31st Mar 2017 5:00:pm
Zhemian (Ochre face) was originally an “ethnic description” of the facial makeup practices of the Tibetans, or Tubo, in the Tang History and other Chinese-language historical sources. Across two centuries of Tang-Tibetan interaction, “zhemian” influenced culture in Chang’an and the Central Plains.13th Mar 2017 5:00:pm
Please join us for a screening of Kesang Tseten's Trembling Mountain. Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015, Tseten documents the survivors' efforts to rebuild their lives and the numerous physical and financial obstacles they face.27th Feb 2017 5:00:pm
Ivan Somlai is the Director of ETHNOBUREAUCRATICA and an Associate at the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives at the University of Victoria. In his talk, Somlai will note some complexities, frustrations, and epiphanies arising from work with donor and host governments as he experienced them in development initiatives in Nepal since 1976.6th Feb 2017 5:00:pm
Pablo Bose, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and the Director of the Global and Regional Studies Program at the University of Vermont. He is also the editor of Urban Geography (Urban Pulse Series).
Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Roundtable Discussion: Himalayan Research at UBC
with Omer Aijazi, Kia Dullemond, Armaan Malhotra, Dhondup Tashi Rekjong, Bendi Tso / Yujie Ji
23rd Jan 2017 5:00:pm
This event is an interdisciplinary roundtable discussion featuring the research of several UBC graduate students. With participants from Humanities, Social Sciences, and Medicine, the roundtable will initiate conversations across disciplines and showcase exciting projects focusing on the Himalayan region from across the university. Stay tuned for further details! Discussion begins at 5pm.22nd Dec 2016 4:30:pm
Mr. Moti Lal Nepali, a Dalit activist from Nepal, will give a talk about the socio-political status of Dalits in Nepal. A short film, Yash Kumar’s Bato Muniko Phool – the Prologue (Flowers Under the Path – the Prologue), will be screened, revealing the daily struggles of Dalits in Nepali villages today. Dr. Drona Rasali will explain Nepaldalitinfo Network’s role in fostering awareness of Dalit issues in Nepal. Talk starts 4:30.1st Dec 2016 5:00:pm
Tenzing Rigdol is a leading contemporary Tibetan artist and activist, born in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1982 to Tibetan refugee parents. Rigdol’s work has been exhibited in important galleries and museums in Europe and North America, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This event is sponsored by the Himalaya Program, the Contemporary Tibetan Studies Program, and the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory.
The Science of Healing: Tibetan Medicine as Local Practice, National Heritage, and Global Brand
with Sienna Craig, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Dartmouth College
7th Nov 2016 5:00:pm
This talk engages these points of tension, discussing how Tibetan medicine remains at once a crucial form of local health care across Tibetan communities, a manifestation of national identity, and, increasingly, a globally available form of ‘traditional’ medicine in the 21st century. This event is sponsored by the Himalaya Program, the Contemporary Tibetan Studies Program, and the Department of Anthropology.
Nationalism, dogmatism, and what more: the crisis of vision in Nepali society
with Diwakar Acharya, Spalding Professor of Eastern Religion and Ethics, Oxford University
22nd Sep 2016 4:00:pm
Diwakar Acharya's talk will tackle the questions of why the creative potential of Nepal’s resources, natural as well as human, is not unleashed, and why In spite of some positive outcome of political awareness, the leadership everybody wished for is still lacking. This event is sponsored by the Himalaya Program, the Centre for Indian and South Asian Research, and the Department of Asian Studies. Reception at 4, talk starts 4:30.
UBC Himalaya Program Launch Reception
with the UBC Himalaya Program and the Curator for Asia at the Museum of Anthropology
29th Apr 2016 5:00:pm
Please join the UBC Himalaya Program and the Curator for Asia at the Museum of Anthropology for a reception to celebrate the launch of the Himalaya Program at UBC.
Changing Experience and Interpretation of Menstruation in Nepal: An Intergenerational Perspective
with Dr. Mira Mishra
28th Apr 2016 12:30:pm
This presentation seeks to explore changes in the lives of women in Nepal, including women’s self image, gender role and the relations between women and men during the last 50 years. It focuses on menstruation, which is a key dimension of gender and womanhood. This paper then relates such transition to the changing socio-economic processes and argues that a new womanhood is in the making in Nepal. Light lunch served.26th Apr 2016 3:00:pm
What are the causes and correlates of democracy? The presentation will begin by reviewing key theories of democracy, corresponding to the three waves of democratization in world history. It will then describe specific and evolving political and economic features, which were associated with the republican and democratic turn in Nepal in 2006. Among others, it will review the significance of capitalism, changes in the mode of generation of livelihood, nature of the peasantry, de-ruralization, class structure, post-1990 political structure, the Maoist ‘people’s war’ as well as the role of India and other countries in the 2006 democratic turn. It will argue that the Nepal case has specific lessons for broader theories of democracy.
Five Years after the Ladakh Flood: At the Intersections of Coping, Adaptation and Re-Experienced Trauma
with Dr. Nancy Chin
30th Mar 2016 5:00:pm
We're asking if coping strategies of 2010 eroded the foundation for adaptation today, using in-depth interviews as well as narratives from flood survivors, community leaders and students away from home who experienced disaster “secondhand” through extensive media coverage.
Memories of Trust Broken: Representation, Fragmentation, and the Cultural Politics of Environmental Activism in India
with Dr. Georgina Drew
18th Jan 2016 12:30:pm
This discussion examines critical issues of distrust in social movements as a means to better understand struggles for social and environmental change. Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Centre for India and South Asia Research.