Call for papers: 'Work, Identity and Livelihood in Nepal' Conference in Delhi

Call for papers: Work, Identity and Livelihood in Nepal
Theoretical challenges and contemporary practices
for South Asia
New Delhi, 22-23 July 2017

This conference seeks to engage with all dimensions of work which constitutes the livelihoods of the Nepalis within and outside Nepal. We approach the world of work with a view that it encompasses all sorts of productive arrangements we have with others and with nature, and that our individual and collective identities are deeply rooted in the work that we do for living. However, we envisage work not only as constituents of the class status – as has been highlighted routinely in the ongoing discourses – but as an identity marker that shapes everyday lives. We also appreciate that the ideas of work identity and livelihoods are entwined with broader concerns about the multiple orders and arrangements that govern individuals, communities, societies, nations and the overall process of globalization.

We acknowledge that the scholarly discourse on work, in Nepal as elsewhere, has generally revolved around notions such as labour and wage, unionism, poverty and justice. To contrast, since the studies on work and livelihoods in Nepal often tend to gain visibility through concerns for development, the foreign aid and development narratives have captured some part of this discursive field. This conference will seek to engage critically the categories of class, identity and emancipation on the one hand and poverty and prosperity on the other.

Please send your abstracts on papers or panels (maximum 500 words) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The deadline for submission is February 28, 2017.

Full papers should be no longer than 5000 words excluding reference and footnotes, and are due end of June 2017.
Each speaker will get 30 mn to present one’s paper and 30 mn for discussion. Contributors are encouraged to seek independent funding for travel.
Some support may be provided for younger scholars travelling from within India and Nepal. Local costs of all participants will be borne by the organisers.

This conference will connect Nepal with South Asian scholarships through having discussants from the wider region.

Conference date: 22-23 July 2017 Location: New Delhi

The organising committee
Tristan Bruslé, Researcher, Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities, New Delhi
Blandine Ripert, Researcher, Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities, New Delhi
Yogesh Raj, Research Director, Martin Chautari, Kathmandu
Mallika Shakya, Assistant Professor, South Asia University, New Delhi
Awadhendra Sharan, Associate Professor, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi
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