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CEH seminar, Alark Saxena and Ornella Puschiasis, 22 June 2017

Presentations within the framework of the CEH seminar

Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Place : Conference room, building D
For those of you who are not from the CNRS campus, Villejuif: please note that you will have to leave a piece of identity at the entrance to the campus (in accordance with the plan Vigipirate, the national security alert system).

Alark Saxena
Associate Research Scientist, Lecturer
and Program Director Yale Himalaya Initiative
Yale, USA
Visiting scholar, Aarhus University, Danemark


Tourism in Sagarmatha – A boon or a bane?



From the time of the first summit of Mt. Everest in 1953, Khumbu valley and Sagarmatha National Park have experienced an exponential growth in tourism in terms of number of tourists, related infrastructure which has led to increased demand for natural resources and environmental pollution. At the same time tourism has also changed the socio-economic status of the Sherpa community. Focusing on the key drivers of tourism, this presentation will discuss materials drawn from two papers in preparation: a) the social and economic dynamics of tourism and b) the soft power of tourism that has transformed lives in the valley.

Ornella Puschiasis
Doctor in geography, associated member of CEH


From Yak driver to Taxi driver: spatial mobilities and socio-cultural remittances of translocal Sherpas from Khumbu to New York



The first Sherpas migrated to the United States to seek work in the 1980s. Today they are approximately 5,000 living in New York. Besides a financial support that remittances provide families with, migrants contribute to major social change: social networks have reshaped knowledge transfers to distant native villages where information now circulates rapidly implying a wider circulation of ideas and skills from New York to Nepal. Based on in-depth interviews and multi-sited fieldwork, from the Everest region to Kathmandu and New York, this presentation discusses i) the level of ‘‘connectedness’’ Sherpas have forged and maintain between these distant spaces and ii) its consequences for local water and soil management through "socio-cultural remittances".