Designing a Himalayan Studies minor: integrating community engagement language learning and Area Studies knowledge

Title Designing a Himalayan Studies minor: integrating community engagement language learning and Area Studies knowledge
Faculty/College/Unit Arts
Status Active
Duration 2 Year
Initiation 04/01/2017
Funding Details
Year 1: Project Year Year 1
Year 1: Funding Year 2017/2018
Year 1: Project Type Small TLEF
Year 1: Principal Investigator Sara Shneiderman
Year 1: Funded Amount 17,703
Year 1: Team Members

Katherine Hacker, Assistant Professor, Art History, Visual Art, and Theory, Faculty of Arts
Tsering Shakya, Associate Professor / Canada Research Chair in Religion & Contemporary Society in Asia, Institute of Asian Research, Faculty of Arts
Mark Turin, Associate Professor, First Nations and Endangered Languages Program and Anthropology, Faculty of Arts
Ratna Shrestha, Sessional Lecturer, Vancouver School of Economics, Faculty of Arts

Project Summary

We propose to develop a Himalayan Studies minor that integrates the concepts of global citizenship and local community engagement with immersive language learning—all in relation to an underserved, but culturally and geopolitically important world area. There is presently no program in Himalayan Studies at any Canadian institution; UBC is poised to be a leader in this field. Housed in the Faculty of Arts, the minor will be designed in collaboration with the Nepali and Tibetan communities of Vancouver. TLEF funding will support two primary objectives: developing a sustainability plan to ensure the long-term viability of existing intensive summer language courses in Nepali and Tibetan; and designing a 200-level year-long interdisciplinary, transregional foundational course in Himalayan Studies. Our project team includes faculty from Anthropology, Art History, Asian Studies, Economics, FNEL and IAR, who have worked together since 2014 to build the UBC Himalaya Program.