Contemporary Issues in Nepal Symposium 2016: Abstract Submission
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
The theme of the 2016 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.

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

Political ecology and climate change
Ethnic federalism and Nepal’s new constitution
Global health and humanitarianism
Human and economic development

Panels to be moderated by discussants from leading Nepal-based research institutions and universities.

Abstract Submission
Prospective presenters should submit an abstract of no more than 300 words along with brief CV by no later than July 31, 2016 - Deadline Extended!

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.

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.

Selection criteria for abstracts
1. BA/MA/PHD level Nepali and non-Nepali students
2. Demonstrates a clearly honed focus that fits within one of the four topic areas
3. New/novel angle or approach to one of the topics
4. Not previously published elsewhere paper/abstract
5. Well written abstract in English

University affiliation:
Degree pursued (eg, BA, MA, PHD):
Paper title:
Conference topic area (eg, global health, political ecology, etc.)
Abstract word count (Including Introduction, Methods, Results/Discussion and Conclusion):

University affiliation:
Degree pursued (eg, BA, MA, PHD):
Paper title:
Conference topic area (eg, global health, political ecology, etc.)
Abstract word count (Including Introduction, Discussion and Conclusion):

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Abstract Category
Thematic Focus
University Affiliation
Degree pursued
e.g.: BA, BS, MA, PhD, MBBS, etc
Paper Title
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