Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Shishav Parajuli

PhD Candidate in Political Science
Summer Fellow 2017
Project Title:The Paragon of Animal, The Quintessence of Dust: An Invitation to the General Assembly of Humans and Dust in Kathmandu


Shishav Parajuli is a graduate student from Kathmandu, Nepal. Shishav completed his BA in the Great Books program from St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM, and recently received his MA in Politics from Villanova University, PA. His research interests are violence and ideology as state apparatus, the process of institutionalizing social norms, the particular instances of cultural legitimization of structural violence to form a hegemonic condition, and the process by which multi-agential social movements /actors are capable of presenting a common resistance. He is also interested in the broad arrays of Marxist and critical theories, Greek tragedies, Russian Literature and history of Maths and Sciences.

In this summer research project, Shishav is looking to theorize two phenomena that traverse the post-earthquake, reconstructing (physically, politically) Nepal: dust and displacement. He seeks to explore the dusty archives of Kathmandu, frequent the dust-proof governmental offices, and write the narratives of the dusty hands of those trying to rebuild their homes and dreams. Meanwhile, he also engages with the literature that seeks to bring things to the foreground of politics. What does it mean for the dust in Kathmandu to be represented in the parliament— to convert the parliament (of people) into a parliament of things?