European Bulletin of Himalayan Research: New issue


A special issue titled “Storying multi-species relationships, commoning and the state in the Himalayas” edited by Erik de Maaker and Dan Smyer Yü has been published. This is the EBHR issue 58 and it marks the completion of the journal’s transition from a printed journal to an online open access journal, now referenced on the DOAJ.

The editors are particularly happy to celebrate these achievements with this special issue which broadens the geographical scope of the EBHR, taking us from the Western Himalayas to Yunnan in Southwest China and invigorates current debates on multi-species relationships.

Erik de Maaker’s introduction provides a comprehensive overview about changing Himalayan contexts of multi-species relations in everyday life. Tara Bate takes us to Humla where a plan to set a conservation area threatens to jeopardize the relations which the inhabitants of the Limi valley built up with their environment through their pastoral practices. Zhen Ma considers that water is for the Dai people a relational being, nowadays disrupted by new development-led irrigation schemes. Also set in Yunnan, Rui Sun’s article describes a ‘cross-species love’ between flower growers and roses, taking the metaphor up to the relationships between a mother and her son. The last article of the special issue, by Sangay Tamang, presents a colonial history of the ‘environmentalism of the Hills’ that produced a separation between the local population and their environment.

Table of content:

Special issue: Storying multi-species relationships, commoning and the state in the Himalayas

Edited by Erik de Maaker and Dan Smyer Yü




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Stéphane Gros (2022, August 18). European Bulletin of Himalayan Research: New issue. The Himalayas and beyond. Retrieved May 25, 2024, from

Stéphane Gros

Stéphane Gros is a social anthropologist at the CNRS (France), Centre for South Asian and Himalayan Studies (CESAH). He is the author of a monograph on the Drung of Northwest Yunnan province in China (La Part manquante, 2012), and has written numerous articles and book chapters on issues of interethnic relations and representations of ethnic minorities, poverty and categorization, as well as rituals and cosmology. He has edited or co-edited four collections of relevance to ethnographic theory, Chinese studies, and area studies. For 2012-2016, he was the Principal Investigator for a collaborative project titled "Territories, Communities, and Exchanges in the Kham Sino-Tibetan Borderlands", funded by a ERC (European Research Council) Starting Grant. His personal research currently investigates aspects of kinship and social organization, conversion to Christianity, as well as heritage politics and environmental discourses.

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