Prithvi Narayan Campus, Pokhara, Nepal

Oxford University and Prithvi Narayan Campus Join Hands for Research in Nepal

TU-PNC, 11 March 2020 – Oxford University School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnology and Prithvi Narayan Campus Department of Sociology & Rural Development have started a joint research project for the period of 2 years.

The project is funded by the British Academy through its Heritage, Dignity and Violence Programme. The project has begun in November 2019 and is to be completed in November 2021. The topic of the project is “The Dalit Search for Dignity: State, Society, and Mobilization from Below in Far-West Nepal”.

Responding to our reporter, Prof. Dr. Biswo Kallyan Parajuli, Head of the Department of Sociology & Rural Development said, the main objective of the study is to explore the Dalit quest for dignity in all its multiple facets such as social structures, cultures, and practices. “The project will be headed by David Gellner of Oxford University, and co-researched by Biswo Kallyan Parajuli of Prithvi Narayan Campus, and Krishna Adhikari of Oxford University. Other members of the team include Gopal Nepali of Samata Foundation, Anchala Chaudhari of Prithvi Narayan Campus, Basanta Maharjan  as freelance researcher, and Michael Hutt of Oxford University,” he added.

The project is designed to inform policies of decentralized local governments, newly empowered under the federal republican constitution, and thereby contribute to peace, inclusion, and equity, according to the project website. It further says that the project brings together experienced interdisciplinary researchers, including Dalit scholars, to investigate the experience of Dalitness in the Mid and Far-West Nepal, which is the most backward part of Nepal.

Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka of University of Bielefeld and Dhana Bhusal of Save the Children, Surkhet have been involved in the project as advisors.

Published by: Dept of Socio
Published on 2020-08-19

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