The third Association of Nepal and Himalayan Studies Conference was held at Yale University on 14 –16 March, 2014. The conference explored a range of ecological, social and political challenges facing a region that divides — and connects — the two great Asian superpowers, China and India. The conference attracted more than200 people from across the world, not including participants from the Yale community. It was chaired and convened by Dr. Mark Turin, affiliated Anthropology faculty member and Associate Research Scientist at Yale’s South Asian Studies Council.
During the three-day conference, research scholars, health practitioners, and artists from universities and organizations worldwide participated in 33 panels and six roundtables about a range of issues, from conservation policy and migration studies to religious movements and regional art history. The central theme of the conference was “Communities,” with an emphasis on dialogue that pertains to communities within and across the Himalaya, regional partnerships, and practices that support Himalayan studies as an emerging field of interdisciplinary scholarship.