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Symposium on "Transnational Buddhism: Philosophical, Anthropological, and Cultural Perspectives"

Rangjung Yeshe Institue will host a Symposium on "Transnational Buddhism: Philosophical, Anthropological, and Cultural Perspectives" on March 25/26, 2017. The presentations take place at Hyatt Regency in Kathmandu, 9am-6pm. 

Symposium "Healing Practices in the Himalaya: Challenges and Opportunities

Blogbeitrag auf Nepali Times zum Symposium "Healing Practices in the Himalaya: Challenges and Opportunities:"

 http://www.nepalitimes.com/blogs/thebrief/2016/10/31/i-am-an-amchi/.

Microfilm-Ordering Process

NEW!

Starting from June 1, 2016 we resume the microfilm-ordering process of the former Nepal Research Centre (NRC) at the National Archives in Kathmandu.

Microfilmed manuscripts can be obtained as (1) digital copy, (2) printed copy, or (3) microfilm copy.

You can find a detailed price list here.

Please contact microfilms2016@gmail.com for billing details or any further information.

New book chapter by Marcus Nüsser, Markus Konz, Nadine Konz, and Ludwig Braun
The newly published book “Nepal: An Introduction to the Natural History, Ecology and Human Environment in the Himalayas,” edited by Georg Miehe, Colin Pendry, and Ram Chaudhary includes the chapter "Rivers, Lakes and Glaciers" by Marcus Nüsser (Head of Department of Geography, South Asia Institute), Markus Konz, Nadine Konz, and Ludwig Braun. The chapter describes the relationship between Nepal's rivers, lakes, glaciers, and climate, and is of relevance not only to Nepal itself but to the wider South Asian region whose water supply derives from the Himalaya.


New article by Marcus Nüsser, Johannes Anhorn, and Thomas Lennartz

A new article by Prof. Marcus Nüsser, Johannes Anhorn and Thomas Lennartz (Department of  Geography, South Asia Institute) entitled "Rapid urban growth and earthquake risk in Musikot, mid-western Hills, Nepal" has been published. The article is available here.

Summary:
The rapid urban development of Musikot from a small bazaar settlement to a mid-size trade and service centre in rural Nepal increases the vulnerability of its inhabitants to natural hazards. Population growth and improved road accessibility has led to increased construction and an expansion and alteration of the built environment. The growing availability of modern construction materials like concrete and steel allows for new architectural designs and the erection of additional storeys on existing buildings, which contributes to the instability of the building stock. The aftermath of the April 2015 Gorkha Earthquake demonstrates the severe consequences of such haphazard construction practices in seismically active locations. A lack of implementation and enforcement of regulatory frameworks for building construction and spatial planning raises the risks for the local population. Taking Musikot as a characteristic case study of rapid urban change, this article analyses it’s increasing local earthquake-risk in light of insufficient seismic building code implementation and risk-sensitive urban planning. Applying an approach that combines repeat photography and field mapping, the urban development of Musikot and the increasing fragility of the building stock are assessed using a modified seismic evaluation scheme for local building types. Almost one fourth of all construction was found to be at high risk of damage to earthquakes. It is argued, that without proper training in earthquake resistant construction techniques and awareness campaigns, the (mal-)adoption of modern construction materials will amplify earthquake risk in rural centres. This study stresses the need to broaden the research of disaster risk reduction and adequate adaptation strategies beyond the current focus on large agglomerations to include rapidly urbanising small settlements in rural areas, which are all too often neglected.

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