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UIO guest lecture: Gari Khana Deu – Let us Live! How transnational youth navigate a provisional Nepal

October 29, 2014 - 14:15-16:00

 
Guest lecture with Heather Hindman, Associate Professor at University of Texas, Austin, about the recently emergent social movements in Katmandu. Open for all.
 
The lecture will explore several recently emergent social movements in Kathmandu; these movements draw most of their membership from an elite group of internationally experienced young people.
 
“Bipals” or Bideshi Nepalis (Foreign Nepalis) return from study or work abroad with high expectations, both their own and their communities’, of success and contributions to building a better country. Yet, most quickly find barriers to their progress, whether in the form of entrenched bureaucracies and hierarchies or physical infrastructure limitations.
New narrative of success
 
Whereas overseas experience once guaranteed a high-paying and secure job, this is no longer the case in contemporary Kathmandu, and many returnees must forge a new narrative of success.
 
For some, this has taken the form of involvement in entrepreneurship organizations that encourage the creation of independent businesses and advocate for a more productive climate for entrepreneurship.
 
Others seek to disrupt the status quo through music and radical activism. In the end, Hindman suggest that these disparate organizations share some ideas about the appropriate role for the state in Nepal, ideas that run contrary to many assumptions about neoliberalism and failed states.
 
Venue: P.A. Munchs house. Auditorium 11.
 
Photo: academia.edu

 

UIO guest lecture: Gari Khana Deu – Let us Live! How transnational youth navigate a provisional Nepal

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Date:
October 29, 2014
Time:
14:15-16:00