Join us on May 31 for a talk Nepal’s post-earthquake reconstruction

Dr. Sara Shneiderman, a cultural anthropologist at UBC, has worked in Nepal for 20 years. In the wake of Nepal’s April and May 2015 earthquakes, she was engaged in relief efforts focused on rural areas – it was through Dr. Shneiderman that TRAS was able to help rebuild toilets in Dolakha, one of the areas worst-hit by the earthquakes. Her current research projects include a multi-disciplinary research partnership on Nepal’s post-earthquake reconstruction.


Dr. Shneiderman has kindly agreed to give a talk on Nepal’s recovery from the 2015 earthquakes. We’re looking forward to hearing about the challenges facing Nepal – political as well as physical – and what TRAS can do to help.

Date and time: Thursday May 31, 7:30 pm
Location: Tsengdok Monastery, 1502 Angus Drive (at Granville), Vancouver
Admission by donation

To Register contact the office at or 604-224-5133 

Dr. Sara Shneiderman is a socio-cultural anthropologist working in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, India, and China’s Tibetan Autonomous Region, and serving as an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology as well as in UBC’s new School of Public Policy and Global Affairs/Institute of Asian Research. Her research explores the relationships between political discourse, ritual action, and cross-border mobility in producing ethnic identities and shaping social transformation.

Current research projects include a new transdisciplinary partnership focused on Nepal’s post-earthquake reconstruction; an ethnography of “post-conflict” state restructuring in Nepal that focuses on lived experiences of citizenship, territory and religiosity since 2006; an exploration of trans-Himalayan citizenship across the historical and contemporary borders of India, China, and Nepal; participation in a University of Toronto-based project on infrastructure and development in Nepal’s agrarian districts; and collaboration in a Yale University-based project on urbanization and land use change in the Himalayas.