Kathmandu is the capital city of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal. The city lays at the crossroads of ancient and modern civilizations in Asia and is itself in the throes of balancing rapid development with tradition, capacity and inequality. The city lays at the bottom of a valley surrounded by famed and little known mountains. Rich with history and culture, it holds several important pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists as well as seven UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Host Institution: Martin Chautari is a research and policy institute that aims to produce high quality academic work on issues of democracy, public health, gender equality, knowledge production, internet access, media, education and social inclusion in Nepal. Martin Chautari’s discussion and seminar series is the oldest continuously running series related to Nepal in the world. It consists of two scheduled discussions and/or seminars a week with speakers and topics drawn from a wide social and intellectual spectrum. Students can create their own research project related to these topics or participate in field work already being conducted in these fields.
Mentor: Dr. Pratyoush Onta, is a Penn alum and the Research Director for Martin Chautari. Dr. Onta has written, edited or co-edited several books including Nepal Studies in the UK (2004), and Social History of Radio Nepal (2004, in Nepali). He is also the founding editor of the journals Studies in Nepali History and Society (est. 1996) and Media Studies (est. 2006, in Nepali).
Program Dates: Between June 1 - August 11
Program Length: 8 Weeks