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Shneiderman, Sara Beth

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Post-Ph.D. Research Grant
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British Columbia, U. of
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Shneiderman, Dr. Sara Beth, U. of British Columbia, Vancouver, Cananda - To aid research on 'Restructuring Life: Citizenship, Territory and Religiosity in Nepal's State of Transition'

DR. SARA SHNEIDERMAN, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, received a grant in October 2014 to aid research on 'Restructuring Life: Citizenship, Territory, and Religiosity in Nepal's State of Transition.' Foundation funding supported Phase Two of this project, from January 2015 to December 2016. Unfortunately, the research could not be completed as planned due to Nepal's massive double earthquakes of April/May 2015. After a hiatus in mid-2015, the work continued along a new trajectory, linking the original focus on post-conflict state restructuring with the post-earthquake dynamics of reconstruction. Still ongoing, Phase Three considers the intersections between these mutually conditioning processes of social transformation in the wake of the September 2015 promulgation of Nepal's new constitution. A key finding is that while Nepali citizens experienced the 1996-2006 conflict as a time of uncertainty, many experienced the period between 2006-2015 as a period of possibility. Greater political agency vis-à-vis the Nepali state played a central role in shaping post-disaster capacities to secure resources and participate in the local-level restructuring process and elections held in 2017. These insights, as well as data on changing conceptualizations of citizenship, territory and religiosity, contribute to anthropological debates over the relationship between state structures and political agency.