06 September 2018
Place-knots in the Himalayas: Experiences of Locality and Community
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RCSD Graduate Seminar

"Place-knots in the Himalayas: Experiences of Locality and Community"

Dr. Martin Saxer 
Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology 
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

6 September 2018 9.00-12.00

Subaltern room, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University

The idea of the *local community* is deeply engrained in public imaginaries of life in non-urban settings. It is the target of development aid, benefit sharing arrangements, tourism promotion, and political struggles for autonomy. People moving out in search of refuge or fortune, on the other hand, are understood as migrants – forming migrant communities in a global diaspora. 

Trying to understand the contemporary experiences of highly mobile trading societies in the Himalayas, neither the “local community” nor “migration” or “diaspora” are able to capture what is at stake. Based on research in Northern Nepal, I suggest the notion of place-knots to understand the continuing importance of locality and community as well as the entanglements between the two.

This event is free and open to the public