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Academic Publications


2011    "Synthesizing Practice and Performance, Securing Recognition: Thangmi Cultural Heritage in Nepal and India" in Ritual, Heritage and Identity: The Politics of Culture and Performance in a Globalised World. Christiane Brosius and Karin Polit, eds. London: Routledge. 202-245.

2010    "Are the Central Himalayas in Zomia? Some Scholarly and Political Considerations Across Time and Space" in a special issue of the Journal of Global History entitled Zomia and the Southeast Asian Massif, Jean Michaud, ed. 5(2): 289-312.

2010    “Creating ‘Civilized’ Communists: A Quarter Century of Politicization in Rural Nepal” in Varieties of Activist Experience: Civil Society in South Asia, David Gellner, ed. Delhi: Sage Publications. 46-80.

2010  "'Producing' Thangmi Ritual Texts: Practice, Performance and Collaboration" in a special issue of the journal Language Documentation and Description, Mark Turin and Imogen Gunn, eds. London: Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project, School of Oriental and African Studies 8: 159-174.

2010  "Nepal's Two Polities: A View from Dolakha" in In Hope and Fear: Living Through the People's War in Nepal, Prabin Manandhar and David Seddon, eds. Delhi: Adroit Publishers. 200-213. Co-authored with Mark Turin.

2009      "The Formation of Political Consciousness in Rural Nepal" in a special issue of the journal Dialectical Anthropology entitled Ethnographies of Maoism in South Asia, Alpa Shah and Judith Pettigrew, eds. 33(3-4): 287-308.

2009      "Ethnic (P)reservations: Comparing Thangmi Ethnic Activism in Nepal and India" in Ethnic Activism and Civil Society in South Asia, David Gellner, ed. Delhi: Sage Publications. 115-141.

2008        “Reservations, Federalism and the Politics of Recognition in Nepal” in Economic and Political Weekly. 43(19): 39-45. May 10 – May 16, 2008. Co-authored with Townsend Middleton.

2007         “Living Practical Dharma: A Tribute to Chomo Khandru and the Bonpo Women of Lubra Village, Mustang, Nepal” in Nuns, Yoginis, Saints and Singers: Women’s Renunciation in South Asia. Meena Khandelwal, Sondra L. Hausner and Ann Grodzins Gold, eds. Delhi: Zubaan (Kali for Women). 91-122.

2006    “Revisiting Ethnography, Recognizing a Forgotten People: The Thangmi of Nepal and India” in Studies in Nepali History and Society. 11 (1): 97-181. Co-authored with Mark Turin.

2006    “Barbarians at the Border and Civilising Projects: Analaysing Ethnic and National Identities in the Tibetan Context” in Tibetan Borderlands. Christiaan Klieger, ed. Leiden: Brill. 9-34.

2006    “Living Practical Dharma: A Tribute to Chomo Khandru and the Bonpo Women of Lubra Village, Mustang, Nepal” in Women’s Renunciation in South Asia: Nuns, Yoginis, Saints and Singers. Meena Khandelwal, Sondra L. Hausner, and Ann Grodzins Gold, eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 69-93.

2006    “Seeking the Tribe: Ethno-politics in Darjeeling and Sikkim” in Himal Southasian. March-April 2006. 19 (2): 54-58. Co-authored with Mark Turin.

2005    “Agency and Resistance in the Thangmi-Newar Ritual Relationship: An Analysis of Devikot-Khadga Jatra in Dolakha, Nepal” in The European Bulletin of Himalayan Research. 28: 5-42.

2005    “Swapping Identities: Borderland Exchanges along the Nepal-TAR Frontier” in Himal Southasian. November-December 2005. 18 (3): 32-33.

2004    “The Path to Janasarkar in Dolakha District: Towards an Ethnography of the Maoist Movement” in Himalayan People’s War: Nepal’s Maoist Rebellion, Michael Hutt, ed. London: Hurst & Co. 77-109. Co-authored with Mark Turin.

2004    “Relationships, Complicity and Representation: Conducting Research in Nepal during the Maoist Insurgency” in Anthropology Today. 20 (1): 20-25. co-authored with Judith Pettigrew and Ian Harper.

2004    “Women and the Maobadi: Ideology and Agency in Nepal’s Maoist Movement” in Himal Southasian, January 2004. 17 (1): 19-29. Co-authored with Judith Pettigrew.

2003    “Violent Histories and Political Consciousness: Reflections on Nepal’s Maoist Movement from Piskar Village” in Himalaya: The Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies. 23 (1): 38-48.

2002    “Embodied Ancestors: Territory and the Body in Thangmi Death Rituals” in Territory and Identity in Tibet and the Himalayas. Katia Buffetrille and Hildegard Diemberger, eds. Leiden: Brill. 233-252.

2000    “Preliminary Etymological Notes on Thangmi Clan Names and Indigenous Explanations of their Provenance” in The Journal of Nepalese Literature, Art and Culture. 3 (2): 69-83. Co-authored with Mark Turin.

2000    “Sisterly Clans: A Collection of Thoughts on Thami Women” in Adivasi Mahila Awaj (Voice of Indigenous Women), barsa-2, anka-3 baisakh-asar 2057 (Year 2, Issue 3, Baisakh-Asar 2057). Kathmandu. 18-21.

