Corruption in Nepal
David Gellner University of Oxford Sara Shneiderman University of British Columbia
David Gellner (University of Oxford), Sara Shneiderman (University of British Columbia) in conversation with Jenny Bentley (University of Zurich).
How can community perceptions add an important dimension to understanding systemic corruption in Nepal?
In this conversation, the panel will discuss two important cases: The abuse of power by Lokman Singh Karki, the former head of Nepal's anti-corruption commission (CIAA), and corruption in post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal.
This event is part of the Corruption and Communities open seminar hosted by CMI/U4 and Bergen Resource centre. See further details about the programme.
All are warmly welcome to this conversation! Coffee, tea & fruit/biscuits will be served.
David Gellner is Professor of Social Anthropology, and Director of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford. David has written extensively on a variety of subjects ranging from Newar social organization, activism, politics and ethnicity, ritual and religious change, democratization, elections, borderlands, Dalits, and class formation in South Asia, with a focus on Nepal.
Sara Shneiderman is socio-cultural anthropologist working in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, India, and China's Tibetan Autonomous Region, and serve as an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology as well as in UBC's new School of Public Policy and Global Affairs/Institute of Asian Research. Her research explores the relationships between political discourse, ritual action, and cross-border mobility in producing ethnic identities and shaping social transformation. Current research projects include a new transdisciplinary partnership focused on Nepal's post-earthquake reconstruction; an ethnography of "post-conflict" state restructuring in Nepal that focuses on lived experiences of citizenship, territory and religiosity.
Photo credit: Wikimedia commons. Char Narayan Temple under reconstruction, Patan Durbar Square.