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SOAS academics publish new book on rebuilding Nepal after earthquakes and natural disasters in the country

19 November 2021

Michael Hutt, Emeritus Professor of Nepali and Himalayan Studies has published a new book titled, Epicentre to Aftermath: Rebuilding and Remembering in the Wake of Nepal's Earthquakes. 

Epicentre to Aftermath was co-edited by Professor Hutt, Mark Liechty and Stefanie Lotter and published by Cambridge University Press. 

Epicentre to Aftermath makes both empirical and conceptual contributions to the growing body of disaster studies literature by providing an analysis of a disaster aftermath that is steeped in the political and cultural complexities of its social and historical context. Drawing together scholars from a range of disciplines, the book highlights the political, historical, cultural, artistic, emotional, temporal, embodied and material dynamics at play in the earthquake aftermath. 

The book is an output of the AHRC/GCRF-funded project 'After the Earth's Violent Sway' (2017-20), based at SOAS, of which Professor Hutt was the Principal Investigator and Dr. Stefanie Lotter was the Co-Investigator.  Epicentre to Aftermath comprises 15 chapters by a total of 33 authors and co-authors, and is available online.

Please visit the Sway project website for more information on the project, including further publications, digital library, blogs etc.

Michael Hutt is a scholar of Nepali literature who has authored and edited fourteen books and over fifty articles and book chapters on Nepali and Himalayan topics. His most recent book was the edited volume Political Change and Public Culture in Post-1990 Nepal published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

Stefanie Lotter is Senior Teaching and Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS University of London.

Mark Liechty is a cultural anthropologist by training, and has been a student of Nepali and South Asian culture and history for more than three decades. He is the author of three influential books on modern Nepal and a founding co-editor of the journal Studies in Nepali History and Society.