Safar - Kathmandu, Nepal


SAFAR Workshop on Social justice, Community Studies, and Humanistic Rhetoric (May 19 – June 5, 2024)
The program is based on the idea of responsive pedagogies and critical reflection on the issues of social justice and community studies. Dr Lucia Durá (The University of Texas at El Paso) is  conducting an intensive workshop from May 19 to June 5, 2024. United States Educational Foundation (USEF) has awarded SAFAR to invite Dr. Durá. The programs will be in collaboration with Institute of Advanced Communication, Education, and Research (IACER).
The beliefs and attitudes toward social justice within and across borders addresses the legitimacy of the common people in ethics and law, human and institutional responsibilities towards the margin, indigenous groups, women and children, and recognition of the capabilities of such peoples. The question of social justice is mainly tied to those who do not belong to social mobility in terms with freedom and right to live normal lives, opportunities and rights to use them, and dignity of the economically
vulnerable communities. The overall discourse on social justice has guiding theoretical framework in rhetoric studies, and American cultural studies. Such programs and disciplines have more than half a century heuristic tradition in the U. S. to address challenges and issues related with culture.


Indigenous Environmental Knowledge and Nomadic Wisdom: Discoursing in the Disciplines of Archeology, Anthropology, and Postcolonialism (May 24–25, 2024)
Knowledge has indigenous/aboriginal roots. Acknowledgment of the contributions of Tharus (Nepal), Santhals (India), and Māori (New Zealand) to Himba (Namibia) makes humanities scholarship richer, humbler, and epistemologically sincere. For instance, imagine the humanities research that is open for the engagement of ways the tantric culture of goddess art conceptualizes wisdom and compassion in the site of sexuality, or how the Magahi art in Southern Nepal communicates ecological awareness; and the power of songs that troubadours of Bangladesh, cutting across anthropomorphic world views. Knowledge travels decentering the spatiotemporal boundaries and questioning the origin and authority of knowledge. The pre-historic humans were neither bloodthirsty apes nor Hobbes’s brutish beasts, or Rousseau’s noble savages.


Asian Studies Conference IV (Gender, Communication and Development), April 22, 2023, Venue: Hotel Marshyangdi
Preamble: Gender communication is a political commitment to diversity; gender communication has an aesthetic dimension.
There has been a rapid increase in the number of women in the workplace as entrepreneurs, managers, bankers, and computer experts, but still the ‘glass ceiling’ continues. People’s beliefs and attitudes, as well as global policies on communication, have urged various actors to provide support to women through information and communication technology (ICT) for international networking and sharing of information, and analysis of ways in which communication policies, telecommunications, and ICTs impact the development of women.
There still are millions of women who have minimum articulation in community discourse and thus the speech circuit is seldom complete. This conference seeks to highlight the nature and impact of gender communication and development, from the frontline corporate world to singing voices.
SAFAR is organizing a day-long conference on Gender, Communication, and Development. A conference on this particular theme is a useful resource for exploring the complex interactions of gender epistemologies, subjectivities, and sexualities. The discussions will benefit from understanding how communication and development are shaped, reflected, and expressed in terms of interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, and media environments.
The speakers are from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, UAE, and USA.

_______________________________________________________________________________________________Asian Studies Conference III, March 27–28, 2022, Marsyandi Hotel, Kathmandu

Asian Studies III was held on March 27-28, 2022 at Marsyandi Hotel Kathmandu in collaboration with CASSA and Ambition College, Kathmandu. Prof. Arun Gupto (Nepal) is working on an anthology with Dr. Lora Gonzales (USA). Interested writers can submit their abstracts by August, 2022 to Prof. Gupto ( 
The conference focused on community studies and environmental studies by covering the following areas:
Community: Gender, City and Village, Environment: Society and Nature, Interface of Community and Environment: Art, Religion, Ethnicity, Law

18th July, 2020

SAFAR & CASSA present Comparative South Asian Studies Lecture series. Lecture-4 Prof. Arun Gupto, on “Myths of Catabiosis: Aging Lakshmana, Aging Perseus”. Date: 18th July 2020, Saturday Time: 10.00-11.00AM (NPT)

4th July, 2020

SAFAR & CASSA present Comparative South Asian Studies Lecture series. Lecture-3 Panelists: Dr. Barsha Moktan Rayamajhi and Ms. Sujana Rajkarnikar on “Work-Life Balance: A Challenge for South Asian Women”. Date: 4th July 2020, Saturday Time: 9.00-10.00AM (NPT)

17th June, 2020

SAFAR & CASSA present Comparative South Asian Studies Lecture series. Lecture-2 Dr. Diksha Dhar, Asst. Professor-English on When Raja Goes to School and Rani Helps in the Kitchen: Exploring the Limits of Gender Representation in English Curriculum Date: 20th June 2020, Saturday Time: 10.00-11.00AM (NPT)

4th June 2020

SAFAR & CASSA present Comparative South Asian Studies Lecture series. Prof. Sangita Rayamajhi on Violence, Dignity and Honor Date: 6th June 2020, Saturday Time: 10.00-11.30AM (NPT)

SAFAR in collaboration with Premier University, Chittagong, Bangladesh has organized two events in Oct, 2019 at Premier University premises.

Digital Humanities Workshop and Nepal-Bangladesh Memory Studies workshop


River Stage II, Friday, August, 3, 2018

Part of documentary “Four Gray Walls, Four Gray Towers”

Conceptualized by Arun Gupto

River Stage is an InterArt performance, a submission to the rivers in the cities when almost nothing is left but the arts to offer!Abhi Subedi and Leonard Schwartz  read “Words, Mirrors, and Words,” a collection from their works! Salil Subedi’s musical composition and performance connects the river with the minds of the poets.

Camera: Renuka Khatiwada and Prabhat Humagain