Nepal Studies Reading Group

When and Where

Monday, January 30, 2023 11:00 am to 12:00 pm


This online reading group, hosted by Professor Christoph Emmrich, invites students and faculty of working on Nepal, the Himalayas, and more broadly South Asia to read and discuss the most recent, innovative, and influential academic literature in the field of Nepal Studies. The readings, mostly monographs, which are decided upon following suggestions by reading group participants, may range from textual to ethnographic and visual studies, covering literature, historical, anthropological, sociological, political, as well as art historical material, including visual works such as documentaries. Occasionally, the group is joined by the respective author for a first-hand account of the writing or editing process. Meetings take place over Zoom, on Mondays, once a month, at 11am-12pm EST.

This term’s readings are as follows:

January 30, Uma Pradhan. Simultaneous Identities. Language, Education, and the Nepali Nation (2020), I
February 20, Uma Pradhan. Simultaneous Identities. Language, Education, and the Nepali Nation (2020), II
March 20, Ian Gibson. Suffering and Hope. Christianity and Hope among the Christians of Bhaktapur (2017)
April 17, Richard Burghart. The History of Janakpurdham. A Study of Asceticism and the Hindu Polity (2016).

To join and to receive readings and the Zoom invite, please contact the reading group’s host at


Centre for South Asian Studies, Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy