The Himalayas and beyond Blog

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Borders, Ethnicity and Critical Scholarship

For some ten years, my work has focused on border politics and identity, ethnicity and state-society relations in China, giving rise to intensive fieldwork in the Gyalrong region of Sichuan province. These issues are...

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Incompleteness in Yi writings

China officially numbers fifty-five “minority nationalities” (shaoshu minzu 少数民族)—an expression often inappropriately translated as “national minorities” and wrongly regarded as “ethnic groups”. One of these is the “Yi nationality” (Yizu 彝族), ranked first among...

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Changing forms of religion as an indicator of current transformations in Nepal

When carefully considered, the motto of “let’s be happy” seems rather appropriate to the current Nepali situation. Political failure, disillusionment with politics, power cuts, a shortage of so many basic necessities, an economic crisis,...

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“Kham Project” receives support from the European Research Council

Stéphane Gros has been awarded a Starting Independent Researcher Grant from the European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant)[1] for his project “Territories, Communities and Exchanges in the Sino-Tibetan Kham Borderlands (China),” hosted at the...

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Quasi-generalized, mostly temporary, monasticism among boys: An uncommon form of Tibetan “mass monasticism”

The phrase “mass monasticism” coined by Melvyn Goldstein1 is by now commonly used by specialists of Tibetan religion. As recently reformulated by Goldstein, it designates a monastic system characterized by “an emphasis on recruiting...

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Philippe Sagant (1936-2015), by Stéphane Gros and Grégoire Schlemmer

Gros, Stéphane and Schlemmer, Grégoire (2016) “Obituary: Philippe Sagant (1936-2015),” Himalaya, the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies: Vol. 35: No. 2, Article 23. Full version at http://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2253&context=himalaya The ethnologist Philippe...

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Conference on Sino-Tibetan Borderlands

Territories, Communities, and Exchanges in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands 18-20 February, 2016 This international conference is an outcome of the ERC-funded project “Territories, Communities, an Exchanges in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands”, hosted by the Centre for...

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CFP: International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Borderlands

“Territories, Communities, and Exchanges in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands” February 18-20, 2016, Paris – France Call for papers To submit your proposal please register on the conference website and submit your proposal online: http://kham.sciencesconf.org Deadline...

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Cultural Flows across the Western Himalaya

A look at Western Himalayan cultural flows from the perspective of several disciplines: This collection of essays is the outcome of a symposium hosted by the International Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla (15th–18th April...

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Xidaotang: a Chinese Muslim community (Gansu)

Hille, Marie-Paule. « Le Xidaotang, une existence collective à l’épreuve du politique. Ethnographie historique et anthropologique d’une communauté musulmane chinoise (Gansu, 1857-2014) » [The Xidaotang, endurance and transformations of a collective existence. Historical and...