Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Kathmandu Branch Office

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

Nadine Plachta M.A.

Resident Representative:

Office: +977 1 553 72 04
Mobile: +977 98 18 765 225
Meetings by appointment

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since August 2014: Resident Representative at the Kathmandu Office of Heidelberg University's South Asia Institute
  • Since February 2013: Doctoral Program "Global Studies" at the University of Bern; PhD Project: "Borderlands Reimagined: Notions of Identity, Belonging, and Place in a High Mountain Valley of Nepal"
  • Since February 2013: Certificate of Advanced Studies in Higher Education at the University of Bern
  • 2012: Research Affiliate at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute of Kathmandu University's Centre for Buddhist Studies
  • 2009 – 2014: Assistant at the Institute for the Science of Religion at the University of Bern
  • 2009 – 2012: Research Project: "Gendering Buddhism in Nepal: Images of the Feminine in a Transcultural Context" at the Institute for the Science of Religion at the University of Bern
  • 2008: Magister Thesis: "Going Beyond Buddhism: Politics of Adaptation and Buddhist Engagement in the Foundation of the Preservation of the Mahayana Buddhism (FPMT)"
  • 2001 – 2009: Studies of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Religious Studies, History of South Asia, and Political Science of South Asia at Heidelberg University; multiple field trips to Nepal and India


forthc. "Redefining Monastic Tradition: The Case of Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery in the Kathmandu Valley." In: Jessica V. Birkenholtz and Megan A. Sijapati (eds), Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya. London, New York: Routledge.

Fields of Interest

Himalayan Studies

Ethnicity, Identity, and Belonging

Buddhism and Gender in a Transcultural Context

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