Nepal. The symposium brings together students conducting research that critically examines the assumptions and possibilities inherent in notions of resiliency in Nepal’s historical context. 

Presenter and Participation Criteria  

Abstract submissions are open to both Nepali students (BA level or above) and non-Nepali students (BA level or above). Participation and attendance at the symposium is open to all. 

Abstract Submission – Deadline Extended! 

Prospective presenters should submit an abstract of no more than 300 words along with a brief CV no later than 31 July 2016. All materials must be submitted online at http://southasia.washington.edu/nepal/programs/nepalsymposium/ 

Emailed abstracts will not be reviewed. We will accept two categories of abstracts, only 1 abstract per person: 

  • Research: research abstracts must detail original research conducted by the student. Abstract sub-headings will include: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion; and
  • Perspectives: perspective abstracts are non-research based and are shaped by a critical appraisal of the literature. Abstract sub-headings will include: Introduction, Discussion, and Conclusion.

Presenters will be notified by August 15, 2016 of their acceptance, and will then be required to submit a final 250 words abstract by September 1, 2016 to be printed in the event program.. 

Panels 

Accepted abstracts will be grouped into panels by a review committee based on the alignment of themes within the broader scope of contemporary issues in Nepali society. We encourage papers that focus on the following main topic areas:  

  1. Political ecology and climate change
  2. Ethnic federalism and Nepal’s new constitution
  3. Global health and humanitarianism
  4. Human and economic development

Registration and Costs 

The cost of registration is NRs 300 per Nepali participants, and NRs 1000 for non-Nepali participants; includes lunch as well as refreshments and snacks throughout the day. Accepted presenters will have their registration costs waived. 

Important Dates 

Deadline for initial abstract submissions: 31 July 2016 
Notification of acceptance to panel: 15 August 2016 
Deadline for final abstract submission for symposium programme: 1 September 2016 
Registration opens, meet and great with snacks, and keynote speaker: 12 September 2016 
Full day symposium in Kathmandu at Yalamaya Kendra in Patan: 13 September 2016 

Please email any questions to