This project will document and analyse the cultural and political impacts of Nepal’s 2015 earthquakes. The physical impact of a natural disaster such as a major earthquake is immediately visible: lost lives, displaced people, destroyed houses and a shattered cultural heritage.
However, the longer-term impact and legacy of such an event is less apparent. The project is structured along three distinct but inter-related themes. It will examine public discourse to understand social and political change; it will study efforts to reclaim and reinvent material culture; and it will study archival material to identify the permanent marks left by previous disasters.