Welcome to Conference on Sudurpaschim Studies

Sudurpaschim (FarWest)Province, made up of nine districts, is both ecologicallyand culturally diverse. Bordering India’sUttarakhand to the west, Uttar Pradesh (UP) to the south and China’s Tibet to its north, the region preserves cultural and economic ties not only with the people of Nepal’s Karnali region to the east but also across international borders in the other directions. In the past, the boundaries between these various regions were fluid. Known as a gateway to Kailash and Mansarovar, home to the deities of the Hindu pantheon and numerous pilgrimage sites, followingthe fall of the Khas Empire in the fourteenth century, much of today’s Sudurpaschim wasfragmented into small principalities known as thebaise kingdoms(lit. 22 principalities). This region is still largely inaccessible and has the highest levelof poverty and the lowest human development indicators in the country. To provide for their families, many peoplehave to migrate (mostly seasonally)to India for low-paid menial work. This is not only due to difficult geographical conditions and extreme weather, but also owing to the distance from the capital and persistent neglect on the part of the government.

IMPORTANT DATES

Submission of proposal/abstract:

15 June 2022

Notification of acceptance:

15 July 2022

Submission of full paper/extended summary(3,000-5,000 words):

30 September 2022

Registration for presenters:

1-31 October, 2022

Registration for Participants:

1 November- 5 December 2022

Conference:

12-13 December 2022