International Conference on Natural and Cultural Heritage in South Asia
International Conference on
Natural and Cultural Heritage in South Asia
Jointly Organized By:
Department of English
Tribhuvan University Prithvi Narayan Campus
Bagar, Pokhara-1, Nepal
Pokhara University
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Dhungepatan, Pokhara-30, Nepal


The “International Conference on Natural and Cultural Heritage in South Asia” has been organized to bring together the international community of interdisciplinary scholars from multiple aspects of South Asian Studies. The conference is made up of a series of presentations and group discussion sessions for two days. The conference will be held on 16-17 June 2022 (2-3 Ashad 2079 BS) in Pokhara.

South Asian Studies is an interdisciplinary academic discipline that deals with the diverse cultures, histories, languages and literatures of South Asia. So the conference focuses on the issues of South Asian countries, including Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Afghanistan. Among the South Asian countries, Nepal has unique features from the highest mountains in the world to living cultures, gods and goddesses as it is home to a rich heritage, adventure, diversity and natural resources. Nepal is also an ultimate destination for travelers and adventure seekers. The visiting scholars will explore Nepal’s unique trip alongside their sharing of South Asian research experiences.

The conference is divided into eight sessions in total: two plenary sessions and six panel sessions, having a focus on the conference theme “Natural and Cultural Heritage in South Asia”. In order to participate in the conference, all scholars have to send their abstract along with the title of the presentations within the deadline set by the conference team. The submitted abstracts will be reviewed and given feedback for revision. The revised abstracts will be selected on the basis of the nature and scope of the conference. The scholars whose abstracts are selected will be asked to produce full papers, followed by PPT for presentations.

To address the conference theme, the conference features the topics of interest that revolve around the following areas related to South Asian Studies. They include:
  1. Muses and Monuments
  2. Indigenous Languages and Literatures
  3. Rituals, Religion and Philosophy
  4. Tourism, Environment and Ecocriticism
  5. Cinema, Performing and Visual Arts
  6. New Media, Communication and Cyberculture

Keynote Speakers

There will be two keynote speakers in the conference: the scholars of high profile academic records. Both of them will address the opening session of the conference.

Dr. Abhi Subedi

Dr. Abhi Subedi is Professor and former Chair of the Central Department of English, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal. He has received his higher education from Nepal and the UK.

Dr. Subedi is a critic, poet, playwright, linguist and translator who writes both in Nepali and English. He is also a columnist for Kantipur Daily and The Kathmandu Post. He has several dozens of books in Nepali, English and English translations to his credit.

Dr. Subedi’s engagement in academic activities is tremendous. He has served the following in the past: President of the International Theatre Institute (ITI) UNESCO; member of International Playwright’s Forum; President and two times General Secretary of Linguistic Society of Nepal; President of Literary Association of Nepal; Vice-President of Nepal Folklore Society; and member of International Association of Theatre Critics.

Dr. Ammaraj Joshi

Dr. Amma Raj Joshi is Vice Chancellor of Far Western University, Professor and former Chair of the Central Department of English, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal.

Dr. Joshi is also a poet, fiction/nonfiction writer, and essayist. His writings include Writing Skills for All (1994), A Night’s Drama (short stories, 2008), two volumes of critical essays on art and literature: Reflections on Nature, Culture and Literature (2011), Deuda Songs: Poetry and Performance (2011) and Man and River (poetry, 2012). His poems have appeared in the journal, Of Nepalese Clay. The Pumpkin Prince (folk narratives) and A Big Tree (poetry) are ready for publication.

Dr. Joshi has translated B. P. Koirala's novel, Hitler and the Yehudi, into English for Nepal Academy. He has also published critical essays and research articles.

Dates of Importance

Conference Dates:
16-17 June 2022

Submissions Deadline
Abstract Submission (150-250 words):
12 May 2022

Full Paper Submission (3000-5000 words):
30 May 2022

Presentation Materials Submission (PPT) (12-24 slides):
05 June 2022

Registration & Payment
Early Registration:
15-30 May 2022

Late Registration:
31 May – 5 June 2022

  • University Grants Commission, Sanothimi, Bhaktapur
  • Far Western University, Mahendranagar, Kanchanpur

  • Pokhara Multiple Campus, Naya Bazar, Pokhara
  • Kanya Campus, Nadipur, Pokhara
  • Janapriya Multiple Campus, Simalchaur, Pokhara