1999    “Appropriate Treasure: Reflections on Women, Buddhism, and Cross-Cultural Exchange” in Buddhist Women Across Cultures. Karma Lekshe Tsomo, ed. Albany: SUNY Press. 221-238.


Edited Books

2003        The Gauri Shankar Trekking Area (including Rolwaling) - A Cultural Tour Book, edited by Patricia East, Susan Höivik, Max Petrik, Sara Shneiderman and Mark Turin. Kathmandu: Eco Himal and Mandala Book Point.


Reviews, Reports and Letters

2010 Review of Being a Buddhist Nun: the Struggle for Enlightenment in the Himalayas, Kim Gutschow, in American Ethnologist, 37(3): 605-606.

2010 Review of Tibetan Diary: from Birth to Death and Beyond in a Himalayan Valley of Nepal, Geoff Childs, in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 16: 201-202.

2007 “Not just nuns and oracles: contemporary Tibetan women” (Review of Women in Tibet, Past and Present, Janet Gyatso and Hanna Havnevik, eds) in IIAS Newsletter. 45: 33.

2006    Review of Suitably Modern: Making Middle-Class Culture in a New Consumer Society, Mark Liechty, in Journal of Asian Studies. 65(3): 645-646.

2005a    “Anthropology in a Time of Crisis: A Note from Nepal” in Anthropology News (Human Rights Forum). 46(5): 30-31.

2005b    Review of Ethnic Revival and Religious Turmoil: Identities and Representations in the Himalayas, Marie Lecomte-Tilouine and Pascale Dollfus eds, in European Bulletin of Himalayan Research. 28: 100.

2003a    Review of Fluid Boundaries: Forming and Transforming Identity in Nepal, William Fisher, in European Bulletin of Himalayan Research. 24: 129-132.

2003b    “Short Takes #9: Women and War” in Anthropology News (Section News of the Association for Feminist Anthropology). 44 (5): 40.

2003c    Review of Sensory Biographies: Lives and Deaths among Nepal’s Yolmo Buddhists by Robert Desjarlais in Himalaya: The Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies. 23 (2): 23-24.

2003d    “Returning Footage to the Himalayas” in Viewfinder: the Magazine of the British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC). 50: 10-12. co-authored with Mark Turin.

2003e    “Digital Himalaya: Returning Cultural Property in Nepal” in IIAS Newsletter. July 2003. 31: 23.

2003f    Conference report on The Agenda of Transformation: Inclusion in Nepali Democracy, Kathmandu, 24-26 April 2003. European Bulletin of Himalayan Research. 24: 78-80. co-authored with Mark Turin.

2002    “Digital Himalaya: An Ethnographic Archive in the Digital Age” in Interarchive: Archival Practices and Sites. Beatrice von Bismarck et al, eds. Köln: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König. 359-361. co-authored with Mark Turin.

2001a    “Digital Himalaya: An Ethnographic Archive in the Digital Age” in The European Bulletin of Himalayan Research. 20-21: 136-141. co-authored with Mark Turin.

2001b    “Haimendorf’s Laptop: An Ethnographic Archive in the Digital Age” in IIAS Newsletter. November 2001. 26: 20. co-authored with Mark Turin.

2000    “Caravan: A rejoinder” in Himal Southasian. April 2000. 13 (4): 5. co-authored with Mark Turin.

1996        “Strength and Silence of Buddhist Women” in Himal. March 1996. 7.


Journalistic Publications

2010 "Negotiating Nepal's Two Polities: A View from Dolakha" in In Hope and In Fear: Living Through the People's War in Nepal, Prabin Manandhar and David Seddon, eds. Delhi: Adroit. 200-213. Co-authored with Mark Turin.

2007    “Illustrating a Mother Tongue” in Nepali Times. October 12-18, 2007. 370: 13.

2005a    “The Other Nepali Politics: Darjeeling” in Nation Weekly. February 6, 2005. 1 (42): 27-29.

2004    “Dasain in Dolakha: Cautiously Optimistic” in Nation Weekly. November 14, 2004. 1 (30): 32-33. co-authored with Mark Turin.

2003a    “Tibet, Tibet” in Nepali Times. June 20-26, 2003. 150: 3. co-authored with Mark Turin.

2003b    “Reply” in Nepali Times. July 4-10, 2003. 152: 3. co-authored with Mark Turin.

2003c    “Yams in Boulderland” in Nepali Times. September 5-11, 2003. 161: 8-9. co-authored with Mark Turin.

2000 a    “Rethinking Himalayan Cinema” in People’s Review. April 27-May 3, 2000. 9 (37): 6. co-authored with Mark Turin.

2000 b    “Throwing Bricks At Foreigners” in The Kathmandu Post. April 23, 2000, (Sunday Post Supplement), p. II.

2000 c    “A Retrospective of Jan Salter’s Work” in The Kathmandu Post. May 14, 2000 (Sunday Post Supplement), p. II

2000 d    “A Journey Up the Langtang Valley” in The Alpine Pocket Guide to Nepal, Alpine Travel Service, Kathmandu. 244-250.

1999    “Do You Know Where Your Sons Are?” in The Kathmandu Post. June 25, 1999. 4.

1998    “Seven Years in Tibet vs. Terminator” in Earshot. Kathmandu. (1): 5.

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