Since December 2009 Social Science Baha has been serving as the Kathmandu Centre of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS), an academic association based in the USA with global membership. The ANHS and the Baha and has collaborated in activities that promote social sciences in Nepal and the Himalayan region through activities such as lectures, workshops, seminars and conferences; research; and exchange of fellows and continue such programmes in the future.
The Baha and ANHS organised the conference ‘Changing Dynamics of Nepali Society and Politics’ in association with Alliance for Social Dialogue from 17 to 19 August, 2011. Over the course of the three days, 29 papers were presented and discussed upon. The papers covered the effects (on and) of the rise of identity movements and active civil society among others on (and of) socio-cultural and politico-economic changes in Nepal.
Between December, 2009-December, 2010, ANHS and the Baha collaborated in hosting two reading seminars in Kathmandu. The first was led by Arjun Guneratne titled Ethnicity and Identity in South Asia: A Comparative Perspective and the second by Mahendra Lawoti titled Diversity and Democracy. Both the seminars were structured as reading and discussion based and the participants were provided with a substantive reading material beforehand.
In order to make the contents of the ANHS journal Himalaya more accessible in Nepal, ANHS and the Baha worked together to start ‘The Himalaya Studies in Nepal Series’ which would republish articles particular themes previously published in the journal in book form. In 2010, two books were published under the Series: Dalits of Nepal, Towards Dignity, Citizenship and Justice edited by Arjun Guneratne and Ethnicity, Inequality, And Politics in Nepal edited by Arjun Guneratne and Mahendra Lawoti.