The UWA political science and international relations discipline has received 115,500 dollars in funding through the New Colombo Plan for its students to visit India and Mongolia.Read more "The Australian Himalaya Research Network wins two New Colombo Plan grants!"
The Australian Himalaya Research Network is issuing an open call for membership among Humanities and Social Sciences scholars in Australian universities working on the Himalayan region! The Australian Himalaya Research Network examines the combined challenges of nationalism, state-making, cultural transformation, environmental destruction and the minoritization of Himalayan people. Send the following details to firstname.lastname@example.org and […]Read more "Join the Australian Himalaya Research Network!"
Prem Phyak explores how citizen multilingualism addressed the linguademic in Nepal.Read more "Citizen Multilingualism: Communication During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nepal"
Sandesha Rayapa, PhD Banner image (above): A panoramic view of Budi, one of the many Rung villages in the higher regions situated above Dharchula (Source: Adesh S. Rayapa). Dharchula and its twin town, Darchula, are separated by the Mahakali river, which also divides India from Nepal. At 915m above sea level, Dharchula is located on […]Read more "Surviving the Covid-19 Pandemic in the Himalayan Borderlands"
By Zainab Khalid (Lanzhou University and COMSATS University) The first thing that strikes travelers to the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Northern Pakistan, where the Hindu Kush, Karakoram and Himalaya mountain ranges meet, is its dramatic landscapes. Tall, bare almost ugly, somewhat scary mountains are broken by deeply cut valleys, whose meandering rivers and tributaries surround you […]Read more "The Wrong Hertz: In Northeast Pakistan’s Mountains, Disaster Communication Encounters Static"
Dolma Choden Roder (Royal Thimphu College) Like many in Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city, I heard about both the first positive case on March 6th (an American tourist who was initially quarantined in the capital but flown home a little after 10 days ) and the announcement of the nationwide lockdown on August 11th on social […]Read more "Keeping Connected while Staying Apart: Social Media and Lockdown in Thimphu"
Yulha Lhawa Banner image (above). The COVID-19 pandemic was suppressed quickly and early in Khroskyabs-speaking communities, and so villagers were able to successfully undertake the year’s farm work. Here, Aunt Xiang Sijie and her three nieces pose in front of a rack full of harvested barley. Tibet is commonly perceived as a monolingual region. However, […]Read more "Speaking the Virus: The Importance of Reaching Rural Tibetan Communities in Their Vernaculars"
Abha Lal (@AbhaLal2) Banner image (above). The hospital in Gulariya town, Bardiya, where COVID-19 patients are being treated (source). Tharus are an Indigenous community of southern Nepal. According to the most recent national census (2011), they make up 6.6% of Nepal’s population. Although linguists recognize several distinct Tharu languages, most of the Tharu community, as […]Read more "A State of Mistrust: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Nepal’s Tharu Communities"
Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman, PhD (Visiting Research Associate, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, India) Banner image (above). Three young girls walking to school during light rain (slap-boi-ksi), in Mawlynnong village in Meghalaya, one using an umbrella to protect against the rain, one deciding if she should use it or close it, and one walking without an […]Read more "The Languages and Imaginations of Monsoon Rains below the Eastern Himalaya"
Mujahid Torwali (@Mujahidtorwali) July 2010 saw some of the most devastating floods in Pakistan’s history. These were followed by serious flooding again ten years later. This post examines communication during these floods among the Torwali-speaking communities of Swat, in northern Pakistan. The Torwali Communities of Swat Swat is a district in Malakand Division of Khyber […]Read more "Communication During Disasters in Indigenous Communities in Swat"