Amy Johnson

Grant Type

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

Institutional Affiliation

Yale U.

Grant number

Gr. 9312

Approve Date

April 25, 2016

Project Title

Johnson, Amy L., Yale U., New Haven, CT - To aid research on 'Citizenship and Belonging: Environment, Federalism, and Nepal's New Constitution,' supervised by Dr. Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan

Preliminary abstract: On 20 September 2015, Nepal adopted a new constitution with provisions for federal provinces. Yet, conflict surrounding province deliniation continues to disrupt federalism’s implementation. This project examines how negotiations over federal province boundaries become opportunities to articulate changing identifications with environment and expectations of the nation-state. The research is sited primarily amongst migrants from the Hills of Nepal, called Pahadis, who settled in the lowland Tarai of the remote Farwestern Development Region in the mid-twentieth century. As Pahadis express desires for federal provinces that incorporate Hill and Tarai environments, their ideas circulate through networks of political elites and experts responsible for designing and amending the constitution. Moving across scales of place, region, and nation and over registers of landscape, politics, and constitutional law, this project inquires into the process of making a state federal, asking in what ways, and under what conditions, intimate experiences of environment may be brought into the design of a nation.