Safar - Kathmandu, Nepal


SAFAR in collaboration with Institute of Advanced Communication, Education and Research (IACER) is going to conduct a workshop in summer 2023 (updates will be available in September).

Travelling Knowledge and the Disciplines of Archeology and Postcolonialism

Knowledge travels and thus decenters spatio-temporal boundaries questioning the origin and authority of knowledge. Neither the pre-historical humans were bloodthirsty apes nor they were Hobbes’s brutish beasts and Rousseau’s noble savages.  There was nothing like a sudden creative bloom or Upper Palaeolethic revolution 45 thousand years ago which shot humans to cultural grandeur.  Were there nothing like the Hebraic concept of the origin of civilization, the Vedic origin of the universe, and more recently, nothing like European Enlightenment as the harbinger of reason and progress?  We may try to learn how hunter-gatherers and foragers were societies with the sense of freedom and social organization as we claim we are or what Europe learnt about reason and democracy from the Native Americans is worth knowing, and it is equally worth exploring the practice of multiculturalism and secularism in ancient Islamic empires. Knowledge has travelled in space and time disavowing any idea about the origin and authority of civilization within specific civilizational frames.  We will converse these issues with leading thinkers within the domains and interface of archeology and postcolonialism.  Contact Prof. Arun Gupto for further information.

Prof. Dr. Sangita Rayamajhi is conducting a hybrid workshop on Gender and Sexuality Theory and Praxis in December, 2022. Prof. Rayamajhi will take South Asian cultural contexts in spacial reference to the issues of the margin. For more information and registration send mails to We will provide materials once you are registered.

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 within August, 2022 to Prof. Gupto (

The conference focused on community studies and environmental studies by covering the following areas:

  1. Community: Gender, City and Village
  2. Environment: Society and Nature
  3. Interface of Community and Environment: Art, Religion, Ethnicity, Law 

18th July, 2020

SAFAR & CASSA present
Comparative South Asian Studies Lecture series.
Prof. Arun Gupto, PhD 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.
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.
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