Kathryn March to Discuss Tragedy, Inequity and the Paradoxes of “Resilience” in Community Response to the 2015 Earthquakes in Nepal

On Tuesday, February 7th, the South Asia Center is pleased to host Kathryn March to discuss tragedy, inequity and the paradoxes of “resilience” in community response to the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal. Kathryn S. March is Professor Emerita and Graduate Professor of Anthropology, Feminist/GendeKathryn Marchr/Sexuality Studies, and Public Affairs at Cornell University, where she received her PhD in 1979. The lecture will take place in 341 Eggers Hall at 12:30PM.

She has worked and lived with indigenous Tibeto-origin peoples in the Himalayas, such as the Sherpa and Tamang, on questions of gender, social justice and change, since 1973.  Her published work includes a study about the empowerment and mobilization of women—Women’s informal associations: catalysts for change? (with R. Taqqu, 1985), a collaborative book in both Nepali and English about first-hand travel experiences called Mutual Regards/दोहोरी नमस्ते (with D. Holmberg, B.B. Tamang & S.M. Tamang, 1994) and a study of women’s life history narratives and song compositions in “If each comes halfway”: meeting Tamang women in Nepal (2002), as well as many articles.  She has received grants and fellowships, notably from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Bunting Institute.

Twice a Fulbright Scholar to Nepal, she founded a collaborative program with the national Tribhuvan University of Nepal in 1992 which now supports study and research on a wide variety of subjects by approximately 25 young scholars from both the US and Nepal annually. She has worked with UN/FAO, SNV-Nepal, USAID, the US Department of State, and various Nepal government ministries, including a consultation for the National Planning Commission. Her commitments to teaching won her Stephen and Margery Russell Distinguished Teaching Award, the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs Distinguished Faculty Award, and (twice) the Merrill Presidential Scholar Outstanding Educator award; for her work in international women’s rights, she was (twice) Cornell’s International Women’s Day Honoree. Her current research focuses on the changes in Tamang gender, including property rights, compulsory labor, domestic organization and wage labor migration, although mitigating the impact of the earthquakes in 2015 has occupied her lately.