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Narrating Developments

Narrating Developments: Key note talk: Nepal Study Days
Speaker: Stacy Leigh Pigg # Simon Fraser University; Hosted by: EdCMA # U of E
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16th Apr 2019 09:15 - 16th Apr 2019 10:15
Seminar Room 1, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square


Key Note for Nepal Study Days 

University of Edinburgh 

April 16th 2019 

Dr. Stacy Leigh Pigg 

Simon Fraser University 

Bikās (Development) has long been a potent, elusive, and polyvalent concept in Nepal. Researchers seeking to understand society, politics, and environment contend – one way or another – with this concept, often by tracking what various people do in the name of bikās. What development narratives get told in Nepal? Which get heard? In this talk, Dr. Pigg revisits three of her research projects, each carried out in distinct historical moments over nearly four decades, in order to reflect on these changing contexts and the questions they provoke.


Dr. Stacy Leigh Pigg is Professor of Anthropology at Simon Fraser University, near Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Pigg's research explores the global interconnections and uneven translations produced through medicine, science, and development. Her ethnographic research in Nepal has been published in numerous articles on the creation of public knowledge about AIDS, on the cultural impact of national ideologies of modernization, on how “development” schemes look and feel to the people who are their targets, and on the relation between western medicine and traditional healing – projects that all emerged from her long-standing interest in the negotiation of differing frameworks of meaning as this occurs under conditions of social inequality. Dr. Pigg served as Editor of the journal Medical Anthropology: Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness from 2000-2006, and is the incoming Editor of American Ethnologist (2019 – 2022). She is co-editor (with Vincanne Adams) of Sex in Development: Science, Sexuality, and Morality in Global Perspective (Duke University Press).


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