Yale Himalaya Initiative

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Himalayan Connections: Disciplines, Geographies, Trajectories - An interdisciplinary workshop March 9-10, 2013 at Yale University

February 24, 2013

This workshop aims to interrogate the notion of Himalayan Studies writ large, foregrounding connections between academic disciplines, local geographies, and trajectories of study over time. Our collective considerations will highlight links across the landscapes of Himalayan research while considering the often-contested nature of “Himalaya” as an analytical category. The keynote panel, from 5:30-7pm on Saturday March 9th in the Luce Hall Auditorium, will bring together in conversation Professor Charles Ramble (Ecole pratique des hautes études, Sorbonne) and Professor James Scott (Yale University) on the theme of High Asian Connections. We hope this attention to the diverse interests that comprise contemporary Himalayan Studies will lead to new insights and collaborative research platforms. 

Funded by the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, the Council on East Asian Studies, and the South Asian Studies Council at Yale University; with additional support from the Department of Anthropology, Department of Religious Studies, the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and the Yale Himalaya Initiative

Organized in conjunction with the India China Institute, The New School

You can find the workshop’s themes, schedule, and participants here:

The workshop is free, but registration is required online.

We have a very limited number of seats for the sessions on Saturday (9am-4:45pm) and Sunday (9am-12:15pm), but the keynote panel can accommodate a much larger audience. Yale faculty and students will receive first priority as we allocate our available seats. Please indicate your desired sessions carefully when you register. We will reply with confirmation by March 6th, indicating which sessions you are registered for.

The workshop is being organized in conjunction with the Everyday Religion and Sustainable Environments in the Himalaya conference at The New School, which will bring in an additional group of international Himalayan specialists as observer-participants on Saturday. That conference is open to the public (but also requires online registration), and will also be streamed live. Details are available here:

Concurrent with these events is a small exhibit showcasing Yale’s rich Himalayan holdings, open to the public in the Memorabilia Room of Sterling Memorial Library. More information is available here:

Please click here to download a low resolution flyer (524 KB) advertising this event.