The reconstruction of monuments and communities in Nepal after the earthquake of 2015

The reconstruction of monuments and communities in Nepal after the earthquake of 2015

Workshop organized by the SEECHAC (European Society for the Study of Central Asian and Himalayan Civilisations)

On 25 April 2015 a massive earthquake struck Nepal, resulting in the loss of almost 9,000 lives as well as catastrophic destruction to homes, temples and other national monuments of inestimable historical and cultural value. The national and international response has been highly varied, both with regard to the measures adopted and the successes achieved. In this workshop, five internationally known scholars of Nepal will talk about their own experiences in engaging with the challenges of reconstructing the country’s buildings and communities. These will include an overview of the different responses to conservation and reconstruction in the Kathmandu Valley (David Andolfatto); a discussion of the measures taken to restore infrastructure and to develop social services in the communities (Denis Blamont, Blandine Ripert and Brigitte Steinmann); and a presentation of the Nepali-language poetry that has emerged in the four years that have elapsed since the earthquake struck (Michael Hutt).

Earthquake in Nepal