“Himalayan Connections” workshop report
The interdisciplinary workshop “Himalayan Connections: Disciplines, Geographies, Trajectories”, convened by Andrew Quintman (Religious Studies) and Sara Shneiderman (Anthropology), both Yale faculty members as well as core members of the Yale Himalaya Initiative, was held at Yale University on March 9-10, 2013. The workshop’s aims were:
- to consider the interdisciplinary connections that might shape new approaches to Himalayan Studies;
- to recognize the diversity of perspectives that characterize Himalayan scholarship;
- to consider the processes of change that affect ideas about the Himalaya;
- and to initiate dialogue towards future collaboration.
These aims were pursued through six themed panels: Disciplinary Histories; Scales of Connectivity; Identities; Everyday Religion and the Environment; Visual and Literary Representations; and States and Borders. The participants were asked to respond to a shared set of questions that the convenors provided to guide each panel, and this structure is reflected in a workshop report, authored by Austin Lord, Andrew Quintman and Sara Shneiderman, that has just been made public. The report can be consulted and downloaded here: