Anthropology Student Wins Dor Bahadur Bista Prize
Congratulations to Social Anthropology PhD candidate Samuele Poletti.
Samuele has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Dor Bahadur Bista Prize for best graduate student paper for his paper Horoscopic knowledge and existential narratives: Predetermination and freedom in the Sinja Valley of Jumla District, Nepal.
The committee found Sam's paper to be 'a concise, coherent, and compelling piece that rethinks the idea of fatalism to suggest ways in which agency can be found within it. The paper is very well written and argued, and does an excellent job of bringing to life the critical role horoscopes can play in Nepalis' lives, as well as revealing attitudes about death and dying. [...] how fitting it is that a paper that draws on Dor Bahadur Bista's famous work on fatalism in Nepal would receive a prize in his honour.'
The award will be announced via ANHS' newsletter and website and Sam will also be recognised at the Himalayan Studies Conference V in Boulder, CO in September 2017.